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Ward Academy Showcase: Musicality

The Ward Academy is proud to present  MUSICALITY.

‘Because who doesn't want a world where everyone bursts into song and dance'

Inspired by the wonderful world of Musicals, our children will be performing a selection of scenes, songs and routines from popular Musicals that are dear to all our hearts! 

This show promises to make you smile, sing along and more importantly have a great time!

Come along and step into MUSICALITY.......

1pm – Worsley & Bolton Show
5pm – Middleton & Knutsford Show

School Information:

The Ward Academy is a unique Theatre & Creative Arts School for children of all ages to explore and express their unique personalities and talents.

We hold weekly classes based around the North West (Worsley, Middleton, Bolton, Knutsford) offering classes to children aged 3-16.

Our classes offer the specialism of drama and performing arts with an original curriculum full of innovation, creativity and fun!

We also run a successful Casting Agency where our class children have the opportunity to audition for roles in TV, Theatre, Commercials, Film and Voiceover. Visit our agency website:
www.thewamanagement.com.  

Or for more information on our school please visit our school website:
 
www.thewardacademy.com

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
26/06/2022 17:00
All My Friends Hate Me (15)
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
26/06/2022 to 27/06/2022
Anton and Giovanni – Him and Me

Strictly Come Dancing professionals ANTON DU BEKE and GIOVANNI PERNICE join forces in 2021 for their first ever tour together - HIM & ME!

The Ballroom King and the two-time Guinness World Record holder will be joined by a world class
cast of dancers and singers.

This show promises to be THE best night out in the Summer of 2021 for all ages…
A true dance extravaganza!

Produced by Strictly Theatre Co. and directed by Alan Burkitt.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
26/06/2022 19:30
Chloe Petts

The debut show of rising star and “very funny” (Guardian) Chloe Petts touring the UK for the first time! A brilliantly sharp live performer and "compelling presence" (Steve Bennett, Chortle), she is one of the most exciting acts on the UK scene.

Fresh from supporting Ed Gamble on his UK Tour, Petts uses her trademark cerebral “laddishness” to examine her desperate attempts at living in the moment, the darts and her (strictly non-romantic) love for men.

As seen on Hypothetical (Dave), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV) and The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2).

Do not miss Petts' debut tour!

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
26/06/2022 20:00
Lowry PrePaid Car Parking

Pre Pay for your Parking.

Parking is valid all day. T
his voucher does not guarantee you a space. Weadvise you to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

If booking 10days in advance we will post your Car Park exit ticket to you in the post. If booking within 10days of your visit you will need to collect it from the Box Office counter.

The Lowry Oulet Mall Car Park, Salford
27/06/2022 to 31/12/2022
Our workshops, make a booking - Secondary Schools - Visual Art – Classrooms
27/06/2022 to 28/07/2023
Dove Cottage, Museum, Garden-Orchard & Woodland

Our booking system is only for advance bookings. To check availability for Dove Cottage & the Museum today, please phone 015394 355 44. If your call is not answered, leave a message with your number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. There is no need to book in advance for the Museum only, as we have no limit on spaces.

OPENING TIMES

To 23 December
Tuesday to Saturday
10am-4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.00pm)

28 December to 1 January
Tuesday to Saturday
10am-4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.00pm)

25 January to 26 March
Tuesday to Saturday
10am–4pm (last entry to Dove Cottage is 3.00pm)

29 March to 30 October
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-5pm (last entry to Museum is 4.20pm)

In keeping with current government guidelines, visitors cannot book more than six tickets for any given time slot.

DOVE COTTAGE

In late 1799, while on a walking tour of the Lake District, William Wordsworth saw Dove Cottage in Grasmere and decided to make it his home. He had known the valley as a boy, describing it as ‘paradise’. Within a few weeks, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy had moved in and were busily furnishing the home and planning a garden. It was whilst living here that Wordsworth produced most of his greatest and best-loved poems, and Dorothy wrote her fascinating Grasmere journal.

A visit to Dove Cottage today transports you back to this remarkable period of ‘plain living and high thinking’. The sights, sounds and smells bring to life the bustling family home the Wordsworths would have known over 200 years ago. In this humble Lake District cottage, you can feel how a unique combination of people and place came together and changed poetry forever.

THE GARDEN-ORCHARD

Take a stroll through the delightful fell-side garden behind Dove Cottage, which Wordsworth referred to as a ‘little domestic slip of mountain’.

The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

Whether you see snowdrops in winter, daffodils and bluebells in spring, an abundance of wildflowers through summer, or the changing colours of the leaves in autumn, Dove Cottage garden is stunning in all seasons.

THE MUSEUM

Uncover Wordsworth’s radical and creative life in the new and expanded Museum and enjoy breathtaking views of Grasmere Vale from a unique Viewing Platform.

Discover William Wordsworth’s remarkable story through a unique collection of some of the greatest treasures from the Romantic age. Objects, maps and interactive displays will help you to unravel the adventures that shaped Wordsworth’s thoughts and inspirations.

The Museum will have a range of activities for children. Have a go at writing with a quill and ink, dress up in Georgian clothes, play with traditional toys or take on a Minecraft challenge.

Wordsworth Grasmere
27/06/2022 to 31/12/2022
Museum, Garden-Orchard & Woodland

Online booking is available for advance hourly tickets only. Tickets for today can be purchased when you arrive, although we cannot guarantee availability.  If you’d like to speak to a member of our team about your visit today, please call 015394 35544.

OPENING TIMES

To 23 December
Tuesday to Saturday
10am-4pm (last entry to the Museum is 3.30pm)

28 December to 1 January
Tuesday to Saturday
10am-4pm (last entry to the Museum is 3.30pm)

25 January to 26 March
Tuesday to Saturday
10am–4pm (last entry to Museum is 3.30pm)

29 March to 30 October
Tuesday to Sunday
10am-5pm (last entry to Museum is 4.30pm)



THE GARDEN-ORCHARD

Take a stroll through the delightful fell-side garden behind Dove Cottage, which Wordsworth referred to as a ‘little domestic slip of mountain’.

The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

Whether you see snowdrops in winter, daffodils and bluebells in spring, an abundance of wildflowers through summer, or the changing colours of the leaves in autumn, Dove Cottage garden is stunning in all seasons.

THE MUSEUM

Uncover Wordsworth’s radical and creative life in the new and expanded Museum and enjoy breathtaking views of Grasmere Vale from a unique Viewing Platform.

Discover William Wordsworth’s remarkable story through a unique collection of some of the greatest treasures from the Romantic age. Objects, maps and interactive displays will help you to unravel the adventures that shaped Wordsworth’s thoughts and inspirations.

The Museum will have a range of activities for children. Have a go at writing with a quill and ink, dress up in Georgian clothes, play with traditional toys or take on a Minecraft challenge.

Wordsworth Grasmere
27/06/2022 to 31/12/2022
Salford Dance Explosion

A 3 day festival of dance performances from local schools, colleges and dance academies showcasing a full range of genres celebrating dance.

Monday 27th July

Danceworks x 2

Miss Joanne Farnell

Dance4Fun

Rachel Walker

St Marys

Christ the King

Moorside Primary

St Andrews, Eccles

Loretto College

Tuesday 28th

Reflections

FD Academy

Funkey Dance

Miss Joanne Farnell

Abigail Bibby

Rachel Walker

St Charles

Mill Green

Cathedral

Holy Cross College

St Peters RC, Rossendale
 
Wednesday 29th

Reflections x 2

Ward Academy

Theatreworks Bury

Miss Joanne Farnell

Rachel Walker

Pendleton College

St Marks

Coop Academy, Walkden

Irlam Endowed

St Andrews, Boothstown


The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
27/06/2022 to 29/06/2022
Cluedo
Starring Michelle Collins at Miss Scarlett!

Was it Miss Scarlet, with the revolver in the dining room, or was it Professor Plum, with the lead pipe in the library?……..
 
Based on the classic detective board game loved by generations and the hit 1985 film CLUE, the brand new stage play of CLUEDO is coming to The Lowry Theatre next Spring. This UK premier production is directed by Mark Bell, director of the award winning The Play That Goes Wrong and A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and just like the game, it promises audiences of all ages a nostalgic, fun and thrilling evening of entertainment.
 
When Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Revered Green, Mrs. White and Colonel Mustard all arrive at a country house one dark and stormy evening, they are concerned to find they have all received the same mysterious invitation from Lord Boddy. What’s clear is that they all have something to hide and the mystery and hysteria grows, as the inhabitants and guests of Boddy Manor start being killed, with a variety of familiar weapons, leaving everyone to wonder, who will be next! 
 
This hilarious spoof of a thriller, will keep you guessing right up to the finale as both the audience and actors onstage try to work out whodunnit….with what... and where!!
The Lowry Theatre, Salford
27/06/2022 to 02/07/2022
Jurassic World: Dominion (12A)
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
27/06/2022 to 30/06/2022
Our workshops, make a booking - Secondary Schools - Dance & Drama – Studio 3
Our workshops, make a booking - Secondary Schools - Dance & Drama – Studio 3
28/06/2022 to 28/07/2023
Our workshops, make a booking - Primary Schools - Visual Art - Classrooms
Lowry School Workshops
28/06/2022 to 28/07/2023
The Lowry Gallery


Suggested duration of visit: 1 hour. Please note: The galleries close at 5pm. As such, visitors should only book the 4:30pm timed-entry if they are happy to experience the exhibition in a reduced 30 minute session. Thank you.


Please note: This ticket permits admission for both The L.S.Lowry Collection and our current exhibition. Booking tickets for individual exhibitions is not required..


Please take a look at our FAQs in advance of your visit. – www.thelowry.com/coronavirus

 

The Lowry Gallery, Salford
28/06/2022 to 02/10/2022
Pre-Theatre Evening Dining

Click on the desired timeslot below to book:  (If no availability is shown online please call the restaurant direct on 0161 876 2121)


Carrot and rosemary soup, sour cream, chives, olive bread (v/ve)

Prawn salad, saffron & dill mayonnaise, apple, pickled shallots, baby leaves

Pressed chicken, apricot and pancetta, tomato chutney, herb salad, toasted ciabatta

Mixed tomato and beetroot salad, roasted pine nuts, balsamic dressing, bitter leaves (ve)
 

Roast salmon, mixed beans orecchiette, tomato broth, pesto

Pan-fried chicken breast, spinach, buttered carrots, forest mushrooms, gratin potato, cream sauce

Macaroni and Lancashire Bomb cheese, dressed cos lettuce salad (v)

Gnocchi, roast squash, mixed beans, tomato broth, pesto (ve)


Chunky chips
 

Vanilla cheesecake, raspberries, pistachio Chantilly

Chocolate torte, orange curd, honeycomb

Grandpa Greene’s Ice creams, Belgium waffle

Farmhouse cheeses, red onion chutney, celery, oat biscuits

Pier Eight, The Lowry, Salford
28/06/2022 to 08/07/2023
Between Two Worlds (12A)
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
28/06/2022 to 30/06/2022
The Lady Boys of Bangkok 2022– Summer of Fun Tour - Manchester (ladyboys)
Sabai Pavilion, Trafford Centre, Grand Hall Entrance, M17 8AA
28/06/2022 to 09/07/2022
Jurassic World: Dominion (12A) HOH Subtitled Screening
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
28/06/2022 19:40
9. ELRPS Member
ELRPS Member
East Lancashire Railway
29/06/2022 to 02/01/2023
2. Heywood to Ramsbottom
Heywood to Ramsbottom
East Lancashire Railway
29/06/2022 to 31/12/2022
National Football Museum Entry

Whether you’re a die-hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a break to Manchester, enjoy a visit to England’s only national museum for football.

Learn more about the game of our lives, see iconic objects, and sharpen your skills in the museum’s football challenges.

Opening days: Wednesday – Sunday

Opening times: 10:00am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Visitors cannot book more than six tickets for any given time slot.

Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

Concession applies to: Full Time Students, 65+ and Unemployed.

The museum receives financial support from Manchester City Council. As part of that arrangement city residents benefit from free admission.

Existing ticket holders (within 12 months of their previous visit) can book their time slot free of charge.

Tickets are currently only bookable four weeks in advance.

National Football Museum
29/06/2022 to 31/07/2022
Little Creatives
The Lowry, The Lookout
29/06/2022
Standard tickets
Avon Valley Railway
29/06/2022
Behind the Scenes Tours
Join us for our popular Behind The Scenes Tours for yourself, your friends or your group to enjoy a tour of Stockport's magnificent 1932 Art Deco Super Cinema and Variety Theatre.

Many of the greatest stage and screen stars of yesteryear and the modern day have appeared in person on stage or on the giant silver screen here at The Plaza since her doors first opened. Here is your chance to have a guided tour behind the scenes of this magnificent building of international significance with tickets sale proceeds going towards our ongoing Maintenance and Restoration Appeal.

Kindly note that access for this tour does include stairs.

Buy your tickets in advance or simply turn up on the day....
The Plaza, Stockport
29/06/2022 to 21/09/2022
Pre-Theatre Matinee Dining

Click on the desired timeslot below to book:  (If no availability is shown online please call the restaurant direct on 0161 876 2121)


Carrot and rosemary soup, sour cream, chives, olive bread (v/ve)

Prawn salad, saffron & dill mayonnaise, apple, pickled shallots, baby leaves

Pressed chicken, apricot and pancetta, tomato chutney, herb salad, toasted ciabatta

Mixed tomato and beetroot salad, roasted pine nuts, balsamic dressing, bitter leaves (ve)
 

Roast salmon, mixed beans orecchiette, tomato broth, pesto

Pan-fried chicken breast, spinach, buttered carrots, forest mushrooms, gratin potato, cream sauce

Macaroni and Lancashire Bomb cheese, dressed cos lettuce salad (v)

Gnocchi, roast squash, mixed beans, tomato broth, pesto (ve)


Chunky chips
 

Vanilla cheesecake, raspberries, pistachio Chantilly

Chocolate torte, orange curd, honeycomb

Grandpa Greene’s Ice creams, Belgium waffle

Farmhouse cheeses, red onion chutney, celery, oat biscuits

Pier Eight, The Lowry, Salford
29/06/2022
Midweek Luncheon
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East Lancashire Railway
29/06/2022 to 28/10/2022
Between Two Worlds (12A) Arts and Biscuits Screening
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
29/06/2022 14:00
Gandeys Circus - Llandudno
LLANDUDNO – Bodafon Fields, Gwynedd, LL30 3BB
29/06/2022 to 03/07/2022
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (15)
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
29/06/2022 21:10
Summer Diesel Gala
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East Lancashire Railway
30/06/2022 to 02/07/2022
Summer Diesel Gala Brake Van Rides

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East Lancashire Railway Bolton Street Station
30/06/2022 to 02/07/2022
Streets Apart Commission – Info Session
Online Zoom Meeting
30/06/2022 12:00
Larry Dean

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and star of Live At The Apollo returns with a brand new hour of "confessional storytelling at its funniest" (Herald ★★★★★). 

As seen on Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Mock The Week and Roast Battle.

"Destined to become a household name" Telegraph ★★★★

Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show 2018.
Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show 2016.
Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2015.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
30/06/2022 20:00
Altrincham Film Club Presents - “HERSELF ”
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Thursday 30th June 2022
30/06/2022 20:00
Housewives On Holiday (Adults Only)
The Plaza, Stockport
01/07/2022 19:30
Fleetwood Bac
The Rumours are true: Fleetwood Bac are coming 'Bac' to The Old Courts!
The Old Courts, Wigan
01/07/2022 20:30
Rail Ale Trail
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East Lancashire Railway
02/07/2022 to 19/11/2022
A Taste of Italy
Avon Valley Railway
02/07/2022 to 03/09/2022
The Dawning - Lowry CAT Showcase
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
02/07/2022 to 03/07/2022
Murder Mystery Evening
02/07/2022 to 05/11/2022
Lost In Music - One Night At The Disco
Get ready to recreate the Magical 70's and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco! Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from Artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic.

This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals. So, come dressed to impress as we celebrate the golden age of Disco! With songs such as Never Can Say Goodbye, On The Radio, Hot Stuff, Car Wash, Boogie Wonderland and many, many more!

Note: This is a tribute show and is in no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows. Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme.
The Plaza, Stockport
02/07/2022 19:30
Caravan & Motorhome Club Member Ticket

Please note the ELR has made changes to our  "Steam Services"

13, 27 March, 3, 10  April:
 Public services will be operated by a Heritage Diesel Locomotive ( NO Steam Services )  


6 – 8 April: Steam services that day will operate with both  a Steam Locomotive & Heritage Diesel Locomotive


Tickets are valid for date shown

Tickets are valid for All Day

Please make sure you have a version of your ticket (printed OR have them on your handheld device and have them with you ready for inspection on the day.

 

Please bring your Caravan and Motorhome Club Card with you, failure to have this will result in you being charged the standard fare of £21.50 per person

Please note that tickets will show 09:00 this is a generic time and does not reflect the first train departure of the day.  Please refer to the timetable of your day of departure time and opening time of the station of your choice.






East Lancashire Railway
03/07/2022 to 02/01/2023
One Full Line Return Trip

Fancy one of the best days out in the North West?

Try our full line return, an amazing steam train day out including 12 miles of stunning scenery and 7 unique stops packed with things to do. Enjoy a steam train ride, historic waiting rooms, picture perfect platforms and of course a gift shop. A perfect family day out!

Pick the date you want to set off on your adventure. Your ticket allows you to make one full line round trip, and you can start your journey on any timetables service that day. 

As part of the booking process for tickets you will be asked to select your board point. Please note On Green Timetable Days there are NO trains too and from Heywood. Please do not select this as a board point.

Make sure you check our timetables for exact departure times from your chosen starting point on www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Full Line return tickets are also available for the following, please ensure you bring the appropriate pass on the day of travel:

Resident Permit Holders
ELRPS Member
ATOC Members


East Lancashire Railway
03/07/2022 to 02/01/2023
Day Rover Ticket (All Day Travel) 2022

 

Fancy one of the best days out in the North West?

Try our Day Rover Tickets, an amazing steam train day out including 12 miles of stunning scenery and 7 unique stops packed with things to do. Including not just the steam train ride, but also our historic waiting rooms, picture perfect platforms and of course a gift shop. A perfect family day out!

Tickets are valid for the date shown and All Day Travel

Please NOTE - Times shown are generic and does not reflect the time of departure. You can start your journey on any timetabled service that day. 

As part of the booking process for tickets you will be asked to select your board point. Please note On Green Timetable Days there are NO trains too and from Heywood. Please do not select this as a board point.

Please check
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk for the first train of the day from your chosen board point.

Please make sure you have a version of your ticket (printed OR have them on your handheld device and have them with you ready for inspection)

Resident Permit Holders
ELRPS Member
HRA Members - Please note from the 1st March 2022 the HRA Pass will not be valid on the ELR
ATOC

In order to book any of the above tickets please make sure you have a valid Pass to show on the day of travel. 

East Lancashire Railway
03/07/2022 to 02/01/2023
The Wizarding Adventure
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East Lancashire Railway
03/07/2022 to 31/07/2022
Lancastrian Lunch
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East Lancashire Railway
03/07/2022 to 20/11/2022
Pudding Club Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
03/07/2022 to 04/09/2022
Fran Lebowitz

 

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
03/07/2022 19:30
The Carpenters Story - Goodbye To Love 2021 Tour

Rescheduled from Friday 22nd May 2020, Friday 11th September 2020 and Saturday 17th July 2021

This highly acclaimed production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular celebration of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music, selling over 100 million albums and singles.

This brand new show for 2021 once again features the outstanding vocal talents of Claire Furley, with Musical Director Phil Aldridge leading The Carpenters Story Orchestra as they re-create Richard Carpenter’s original orchestral arrangements.

Featuring all of the Carpenters hit songs including (They Long To Be) Close To You, Yesterday Once More, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, A Song For You, Rainy Days & Mondays, Goodbye to Love and many more!

The Plaza, Stockport
03/07/2022 19:30
Il Buco (U)
IL BUCO (U)
Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino. Italy/France/Germany 2021. 93 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.
Compelling and lyrical, this is cinema with a capital C! Inspired by a 1961 caving expedition into the caves of
Calabria, Italy, the film parallels the young explorers’ mapping of the caves against the life of an elderly
shepherd working nearby. With neither story overlapping and the film taking a near-wordless approach, Il
Buco is an experience like no other, as nature takes is course and the audience sits back and absorbs the sheer
scale of it all. Utterly mesmerising and transcendent.
“Arrestingly beautiful”
THE OBSERVER
The Square Chapel, Halifax
05/07/2022 17:00
Opera North - A Tale of Orpheus & Eurydice
The Aldridge Studio, The Lowry, Salford
05/07/2022 19:00
Derren Brown: Showman
Derren Brown returns to the stage with his brand-new live show!
 
The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, is at his very best on stage. His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history!
 
Now with his first brand new theatre show in five years, Derren Brown returns to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat!
 
"All I can reveal is that the show will ultimately be about you, the audience member, because that’s what I find most interesting. There are places I’d like to take the audience where we haven’t been before. I always aim to have it deliver more than you'd expect. I’m excited to be at the starting point of that process. Getting it on the road will be my favourite part of the year." Derren Brown
 

Not suitable for under 12s
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
05/07/2022 to 16/07/2022
Traditional Afternoon Tea
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The East Lancashire Railway
07/07/2022 to 27/10/2022
Simply Dylan - Celebrating Bob Dylan's 80th Birthday
A TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN, NOT A BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE BAND
Simply Dylan is as straightforward as the title suggests: no frills, no gimmicks and no pretense. Led by front man John O’Connell, the band delivers a tribute to Bob Dylan celebrating the rich and diverse work of the award-winning artist. It is their interpretations, precise playing and high energy renditions of some of Dylan's back catalogue that has caught the attention of many Bobcats.
What started as a modest project in 2011, recognizing Dylan's 70th Birthday, the success of the band has been nothing short of remarkable from selling out the Cavern Club 6 times, to receiving fantastic reviews from audiences across the UK, to opening up the Isle of Wight Festival on the Big Top Stage. 
Ten years on, 2021 will see the band celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday, touring the UK and once again honoring one of the world’s most prodigious songwriters.
PRESS QUOTES:
“Together, they marry the extraordinary range and beauty of Dylan's lyrics with the joyous and exuberant, celebratory sound I have always secretly wanted to hear whenever, in recent decades, I have listened to Bob Dylan.”
Alan Bleasdale, Playwright
A show every Bob Dylan fan should see.” 
Louder than War

“Johnny is one of the most talented musicians I have come across and his Dylan set is effortlessly brilliant."
Peter Hooton, The Farm

“There’s no attempt to look or dress like Dylan or imitate his voice. Instead you get John’s excellent and powerful voice, enunciating the words clearly backed up by a brilliant bassist and violinist.”
Trust the Wizards

“Great songs performed by musicians at the top of their game.”
Hub Review
The Bowdon Rooms - The Ballroom - Thursday 7th July 2022
07/07/2022 19:00
GYPSY - A Musical Fable
Buxton Opera House, Buxton
07/07/2022 to 24/07/2022
Julia Hobsbawm

The Nowhere Office

Julia Hobsbawm OBE is an entrepreneur, public speaker, and Chair of The Workshift Commission. In The Nowhere Office, Julia proposes a radical new way of thinking about work. Taking a strategic view of issues such as endemic stagnant productivity; the crisis of stress; repurposing offices for more creative interaction; and satisfying the demand for more purposeful work with greater work/life balance. Julia Hobsbawm argues persuasively that now is the time to develop something better, more meaningful, and crucially, more workable.

Interviewed by Professor Sir Cary Cooper.

Image credit: Giacomo Cannata

Buxton International Festival
08/07/2022 10:00
Film: To Sir, With Love - Cert PG
The Plaza, Stockport
08/07/2022
Charles Owen

Piano

Felix Mendelssohn Five Songs Without Words
C Schumann Romance in E Flat minor, Op. 11 No. 1
R Schumann Carnaval Op. 9
F Chopin 24 Preludes Op. 28

Following his last-minute step-in last summer, we are excited to invite back the outstanding pianist, Charles Owen.

Charles enjoys an extensive international career performing a wide-ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. For this concert, Charles brings together four iconic, interconnected 19th century musicians to create a programme of enormous emotional range, creativity, and invention. Piano music was forever changed by the genius of Mendelssohn, Chopin and the Schumanns, taking the instrument and its repertoire to the greatest of imaginative heights.

There will be an interval.

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
08/07/2022 15:00
Rossini's La donna del lago

A Buxton International Festival Production, with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792 –1868)

Set in the 16th century Scottish Highlands, La donna del lago is an opera of love, loyalty and lochs with expansive ensembles and sparkling orchestration.

Based on the epic poem The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott, the title heroine Elena is being pursued by not one but two tenors: King James V, disguised as the humble Uberto and his enemy and rival in love, Rodrigo. Complicating matters further, Elena herself loves Malcom (a trouser role) the son of one of the king’s political adversaries. Political alliances are stretched to their limit as all three vie for Elena’s attention against a backdrop of escalating war and deception. Will love make or break a divided Scotland?

La donna del lago, one of the most lyrical of Gioachino Rossini’s operas will be conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director, Adrian Kelly, and directed by internationally renowned Jacopo Spirei. Jacopo Spirei has directed several of Rossini’s lesser-known operas, including most recently Ermione at Naples’ Teatro San Carlo.

The dynamic cast of singers is lead by Irish soprano Máire Flavin, who makes her debut at the Festival. Also singing in Buxton for the first time are tenors Nico Darmanin and John Irvin, both seasoned performers of Rossini, and ENO Harewood Artist, bass baritone David Ireland. Completing the cast is mezzosoprano Catherine Carby, known to Buxton audiences for her performances in La finta giardiniera and The Dancing Master.

The libretto by Andrea Leone Tortola is based on the French translation of The Lady of the Lake.

Sung in Italian with English side-titles.

Thanks to members of the La donna del lago Syndicate for their support.

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Buxton International Festival
08/07/2022 to 22/07/2022
Red Rose Evening
08/07/2022 to 12/11/2022
Republica
Formed in the early 90's, Republica have achieved sales of over 3 Million Albums going Top 5 in UK, US and Europe and achieving Platinum Sales Worldwide.

 

Standing Only – There is no provision for seating in this venue for thisevent. If you are unable to comfortably stand for the duration of theshow, we may be able to assist with access seats. We cannot guarantee thataccess seats in this venue will provide a clear and uncompromised view of thestage.

The Old Courts, Wigan
08/07/2022 20:00
The Lancashire Hotpots Chips & Giggles
There’s only one thing more satisfying than a visit to the chippy and that’s an evening with The Lancashire Hotpots.  Bernard and the boys will be playing all your Lancashire Hotpot favourites: I Fear Ikea, Shopmobility Scooter and of course…Chippy Tea!  It’s going to be an unbeatable night of music and laughs for everyone.  Whether you’re up for a battered sausage or a tub or gravy you’re in for a great time with the Hotpots!
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
08/07/2022 20:00
Behind The Scenes Photography Experience
East Lancashire Railway
09/07/2022 to 10/09/2022
Bitton Belle First Class Lunchtime Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
09/07/2022 to 27/08/2022
The Impossible Gentlemen

The Impossible Gentlemen were founded over a decade ago by internationally acclaimed piano sensation Gwilym Simcock and Salford guitarist and UK treasure Mike Walker.  The 2022 version welcomes new UK bass and drums superstars Laurence Cottle and Ian Thomas. Three albums on from their original line-up, the new unit promises to be nothing less than remarkable with four unique talents, all superb players, coming together to create something new and powerful.

Gwilym Simcock Piano
Mike Walker Guitar
Laurence Cottle Bass
Ian Thomas Drums

“Crazy name, crazy group, but crazy like foxes“. The Evening Standard *****

“world-class jazz – nothing short of sensational” The Guardian

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Buxton International Festival
09/07/2022 15:00
Stars of The Future
09/07/2022 18:00
Premium Night
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East Lancashire Railway
09/07/2022 to 03/09/2022
Fabled Trio with Laura Jurd

Sam Rapley Sax and clarinet

Laura Jurd Trumpet

Matt Robinson Piano

Conor Chaplin Bass

Following the success of their eponymous EP in 2015, Fabled Trio released their debut album, Short Stories, to widespread critical acclaim in 2018. Drawing inspiration from Debussy, Tom Jobim, Tigran Hamasyan and Bon Iver, the music of Fabled explores the wealth of textures, harmonies and grooves available in the traditional jazz quintet setting. Heavily influenced by music for film and the relationship between music and storytelling, they are always searching for their own new ways to tell the classic, age-old stories.

Fabled Trio are joined by special guest Laura Jurd, who has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK in recent years.

‘Fabled’s every piece has its own melodic twists and turns, creating a series of real musical page-turners.’ All About Jazz

‘Rapley proves to be a sensitive and adaptable composer, his ability to craft calming melodies and rich textures brings an emotional weight and modernity to the majority of these recordings.’ – Mojo Magazine

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Buxton International Festival
09/07/2022 22:30
AMC Gospel Choir

AMC Gospel Choir offer a full-on Sunday gospel performance with a live band. AMC have toured with Hacienda Classical, have featured on Songs of Praise and have performed with Manchester Camerata. This punchy band, with mesmerising singers, make foot-stomping, on-your-feet music that combines gospel, sass and Motown. Expect rich, vibrant and joyful sounds guaranteed to make you move.

Neil has booked AMC four times and he understands why people love this group and six singers, ‘there is a direct connection between the band and the audience, so many good feelings spread amongst the room. The choice of songs, the love for the expression of joy. Combine the vocals with such great musicians and we have a recipe for success.’

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Buxton International Festival
10/07/2022 12:30
Pines Express First Class Lunchtime Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
10/07/2022 to 28/08/2022
An Afternoon with Miriam Margolyes

Spend an afternoon in the company of one of Britain’s favourite (and naughtiest) national treasures, Miriam Margolyes, as she shares stories from her remarkable life.

BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury’s Caramel Rabbit, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, Miriam is one of the most recognisable actresses working today. Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her life story in her bestselling, award-winning memoir, This Much Is True.  

In conversation for this exclusive event, Miriam will take you on an extraordinary adventure through a truly independent mind and life. Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair, what pranks led to Miriam being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had and how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John as a teenager. With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, a cross-dressing Leonardo di Caprio to Isaiah Berlin, the evening promises to be jam-packed with jaw-dropping anecdotes.

Reliably outrageous and always entertaining, join Miriam for a riotous evening as full of life and surprises as the actress herself.

‘There is no one on earth quite so wonderful as Miriam Margolyes’ Stephen Fry 

Every ticket includes a paperback copy of This Much Is True.

10/07/2022 14:00
Donizetti's Viva la Diva

A Salzburg State Theatre production in association with Buxton International Festival

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)

Donizetti’s opera is a delightful parody about a regional opera company’s preparation for a performance of an opera seria.  The singers are continually fighting over who has the most important role, with everything threatening to descend into chaos.  Then Agatha, the aging diva on whom the plot is centred, announces she is taking over. The role is written for a baritone and George Humphreys (who sang the title role in Eugene Onegin in 2019) slips into the role of the indestructible Agatha as if born to it.

The opera was first performed in Naples, and Donizetti makes witty musical references to two of Rossini’s operas written for the city, Otello and La donna del lago. The score is a delightful combination of fresh, energetic ensembles and virtuosic arias. Stephen Medcalf directs the production, teaming up with Kit Hesketh-Harvey to create a new English version for Buxton which take a look behind the scenes of an entirely fictional provincial opera company. Iwan Davies conducts the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Adapted from plays by Simeone Antonio Sografi, new English version by Kit Hesketh-Harvey

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Buxton International Festival
10/07/2022 to 23/07/2022
Xhosa Cole Quartet

The BBC Young Musician of the year 2018 brings his hard-hitting quartet to the festival. Playing inspired tunes from Dizzy, Clifford Brown, Dexter Gordon and Ornette Coleman, Xhosa stamps his own style on the classic jazz quartet. No longer a ‘rising star’, he’s now firmly established on the scene thanks to many festival appearances and his debut album K(no)w Them, K(no) Us with featured guest artists saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Reuben James.

Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham including the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazzlines Ensemble and Birmingham Music Service. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music School, he’s now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, composed music for the Ripieno Players, a Birmingham-based String Orchestra, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22-date UK tour, all along side his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Xhosa also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2019 and Jazz FM ‘Breakthrough act of the year’.

Xhosa Cole Saxophone
Nathan England Jones Drums
Steve Saunders Guitar
Josh Vadiveloo Double Bass

‘The 24-year-old tenor saxophonist/composer is a British sensation’ DOWNBEAT

‘One of the most exciting releases of the year…’ Jazzwise

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Buxton International Festival
10/07/2022 15:30
Gibsons Dance Academy: Dance Dance Dance
The Plaza, Stockport
10/07/2022 17:30
The Clare Teal Seven

Clare Teal
Joe Webb Piano
Giacomo Smith Clarinet & Sax
Pete Horsfall Trumpet
Dave Archer Guitar
Simon Little Bass
Ed Richardson Drums

Expect exhilarating swing as award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal, and a 6-piece band, celebrate 100 years of popular music.

Their programme features some of the greatest songs from the American and British Songbooks, as well as contemporary writers. The song list will include gems made famous by the first giants of the jazz age that still sound fresh and relevant today. Clare is always an entertaining and humorous host, and the evening will be packed with anecdotes and rich jazz infused repertoire. This promises to be full of joyous, uplifting and inspirational music performed by the very best.

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Buxton International Festival
10/07/2022 20:00
Tina Live
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
10/07/2022 20:00
Kirk McElhinney Trio

Kirk McElhinney Guitars/Vocals
John Ellis Piano/Vocals
Andy Hay Drums

A very cool, mellow gig to close our weekend festival, Kirk calls his sound Urban Folk. Described by Nitin Sawney as ‘a melting pot of sonic bliss’, Kirk is joined by two artists in their own right to form this beautiful sound.

Andy Hay on drums recently released his second album after the acclaimed “Many Rivers” made its mark on the British music scene.

Long time collaborator John Ellis has worked with The Cinematic Orchestra, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lily Allen, Tom Jones and so many more

All three blend together vocally and musically with real fire and soul.
 
Kirk is a national treasure and to see him with the trio is to see him truly in his element. His songs and his delivery have an uncanny ability to capture people’s hearts and move minds and bodies.

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Buxton International Festival
10/07/2022 22:30
Paul Rabbitts: A Concise History of our Great British Public Parks, presented by The Arts Society, Halifax
The Square Chapel, Halifax
12/07/2022 12:30
George Monbiot - Regenesis

Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet

Around the world, farming has been wiping out vast habitats, depleting freshwater, polluting oceans, and accelerating global heating, while leaving millions undernourished and unfed. Increasingly, there are signs that the system itself is beginning to flicker. George Monbiot suggests there is another way and shows how the hidden biological universe beneath our feet could transform what we eat and how we grow it – from the fruit and vegetable growers who cultivate pests as well as potatoes; through producers of perennial grains who are liberating their fields from ploughs; and much, much more.

Interviewed by Mark Cocker.

Sponsored by Buxton Civic Association

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Buxton International Festival
12/07/2022 12:30
Marcus Du Sautoy

Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut

How do you remember more and forget less? How can you earn more and become more creative just by moving house? And how do you pack a car boot most efficiently? Mathematics is full of better ways of thinking, and with over 2,000 years of knowledge to draw on, TV favourite and Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy interrogates his passion for shortcuts. After all, shortcuts have enabled so much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today’s algorithms that help us find a new life partner.

Interviewed by Gerry Northam.

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Buxton International Festival
13/07/2022 12:30
Joanna MacGregor

G Ligeti Musica ricercata, Op. 1 No. 1-8
F Liszt Funérailles
R Wagner (arr. Z Kocsis) Prelude from Tristan und Isolde
R Wagner (arr. F Liszt) Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
F Schubert Sonata in B flat major, D. 960

Joanna MacGregor CBE is one of the world’s most innovative musicians. She has appeared as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, performing in over eighty countries. Joanna has premiered many landmark works – from Harrison Birtwistle to John Adams and James MacMillan – and is a regular broadcaster, appearing regularly at the BBC Proms.  At the heart of her programme are transcriptions of the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s seminal music drama Tristan und Isolde.

This event has an interval.

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Buxton International Festival
13/07/2022 15:00
Hasse’s Antonio e Cleopatra

A Buxton International Festival Production

Johann Hasse (1699 –1783)

Johann Hasse was one of the most prominent and revered composers of his lifetime and was hailed as ‘superior to all other lyric composers’ by the
18th-century music critic Charles Burney. His music, characterised by its melodic beauty and formal balance, was performed across Europe with his operas and oratorios filling theatres in Dresden, Naples, Venice, Vienna and Warsaw. Following his death, his reputation receded, and his work has been largely forgotten by modern audiences. This production provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the splendour of Hasse’s music, which so captivated listeners nearly three centuries ago.

Antonio e Cleopatra was one of Hasse’s earliest Italian works and was first staged in 1725 to an elite audience near Naples. The melodic score and deft characterisation made it an instant hit. The historical tale is relayed as a serenata, through an emotional conversation between Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. The two characters deliberate their future in the wake of their defeat by Rome, with Mark Antony declaring that his love for the Egyptian Queen means more to him than the throne. Whilst Cleopatra reciprocates his feelings, she fears she will lose her freedom because of the Roman victory. She would rather die than be a slave, and so the pair agree a suicide pact.

Soprano Ellie Neate sings the role of Cleopatra. Recent highlights include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the British Youth Opera/Silent Opera and La Fée at the Guildhall School. Mezzo-soprano Thalie Knights’ most recent highlights include the title roles in Handel´s Agrippina at Dartington Arts Festival, and in Tamerlano for the Cambridge Handel Opera Company.

Musical director Satoko Doi-Luck is a founding member of the baroque ensemble Ceruleo, and most recently visited Buxton with Burying the Dead, a concert play about the life and music of Henry Purcell in 2018.

Libretto by Francesco Ricciardi. Sung in Italian with English side-titles.

There is no interval for this event.

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Buxton International Festival
13/07/2022 to 22/07/2022
Odds On
The Studio, The Lowry, Salford
13/07/2022 19:30
Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show.

In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.

Sarah has spent the last year writing jokes and growing her backside. She can’t wait to get back on the road and make you laugh.

sarahmillican.co.uk
@sarahmillican75

Age Guidance: Not Suitable for under 16s

The Plaza, Stockport
13/07/2022 20:00
David Kynaston

On The Cusp: Days of ‘62

The ‘real’ Sixties began on 5 October 1962. On that remarkable Friday, the Beatles hit the world with their first single, Love Me Do, and the first James Bond film, Dr No, had its world premiere in London: two icons of the future heralding a social and cultural revolution. On the Cusp continues David Kynaston’s ground-breaking history of post-war Britain and takes place during the summer and early autumn of 1962.  These were charged months, thick with incident, including The Rolling Stones’ debut at the Marquee Club, the last Gentlemen versus Players match at Lord’s, and the issue of Britain’s relationship with Europe starting to divide the country.

Britain would never be the same again after these months. Sometimes indignant, sometimes admiring, always empathetic, On the Cusp evokes a world of seaside holidays, of church fetes, of Steptoe and Son – a world still of seemingly settled social and economic certainties, but in fact on the edge of fundamental change.

Interviewed by Sarah Ward.

Buxton International Festival
14/07/2022 10:00
Neil Sands - Happy And Glorious
The Plaza, Stockport
14/07/2022 14:00
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Basie & Beyond

The NYJO 18-piece ensemble performs classic works led by their Artistic Director, Mark Armstrong.

Since roaring from the American imagination over a hundred years ago, jazz has been thrilling audiences across the world. William James Basie is an icon. His impact on the jazz canon cannot be overstated. He formed the Count Basie Orchestra in 1935 and led the ensemble for over 50 years. As jazz transitioned from the dance floor to the concert platform, Basie kept the spirit of swing alive, transforming the music for the atomic era, but keeping true to the soul of its roots.

This programme explores the impact on popular music made by Basie and the twentieth-century Black American artists that followed: Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones. To their lives and struggle we owe an unpayable debt.

‘I have been in love with swing since playing Splanky for the first time as a teenage trumpet player. As I have explored this music I have drawn constant inspiration from the combination of a great groove and the variety of colours that skilled writers create, from raw excitement to subtle, expressive textures. To work out how to take the music forward we need to celebrate its past, acknowledging that although we may not have had the experiences and background of the musicians who created it, we can learn something of this through their music and demonstrate its importance and vitality to a modern audience. This is especially true when it’s performed by musicians of the same kind of age as the members of these bands were back in the day. I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as the band enjoy playing it!’ – Mark Armstrong

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Buxton International Festival
14/07/2022 20:00
The Lady Boys of Bangkok 2022 - Summer of Fun Tour - Aberdeen (ladyboys)
The Sabai Pavilion, Aberdeen AB24 5EN
15/07/2022 to 30/07/2022
An Audience with Tez Ilyas
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
15/07/2022 20:00
Jack Lukeman
The Square Chapel, Halifax
15/07/2022 20:00
The Ray Davies Songbook – Ben Crosland

Ben Crosland Bass
Theo Travis Saxes
John Etheridge Guitar
Steve Lodder Piano/keyboards
Nic France Drums

Ray Davies’ songs are rooted in the blues, music hall, popular song, variety and musical theatre – the perfect vehicles for jazz interpretation. Ben Crosland began his musical education at the age of 13 by taking up the drums, and the Kinks’ singles were constantly on the Dansette as he played along in his bedroom. Fifty years on, as bandleader and composer/arranger, he is again discovering new subtleties and strengths in these wonderful compositions and has assembled a quintet of international quality to perform these imaginative arrangements.

‘Ray Davies’ tunes – evocative, catchy and deceptively simple. By recasting them in the jazz idiom and delicately elaborating their harmonies, bassist and composer Ben Crosland brings them out in a fresh glow. It’s remarkable how comfortable these melodies sound in their new settings’. – The Observer

‘Given the number of hit songs Ray Davies has written over his years fronting The Kinks, it’s astonishing that nothing like this CD has ever seen the light of a laser… So you wait fifty years for one song and then twelve expertly arranged jazz covers of The Kinks’ music arrive at once…

What distinguishes this set are the sensitive and sophisticated arrangements….This is a very welcome release of deft and intelligent interpretations, celebrating the idiosyncratic songs of Ray Davies, a man without whom twentieth century popular music would certainly have been the poorer’. – All About Jazz

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Buxton International Festival
15/07/2022 20:00
Day Out With Thomas at Whistlestop Valley
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 9XJ
16/07/2022 to 17/07/2022
Day Out With Thomas at Caledonian Railway
The Station, Park Road, Brechin, DD9 7AF
16/07/2022 to 28/08/2022
Fish n Chips Train
Avon Valley Railway
16/07/2022 to 01/10/2022
SCL Street Dance Showcase 2022

Salford Community Leisure’s Dance Team are delighted to be able to welcome you back to The Lowry Theatre to celebrate our Street Dance Showcase- ‘Out with the old, in with the new’.

Over 100 SCL Street Dancers from across the city will come together to dazzle and  astound you with their street dance skills and talents. Join us in our celebration of dance!

The Quays Theatrwe, The Lowry
16/07/2022 13:30
Sebastian Payne

Broken Heartlands: A Journey Through Labour’s Lost England

Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Editor for the Financial Times, makes a political road-trip through ten constituencies that made up Labour’s ‘red wall’. Originally from the North East himself, he sets out to uncover the real story of what turned these traditionally Labour seats to the Conservatives for the first time in living memory at the 2019 election. On the way, he explores significant and nuanced social and economic forces decades in the making, including generational shift, the changing nature of work, de-industrialisation and struggling public services.

Buxton International Festival
16/07/2022 16:00
Puncture The Screen

Puncture The Screen, the yearly data-driven digital art and performance festival takes place with a hybrid of live and on demand experiences.

 

Run by Chronic Insanity, the series of brand new works will show the innovation of digital art and performance.

 

Festival passes on sale now

Online Event
16/07/2022 to 31/07/2022
Cube Choir presents: A Positive Note
The Square Chapel, Halifax
16/07/2022 19:30
Jon Courtenay: Against The Odds

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Presents…

Jon Courtenay: The Big C

Edinburgh Preview

Having triumphed on Britain's Got Talent, Jon combines comedy, music and drama in a brand new show exploring the true story of his television success while secretly fighting for his life. Accompany him backstage as he wrestles jokes and jeopardy to survive not only the competition but also to just….survive. Doctors and Nurses, Judges and Jokers all become players in Jon’s musical journey through jubilation, heartache, tumours and television. Reminding you that laughter can be the best medicine, but so can immunotherapy.

As seen on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

“WONDERFUL” Simon Cowell

The Studio, The Lowry, Salford
16/07/2022 20:00
Victor, Vi and the Volvo
The Square Chapel, Halifax
16/07/2022 20:00
Glory Days - A tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Glory Days have been playing together for more than 20 years.The band is made up of long-time Springsteen fans who lovingly recreate the power and poetry of a Springsteen show, playing not only the crowd pleasing greatest hits, but also some less well known album tracks for the hard core fans.

The full E-Street, seven piece line-up will take you on a blast down Thunder Road playing all the classics on the way. These musicians can rock for over three hours and give you that Bruce experience you thought you just couldn't get anymore. Sets have included just about everything over the years and you will always be treated to a great mix of songs, from Jungleland and Thunder Road to The River and Promised Land, they pick from the best back catalogue around. When The Boss stays home, Glory Days will give you what you need... Jersey style!
The Old Courts, Wigan
16/07/2022 20:30
Sausages, Cider & Steam
Avon Valley Railway
17/07/2022 to 11/09/2022
Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers with Live Brass Band - Cert U
The Plaza, Stockport
17/07/2022 15:30
Jeremy Sassoon's MOJO

Musicians Of Jewish Origin

Jeremy Sassoon Piano & Vocals
Nicola Farnon Bass
Phil Johnson Drums

 ‘Jeremy Sassoon packed out the house, had the audience, of all ages, up on their feet, dancing. He is a fantastic storyteller and talented musician, with beautiful interpretations of classic songs’ JW3

Renowned UK singer-pianist Jeremy Sassoon narrates and performs his history of Jewish songwriters from the piano, supported by his trio. The show starts with the golden era of Gershwin and the Great American Songbook and continues right up to the 21st century, spanning artists such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Randy Newman and Amy Winehouse. Jeremy is a captivating host and raconteur, armed with witty repartee and some surprising and little-known facts.

Expect great music, several laughs, some audience participation and a few surprises as Jeremy takes you on his personal journey through the contribution of Jewish songwriters to the wonderful world of contemporary music.

‘Sassoon is a charming and witty front-man, one of his skills being that he can make the audience feel immediately at ease…’ London Jazz News

‘An exceptional alliance of Art & Entertainment’ Manchester Jazz Festival

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Buxton International Festival
17/07/2022 16:00
Buxton Festival Dance Band

Join us for a night in the beautiful surroundings of the Octagon as we take a step back in time.

Our very own 10-piece big band, a swinging rhythm section plus three saxophones, two trombones and two trumpets.  Guest singers are Andy Bayley and Emma Holcroft who will play the songs that makes you want to dance.

During the first set, as you sit back and enjoy a drink, our professional ballroom dancers will show you the moves, from tango to foxtrot, to jive to rumba. After the interval, the floor is open for us all to have a go. So, be brave, bring your dancing shoes and get ready to dance. Waltz to Moon River, quickstep to Sing Sing Sing and get your Latin moves ready for Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps.

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Buxton International Festival
17/07/2022 20:00
Louise Alder & Joseph Middleton

 

Buxton International Festival
18/07/2022 12:00
Kitty & Al Tait

Breadsong: How Baking Changed Our Lives

Breadsong is an inspiring story of the life-saving power of discovering a passion.

Around the time she turned 14, Kitty began experiencing anxiety, slowly disconnecting from everyone around her, until she discovered baking bread and came to a stunning realisation: bread is alive. One loaf quickly escalated into an obsession, and Kitty felt better than she had for a long time. Within nine months, Kitty and Al opened The Orange Bakery – and they haven’t stopped since.

Expect cinnamon buns and banter at this BIF Lifestyle Event.

Interviewed by Martin Latham.

Buxton International Festival
18/07/2022 12:30
Piccadilly (1929)

Piccadilly, a black & white silent film with an introduction by John Shapcott and live accompaniment by pianist Ashley Thompson.

Directed by Ewald André Dupont, with a screenplay by Arnold Bennett, the Jazz Age film Piccadilly (1929) contrasts London’s glamorous West End night life with a threatening Limehouse underworld. Martin Scorsese calls it ‘Bold, beautifully crafted…one of the truly great films of the silent era’. Anna May Wong’s performance as the scullery maid who becomes an overnight cabaret sensation made her the first Chinese American super star, whilst giving the film classic status.

Ashley Thompson’s live musical accompaniment recreates the immediacy of music and image that made silent cinema so magical.

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
18/07/2022 20:00
Philippa Forrester

In conversation with Mark Cocker

On the Trail of Wolves: A British Adventure in the Wild West

When TV Presenter Philippa Forrester and her nature-loving family moved to the wilds of Grand Teton National Park, they quickly learned to love the wildlife of Wyoming and nearby Yellowstone. But nothing she had learned from her studies in the UK could have prepared her for the reality of living amongst the grizzlies, elk and wolves of her new home nor the antipathy of some of her neighbours about sharing their land with wolves. Philippa journeyed with conservationists, rangers, hunters and ranch owners to investigate when, and why, opinions on wolves became so polarised.

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
19/07/2022 12:30
Manchester Camerata with the Brodsky Quartet and Jess Gillam

S Feshareki Venus/ZOREH

A Glazunov Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra Op. 109

C Shaw Entr’acte (version for string orchestra)

E Elgar Introduction and Allegro (with the Brodsky Quartet)

P Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence (version for string orchestra)

This concert brings together two outstanding ensembles, both hailing from Manchester and both celebrating their 50th anniversary. Joining them for this festive occasion is one of British music’s brightest young stars, saxophonist Jess Gillam. She plays Glazunov’s expressive and virtuosic Concerto for Alto Saxophone. The programme also features two compelling works by young female composers, Shiva Feshareki and Caroline Shaw and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the composer’s rejuvenating stay in Italy in 1890.

This event has an interval.

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
19/07/2022 15:00
The Jess Gillam Ensemble

A musical force of nature, Jess Gillam has been forging her own adventurous path since she shot to fame becoming the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. Passionate about inspiring and bringing joy to people through music, Jess invites audiences on journeys of musical discovery through her electrifying performances and eclectic programming.

Her infectious enthusiasm and passion for classical and non-classical music lights up every stage and in her newly formed Jess Gillam Ensemble she brings together a group of brilliant musicians who share her bold, uplifting and open-minded approach. After topping the classical charts with her latest album TIME, Jess performs music from the record  This promises to be an explosive concert designed to showcase the diversity, dynamism and versatility of the saxophone, and to inspire audiences to reflect, dance and smile!

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
19/07/2022 20:00
Film: Downton Abbey: A New Era (Cert PG)
The Plaza, Stockport
20/07/2022 to 23/07/2022
Lady Hale

Spider Woman: A Life

As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale won global attention in finding the 2019 prorogation of Parliament to be unlawful. Yet that dramatic moment was merely the pinnacle of a career of pioneering judicial reform.

How does a self-professed ‘girly swot’ get ahead and become the most senior judge in the country in a profession dominated by men? A lifelong smasher of glass-ceilings, who took as her motto ‘women are equal to everything’, her landmark rulings in areas including domestic violence, divorce, mental health and equality were her attempt to correct that.

Sponsored by No.6 The Square Tearooms

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
21/07/2022 12:30
Giles Milton

 

Buxton International Festival
21/07/2022 16:00
How To Be A Better Human
The Old Courts, Bolton
21/07/2022 20:00
Dominic Halpin & The Honey B’s - Swing Band

Dominic Halpin Guitar and Vocals
Ben Wiltshire Bass
Richard Wetherall Piano
Jonathan Price Drums
Kim Nishikawara Saxophone

Dominic Halpin & The Honey B’s present live music at its very best. Great jazz and swing tunes from Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra amongst many others. The Honey B’s are just the best swing band, playing great music from the 1950s onwards. My Baby Just Cares For Me, Fly Me To The Moon, Buono Sera, The Way You Look Tonight, I’m in the Mood, Americano and many, many more.

 It’s hard to compare Dominic to anyone, but waiter if you please: ‘Two shots of Italian Dean Martin croon, a slice of Frank Sinatra swing, blend that together with a healthy dash of good old Elvis… Bang! you have it’… Waiter, make mine a double – shaken AND stirred!

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
21/07/2022 20:00
Andrew Mitchell MP in conversation with Iain Dale

In conversation with Iain Dale

Beyond a Fringe: Tales from a Reformed Establishment Lackey

From his prep school years, through the Army to Cambridge, the City of London and the Palace of Westminster, Mitchell has passed through a series of British institutions at a time of furious social and political change.  In the process he has become rather more cynical about the British Establishment. Beyond a Fringe reflects on the perils and pleasures of loyalty, whether to a party, to individuals or to one’s own principles. Expect engaging honesty and hilarious political anecdotes with irresistible insider gossip from the heart of Westminster.

Buxton International Festival
22/07/2022 16:00
Radio Ghost
The Trafford Centre
22/07/2022 to 24/07/2022
The Blow Monkeys
The Old Courts, Wigan
22/07/2022 20:00
Nigel Price Organ Trio with Vasilis Xenopoulos

Nigel Price Guitar
Ross Stanley B3 Hammond Organ
Joel Barford Drums
Vasilis Xenopoulos Tenor Saxophone

If you like your jazz fast and hard and appreciate the beautiful sound of the Hammond Organ, this is the gig for you.

The Nigel Price Organ Trio, nominated for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best ensemble’ (they won in 2010) and winners of the 2016 British Jazz Award for ‘Best Small Group’, will be playing selections from their vast back catalogue as well as the recently released and critically acclaimed Wes Re-Imagined (2021 Ubuntu), an album that celebrates the compositions of jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery, but reworked into new, exciting and unexpected feels.
 
They will be joined by the jazz saxophone virtuoso Vasilis Xenopoulos. Expect a night of exciting interplay, outrageous solos and a few laughs too!

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
22/07/2022 20:00
Day Out With Thomas at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP22 4BY
23/07/2022 to 24/10/2022
Iain Dale, Colleen Graffy, Justin Webb and Sir Christopher Meyer

The Presidents: 250 Years of American Political Leadership

American politics remains deeply divided but in so many ways it always had been. Anglo-American relations were also fraught for much of the first 150 years of the new American Republic. Only since the 1940s has the supposed ‘special relationship’ existed. Our discussion will explain why slavery and race have transcended the term of office of every President.  Broadcaster Iain Dale leads his expert line up, consisting of former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Colleen Graffy; former BBC North American Editor Justin Webb; and Ambassador to the US (1997- 2003) Sir Christopher Meyer.

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
23/07/2022 12:00
There Should Be Unicorns

This performance is at Victoria Park, Swinton, not at The Lowry!

A free event presented by The Lowry

A hip hop family musical about changing the world, through kindness and the power of imagination, There Should be Unicorns is a new show for young people aged 5 – 11 and their families from award-winning Middle Child in association with the Beats Bus. Brought to you by The Lowry and its team of Show Selectors, a new group of Salford residents formed to select performances for their communities.

Telling the story of 11-year-old Jasmine, who armed only with an unshakeable belief in unicorns, takes on the bullies, villains and ideas that shape the world around her, in a superhero effort to make tomorrow better than today. Theatre, dance and hip hop collide in this brand new, outdoor musical written by Luke Barnes with music by James Frewer and Beats Bus

To imagine the show think: Matilda the Musical meets the world of hip hop. We will set fire to your expectations of what theatre can be.

A free event but space is limited so please book ahead.

Venue address : Swinton Hall Road, Swinton M27 4UR

Victoria Park, Swinton Hall Road, Swinton M27 4UR
23/07/2022
Day Out With Thomas at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
17-19 North Street, Bo'ness, West Lothian. EH51 0AQ
23/07/2022 to 24/07/2022
Murder Mystery Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
23/07/2022 to 24/09/2022
Wine Tasting Dinner

Join us for a culinary and wine masterclass led by the expert connoisseurs from KWOFF wines.
Indulge into a four course meal paired with wines from around the world and enter into a world of elegance!
23/07/2022 to 10/09/2022
Red Rose Diners
23/07/2022 to 10/09/2022
Jane McDonald - Let the Light In

 

23/07/2022 20:00
Strange Doors
The Old Courts, Wigan
23/07/2022 20:00
Rob Bell – Everything is Spiritual

A new guide to science, art, sex and death from the New York Times bestselling
author of Love Wins

In Everything is Spiritual, the author Rob Bell explores how ideas about creation, love and connection
shaped him and how they shape every one of us. Bell observes that more than anything, people want to
understand their purpose here on earth. And when you embrace who and where you come from, including
your wounds, your pains and your regrets, you will discover that lurking there in the mess of life is an
invitation to expand - just as the universe has been expanding for 13 billion years.

Written in a lyrical, almost stream of consciousness style this wide-ranging book shares stories from Bell's
life to illuminate lessons about the world around you to help you find purpose, meaning and connection.

'Rob Bell might have left the church, but he will always be my minister - in the purest and most uncorrupted
sense of that word. Nobody else can take ancient teachings and modern science, and blend them together
into wisdom that makes sense to me, and heals me. Rob's unorthodox and bold thinking stirs my
intellect, comforts my heart and makes me believe that - within all the frightening chaos of the unknowable
universe - I still have a sacred place. His work is a sacred gift to a troubled world.’

Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic

Rob Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Velvet Elvis, Drops Like
Stars and Love Wins, which have been translated into 25 languages. His podcast, called RobCast, was in the
iTunes 'Best of 2015' list. He's toured with Oprah, has been profiled in The New Yorker, and in
2011, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
He does regular shows at Largo, a comedy and music club in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife
Kristen and their three kids.

*Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
23/07/2022 20:00
Ian Shaw and his Quartet - When Joni met Bowie

Ian Shaw Vocals
Barry Green Piano
Dave Ohm Drums
Simon Little Bass
David Preston Guitar

Award-winning vocalist and ‘a true song stylist for our times’ Downbeat, USA

Shaw salutes two song writing titans and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists in this tribute to David Bowie and Joni Mitchell.

Shaw has recorded a critically highly praised album of Joni Mitchell (Drawn To All Things) and has a personal connection to both, which is the core of this exciting show. In this performance, Ian is joined by his band to play his arrangements of these songs by two of the most popular and influential artists of recent decades.

For more information on the 2022 festival visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

To purchase wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the BIF Box Office on 01298 72190

Buxton International Festival
23/07/2022 20:00
Afternoon High Tea Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
24/07/2022 to 29/08/2022
Bhajan Ganga - An evening of devotional songs, Kirtan, Aaradhna

with Rakesh Joshi
Renowned musicians will accompany on Sitar, Veena, Bansuri, Santoor, Guitar, Tabla, Mridangam, Percussions & Choir singers.

Newly composed and popular bhajans, based on various ragas and divine mood.
Please come to enjoy the soothing, uplifting and joyful songs, accompanied by an ensemble of Indian & Western musicians.

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
24/07/2022 19:00
Showcase 22

SHOWCASE returns!

Seven musical theatre companies bring you selections from their favourite

West End & Broadway shows.

Supporting Teenage Cancer Trust

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
24/07/2022 19:15
What’s Love Got To Do With It? - A Tribute To Tina Turner
Tina Turner fans should get ready to party as the smash hit touring show What’s Love Got To Do With It? arrives in Stockport in the second year of its massive UK tour. What's Love Got To Do With It? is a joyous show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner.

Launched in 2019, the show has been selling out theatres in towns and cities across the UK. Now, as part of the 2020 tour, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is set to wow fans when it heads to the Plaza on Friday, June 19 2020.
The Plaza, Stockport
24/07/2022 19:30
Film: The Duke (Cert 12A)
The Plaza, Stockport
29/07/2022 11:00
Film: The Servant - (Cert 12A)
The Plaza, Stockport
29/07/2022 19:30
Diesel Enthusiast Days
Avon Valley Railway
30/07/2022 10:45
The Gruffalo

Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

The Quays Theatre, Salford
30/07/2022 to 21/08/2022
Bootleg Blondie
Established in 2001 this band are the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB in
New York City before it's demise in 2006 and unique in that not only have they had the honour to be thanked on Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’ but have actually played not one but two tours in the UK with Blondie’s legendary drummer Clem Burke, under the band name CBBB (Clem Burke & Bootleg Blondie).

 

Standing Only – There is no provision for seating in this venue for thisevent. If you are unable to comfortably stand for the duration of theshow, we may be able to assist with access seats. We cannot guarantee thataccess seats in this venue will provide a clear and uncompromised view of thestage.


The Old Courts, Wigan
30/07/2022 19:30
An Evening With David Sedaris
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
 
Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. In 2018 he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In March 2019 he was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. 
 
Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.” 
 
As a companion piece to his New York Times best-selling book Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. He is currently working on a second volume of his diaries.
 
You can follow David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidsedaris
or visit his official website at http://www.davidsedarisbooks.com/
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
01/08/2022 19:00
SIX (2022)

DIVORCED ★ BEHEADED ★ LIVE!

The international smash hit musical SIX makes its royal return to Salford!

Multi award-winning, with a spectacularly successful sound-track storming charts across the globe, this sell-out Tudor take-off has ‘an incredibly strong and powerful message. Boundary-pushing, genre-redefining’ (The Australian) and is ‘pure entertainment’ (The New York Times).
 
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

Think you know the rhyme, think again...

Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

★★★★★
‘The most uplifting new British musical I have ever had the privilege to watch’
Evening Standard

★★★★★
‘80 minutes of exhilarating entertainment from 6 killer Queens.
They will, they will rock you!’
Daily Express

★★★★★
‘SIX is a marvellous show. A royal treat’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★★
‘Smart. Sassy. I’d give this ridiculously fun musical six stars if I could”
Sunday Express

★★★★★
‘Captivating and exhilarating. Do yourself a favour and go and party with SIX.
You won’t regret it!’
Attitude

★★★★
‘Bursting at the corset with 21st Century sass and attitude’
Daily Mail

 

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
02/08/2022 to 14/08/2022
ELO Again
The Plaza, Stockport
04/08/2022 19:30
Celebrate the music of GEORGE MICHAEL!
The Bowdon Rooms - Altrincham - Friday 5th August 2022
05/08/2022 19:00
Lionel - The Music of Lionel Richie
Following his recent appearances with Lionel Richie himself on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night At The Palladium’ and the ‘Graham Norton Show’ for the BBC, Malcolm Pitt delivers a powerhouse and breathtaking performance in this high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores. This award winning five star production also features a stellar line-up of world class musicians including musical director, Jonny Miller from Talon.

‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Hello’, ‘Three Times A Lady’, ‘Easy’, ‘All Night Long’ and many more...
The Plaza, Stockport
05/08/2022 19:30
Who's Next
The Old Courts, Wigan
05/08/2022 20:30
Day Out With Thomas at East Lancashire Railway
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY
06/08/2022 to 02/10/2022
Day Out With Thomas at the Watercress Line
Ropley Station, Station Hill, SO24 0BL
06/08/2022 to 14/08/2022
HandMade Theatre: WilderNests

This performance is at Clifton Country Park, not The Lowry!

A free event presented by The Lowry

Meet Daisy a budding young song writer as she learns to embrace nature and get inspired. Follow her journey of discovery as she makes new friends, singing and dancing with the woodland creatures.

This show features HandMade Theatre’s signature mix of original music, dynamic storytelling, colourful characters and beautiful puppets. WilderNests embraces the companies love of the outdoors and invites you to connect with the wild.

Brought to you by The Lowry and its team of Show Selectors, a new group of Salford residents formed to select performances for their communities.

A free event but space is limited so please book ahead.

Address of venue - Clifton House Road, Swinton M27 6NG

Clifton Country Park, Clifton House Road, Swinton M27 6NG
06/08/2022
The Lady Boys of Bangkok 2022 – Summer of Fun Tour - Edinburgh (ladyboys)
Theatre Big Top, Festival Square, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9SU
06/08/2022 to 28/08/2022
Film: Sparrows Can't Sing - (Cert PG)
The Plaza, Stockport
06/08/2022 19:30
Dinosaur Adventure Live
Bolton City Council, Bolton
07/08/2022
Totally Football Show

The Totally Football Show Live with James Richardson

 
The Totally Football Show heads up to (Greater) Manchester for their first ever appearance at The Lowry. 

Join Jimbo and Totally stalwarts Michael Cox (The Athletic) and Duncan Alexander (Opta) for some puns and punditry as the Premier League and Champions League approach squeaky bum time. Plus, they'll bring the Inter-Totally quiz to the stage, and tell tales far too salacious for the regular pod. Other guests to be announced.

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
09/08/2022 20:00
Hansel & Gretel
The Old Courts, Wigan
10/08/2022 to 13/08/2022
An Evening with John Cameron & The Union of South Africa
Bury Transport Museum
12/08/2022 to 14/10/2022
Everything Stops For Plaza Birthday Tea
The Plaza, Stockport
14/08/2022 16:00
Hansel & Gretel
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
17/08/2022 to 20/08/2022
Identical

IDENTICAL is the twin-sational new musical based on Erich Kästner’s novel THE PARENT TRAP.

This classic tale tells the story of twin girls separated at birth and reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later. To get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives.

Best known for the ever-popular Disney movies which made stars of Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998. This world premiere is directed by Trevor Nunn responsible for some of the world’s greatest musicals (Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard) and comes from the producer of Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong and the international hit musical Six.

Identical has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the multi award-winning writers of the West End hit Honk! who also created a new score for the international smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins, and a book by Stuart Paterson.

IDENTICAL is the must-see musical of the summer.

Age guidance: 8+

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
19/08/2022 to 03/09/2022
The Rolling Stones Story
The Plaza, Stockport
19/08/2022 19:30
Gin Tasting Dinner
19/08/2022 19:30
The Jam'd
Widely regarded now as the Uk’s most authentic and leading tribute to The Jam
The Old Courts, Wigan
19/08/2022 20:30
Ireland The Show

Now seen by a live audience of over 250,000 to nightly standing ovations and rave reviews, join us for 'Ireland: The Show'! Featuring an all-star cast of the Emerald Isle's most talented singers and performers, accompanied by the fabulous Keltic Storm Band and world champion Gael Force Irish dancers from Kerry, Mayo and Clare. This unmissable show will take you on a journey through the decades of a globally loved culture.

The show, which has received high acclaim, will feature all the well-known ballads and singalongs like 'Dirty Old Town', 'The Town I Loved So Well', 'Tell Me Ma' and 'The Irish Rover', to name a small few. Add to that a string of hilarious stories and jokes from our award-winning Tyrone comedian Gary Gamble, and topped off with energetic reels and jigs from our fiddling Derry maestro Richie Remo and the talented vocals of Donegal singer Elaine Boyle!

If it’s all things Irish you like, then this is the show for you.  Guaranteed to take you to Ireland and back in one night!

 
“Riverdance meets Mrs Brown at an Irish hooley” - The Irish World.

“Superb from Start to finish and will have you clapping and singing all night long, this show is going to be a global success” - Stage Magazine


“Over 1,500 5 Star reviews”

 

The Plaza, Stockport
20/08/2022 19:30
Pie & Ale Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
21/08/2022 to 02/10/2022
Riot Act
The Lowry, Digital, Online Event
22/08/2022 to 27/08/2022
Sarah and Duck


YOU’RE INVITED TO THE BIG TOP BIRTHDAY!

Join Sarah and her best friend Duck as they plan the ultimate circus soiree to help Scarf Lady celebrate her birthday. With entertainment lined up from a whole host of your favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, the party is ready to go! Let’s just hope the weather holds out…

Bursting with all the charm from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show, Sarah and Duck’s enchanting world is brought to life by the team behind The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Twirlywoos Live.  Packed full of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday promises to be a celebration for the whole family!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
‘A must see. Equally as enjoyable for little people and big people!’
Kiddomag

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Like the cartoon has come to life’
What’s Good To Do

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
‘It wove a magical spell over the whole theatre. A hugely enjoyable and utterly charming show’
Theatre News

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
23/08/2022 to 28/08/2022
Peppa Pig and Family Fun Day
East Lancashire Railway
25/08/2022 to 26/08/2022
Film: The Godfather - (Cert 15)
The Plaza, Stockport
26/08/2022 19:30
Day Out With Thomas at Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 2DA
27/08/2022 to 29/08/2022
Day Out With Thomas at East Anglian Railway Museum
Chappel & Wakes Colne Station, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex C06 2DS
27/08/2022 to 30/10/2022
Bolton Food & Drink Festival – The Hairy Bikers – Cookery Demonstration
The Albert Halls Complex
27/08/2022
Bolton Food & Drink Festival – The King Cush Band
The Albert Halls Complex
27/08/2022 19:00
Stephen Gott Pianist performs Bach, Haydn Chopin and Liszt
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
27/08/2022 19:30
Film: The Third Man - (Cert PG)
The Plaza, Stockport
27/08/2022 19:30
Heads Up! Music of Talking Heads
Psycho Killer - Qu'est-ce que c'est!
The Old Courts, Wigan
27/08/2022 20:30
Bolton Food & Drink Festival – Ainsley Harriott – Cookery Demonstration
The Albert Halls Complex
28/08/2022
Breakfast Dining Train
Avon Valley Railway
29/08/2022 10:45
Bolton Food & Drink Festival – James Martin – Cookery Demonstration
The Albert Halls Complex
29/08/2022
David Glover - HALIFAX IN THE 1970S
The Square Chapel, Halifax
31/08/2022 14:15
The Green Room: Claude Bourbon

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…” Altadena News, USA”

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.


"Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond... from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, holding audience attention under a musical spell, his music would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings." (G. Munn)

“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ

The Plaza, Stockport
01/09/2022 19:30
The Guns & Roses Experience

" NOBODY DOES IT BETTER The biggest and best and most in Demand Gn'R tribute in Europe"
It does not get any closer than this people. Gn’Re have the only singer able to deliver the exact same unique vocal style and stage show synonymous with Classic Axl Rose.

Gn’Re have the only tribute band guitarist OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED by MARSHALL AMPS, just like the legend SLASH himself.

Together with 4 other Gn’R clones, these guys deliver a sound and look that is unequalled by any other band.
Since their very first gig the Guns N' Roses Experience train has been rolling at an incredible pace, visiting various Middle Eastern countries, mainland Europe, Cyprus, Ireland and all of the major venues in the UK.
With a true GN’R sound and stage show, In a bone-crushing two hour set all the essentials are covered with breathtaking accuracy including Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Sweet Child O' Mine, Paradise City, Mr. Brownstone, You Could Be Mine, Nightrain, Rocket Queen, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and so much more...
Don’t miss the chance to see the most authentic live Guns ‘N Roses experience touring today.

The Old Courts, Wigan
02/09/2022 19:30
Jon Richardson: The Knitwit
Off The Kerb Productions Present:
Jon Richardson: The Knitwit

Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs?
Watch Jon pretend that these aren't his foremost concerns as he leaves home on his first tour since the last one.

Best known as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Cats Countdown (Channel 4), host of Dave’s Ultimate Worrier, and upcoming sitcom Meet the Richardsons. As well as Would I Lie To You (BBC One), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), and Taskmaster (Dave).

STRICTLY 14+ Likely to be swearing and Adult content
The Plaza, Stockport
02/09/2022 to 20/01/2023
The Lady Boys of Bangkok 2022 - Summer of Fun Tour - Newcastle Upon Tyne (ladyboys)
Sabai Pavilion, Times Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
03/09/2022 to 02/10/2022
Northern Soul Live
Back for a 5th Year the amazing Edwin Starr Band with Angelo Starr and Northern Soul Legend Lorraine Silver, this energetic and captivating show takes you through all the Northern Soul,  Motown and Soul classics such as: STOP HER ON SIGHT : LONG AFTER TONIGHT IS ALL OVER : WAR : BACKSTREETS : TIME : AGENT 00 SOUL : I HAVE FAITH IN YOU : 25 MILES : CONTACT : HAPPY RADIO : HIGHER & HIGHER : STAND BY ME : DANCING IN THE STREET : I’LL BE AROUND : MY GIRL : SUPERSTITION : LOST SUMMER LOVE: LANDSLIDE

The late great Edwin Starr's brother Angelo Starr is the original musical director of The Team. He has now taken over lead vocals performing all the fantastic Edwin Starr classics, plus dynamic performances of some great Motown & Soul covers. Edwin Starr's original 8-piece band The Team, who backed Edwin on all his shows are still intact, with sax, keyboard, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion & female backing vocalist. An amazing and energetic show, with an electric atmosphere.


Lorraine Silver is a Northern Soul Legend. She made a record 'Lost Summer Love' when she was only 13 in the mid '60s. This song became iconic at the legendary Wigan Casino in the '70s without her knowing anything about it until 1988.
The Plaza, Stockport
03/09/2022 19:45
Al Murray – Gig for Victory!

As the dust settles and we emerge blinking into the dawn of a new year, the men and women of this great country will need answers. Answers that they know they need, answers to questions they never knew existed.

And when that moment comes, who better to show the way, to provide those answers, than the people’s man of the people, the Pub Landlord? Steeped in the deep and ancient barroom wisdom of countless lock ins, the Pub Landlord is there to show the way.  Wherever you are, he will - within sensible travel limits and theatre booking policy - come, offering people thirsty for common sense a full pint of the good stuff.

‘Stand up Gold’
The Guardian

‘A supremely polished performer’
★★★★★
Mail on Sunday

‘Wickedly witty Stuff’
★★★★
The Telegraph

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
04/09/2022 19:30
Saturn Returns Podcast

Caggie explores the challenges and opportunities that come with change and our individual quest for authenticity. This podcast aims to bring calm and clarity during times of transition – underpinned by the astrological transit known as your Saturn Return, each episode is uniquely guided by the resident astrologer Noura Bourni, interweaving themes from the guests and astrology.

Caggie speaks to thought leaders, and industry experts with guests including the likes of Elizabeth Day, Mark Groves, Steven Bartlett, Niomi Smart, Jordan Stephens, The Holistic Psychologist, Julia Samuels, Lacy Phillips, Dr Tara Swart and Mo Gawdat. The podcast uses Astrology as a lens in which to navigate your own personal development to make the listeners feel seen.

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
04/09/2022 20:00
David Essex
Internationally renowned singer, composer and actor DAVID ESSEX OBE has announced his first major tour in over four years. The 18 date UK tour taking place in October 2020 will see him perform much loved hits spanning over his entire repertoire.
 
David first shot to fame when he went to an audition for the London production of the musical Godspell and was chosen by enthusiastic US producers for the role of Jesus. He received major awards and some ecstatic reviews which saw him lead a cast at the Roundhouse and then at the West End for two years.
 
Since then David Essex has enjoyed a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television with striking success. He has written, recorded and produced albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. He’s also had twenty-three Top 30 singles in Britain alone. These include the Grammy© nominated Rock On which not only topped the charts in Britain and the USA but sold over one million copies. Subsequent singles followed such as Lamplight, Hold Me Close and Gonna Make You A Star which made David a household name.  Mayhem ensued throughout the UK, with crowds for his concerts resembling Beatlemania and traffic stopping whenever he appeared.
 
David has continued to this day to produce and write albums including 2013’s Reflections and has contributed to stage and screen with the likes of Silver Dream Machine taken from Silver Dream Racer, in which he starred.
 
Acting credits also include That'll Be The Day, its sequel Stardust, Traveller, The Guvnors, Black Prince and more recently BBC TV's EastEnders as the head of the Moon family.  Theatre credits include outstanding performances in Evita, Boogie Nights 2, ELF!, Footloose, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects Of Love, plus his own musicals Mutiny! and All The Fun Of The Fair.
 
David has also written a bestselling poetry book Travelling Tinker Man & Other Rhymes plus two successful autobiographies A Charmed Life and Over The Moon, the latter a Number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller.
 
David Essex is the only artiste in the world to have achieved success in all areas of entertainment and continues to break boundaries with his unique talent. On the tour Essex said:
 
“I've had so many requests to tour again, so I’ve decided to do one more tour. I'm looking forward to touring the UK again in October 2020, it should be fun"”
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
06/09/2022 19:00
Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch
The Quays Theatre, The Lowy Theatre, Salford
06/09/2022 to 10/09/2022
Thank You For The Music!
The Plaza, Stockport
07/09/2022 19:30
SIMON BRODKIN & FRIENDS COMEDY SHOW
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Thursday, 8th September 2022
08/09/2022 18:30
The Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular
The Plaza, Stockport
08/09/2022 19:30
Russell Kane - The Essex Variant


Russell Kane's bringing to town his gut-punch funny, searing, award-winning take on the two years we’ve just gone through. Hailed as the The Guardian's Number 1 comedy performance to come out of 2020 (The Guardian are miserable and usually hate everything) - this high-octane show brings nuclear-energy belly laughs and pant-wetting observations which prove laughter really is the best medicine* (*actually, it’s probably hospital medicine).

Russell Kane has two chart-topping, award-bagging podcasts: Man Baggage and BBC Radio 4’s Evil Genius. He is a regular on Channel 4, BBC, and ITV: all the usual shows you see funny people on. He’s also a writer, actor, and presenter. He drinks lots of coffee and is ‘like that in real life’.
 
He was the first ever comedian to bag the two most prestigious comedy awards on earth in the same year, for the same show: The Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (formerly The Perrier), and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, (formerly known as the Barry Award). He’s also a raving bighead that likes listing his achievements.

 ‘Russell Kane has made his name with verbose, hyperactive comedy – and he shows no sign of slowing down’ (THE I)

‘Fierce, funny and heartfelt... a thrilling reminder of what comedy can do’ (THE GUARDIAN)

‘Storming physical comedy... splendidly manic’ ***** (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
08/09/2022 to 09/09/2022
MY!MY! ABBA THE CONCERT

THEY’RE BACK!

MyMy! How can you resist!?!

My My! pays homage to the original Swedish sensations through capturing Abba’s great sense of fun, recreating their incredible unique sound and combining this into a fun filled evening of sing-along, dance-along magic!

Let us thrill you with a mix of iconic costume and a touch of audience participation that only a Veritas production can provide. Featuring such unforgettable hits as “Waterloo”, “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen”, this fantastic cast of West End performers are guaranteed to liven up your night and keep you dancing till dawn!

“This is an amazing tribute with charisma oozing from the girls. The theatre took on a party atmosphere and the standing ovation was virtually throughout the whole show! All I can say is, you are entertainment at its best,’ Thank You for the Music’ and ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ more!”
 – North West End review

For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the venue directly on events@thebowdonrooms.co.uk

The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Friday, 9th September 2022
09/09/2022 19:00
Lipstick On Your Collar

Lipstick On Your Collar is back with its brand new show

Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn't touch the floor. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax - you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s!

From the birth of Rock n Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more.

Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country's top musicians, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun.

Dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll!

The Plaza, Stockport
09/09/2022 19:30
Ray Quinn – King of Swing

This concert spectacular celebrates the fabulous music and tells the incredible story of the world-famous Rat Pack.

Led by a bona fide star of swing music, ‘Ray Quinn’.

Ray’s debut album, ‘My Way’, features songs from this golden era of music and entered the UK album chart at number one. It sold 127,000 copies in its first week of release before being certified platinum, selling over 250’000 worldwide.

Featuring all the greatest hits of Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and many more timeless classics from the stars of swing and rat pack.

Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
09/09/2022 19:30
Old Time Sailors
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
09/09/2022 19:30
Wayne Jackson: And Here I Find Myself

And Here I Find Myself by Wayne Steven Jackson

I wake up. And I’m aware of being present again, amongst the same walls, and floors, and people. It’s as if my whole past has been condensed into a single moment that feels as though it has only just happened. Solid, impenetrable, unchangeable.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts to become a father, a single gay man, on the brink of turning 40, questions how he ended up here, whose rules he has been following, and, most importantly, what happens next. 

Following the national tour of From Me To Us, Wayne Steven Jackson’s new solo show combines digital media, original music, and live performance to explore parenthood, life goals, disappointment, and the sticky veil of heteronormative expectation.

The world has shifted. Laws have been amended, rights instated, and possibilities created. But what if, after all this change, things still don’t work out the way we planned?  

From Me To Us Reviews:

‘Powerful political theatre wrapped in a warm embrace’ **** The Stage

‘educational and beautiful. It’s honest and genuine. I feel very lucky to be watching it at all’ ***** Mobile Theatre

‘captivating  from start to finish’ **** Love London Love Culture

‘A powerful piece of performance art […] Emotive and beautifully written’ **** West End Best Friend

Created and performed by Wayne Steven Jackson
www.waynestevenjackson.co.uk

 
Supported by The Lowry's Artists Development Programme and hÅb
With additional funding from Arts Council England.

 
Score by BAFTA and Academy Award winner Christopher Benstead
Videography by Studio 91 Media
Original music by Katherine Myles
Digital dramaturgy by idontloveyouanymore
Movement consultancy by Simon Jones

This performance explores sexuality and references issues of surrogacy, fertility, and miscarriage.

The Studio Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
09/09/2022 20:00
Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever!

Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!

Babes in Arms are available for children up to 6 months only.
 

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
10/09/2022 to 11/09/2022
Heritage Open Days Tour
Avon Valley Railway, Bristol
10/09/2022 to 11/09/2022
Gandeys Circus - Nottingham

10th Sept - 18th Sept 2022

Location details

Address

Circus Big Top,
Nottingham
Forest Recreation Ground,
Gregory Boulevard
NG7 6NX

GANDEYS CIRCUS presents “ROAR!”

An international cast of over 30 artistes come together to wow audiences in a production staged in Gandeys Big Top of Dreams equipped with the latest theatre-standard lighting and sound effects!

It’s even bigger! Even more spectacular!

Gandeys “Roar!” brings you world class acts from;

The Gerlings will not only be braving the heights of the Wire but their Motorbikes roar as they race around in the iron thunderdome in the centre of the circus ring at 45 miles an hour and the G Force of a fighter jet!!!

From The City of Dreams that is Mumbai... Aditya Mhskar, with the incredible Mallakhamb Pole – a mixture of Aerial Yoga, Gymnastics and Wrestling holds in a century old artform.

The electrifying adrenaline-fuelled excitement of the flying saddles of the Buffalo Soldiers.

From Cuba The towering Rola Rola.

Topped off with Europe’s favourite clown Maycon, who returns by popular demand to create mayhem and mirth!

It is thrills, excitement and laughter for the entire family, as you’re elevated to new heights of world class live entertainment. We look forward to welcoming you once again in 2022 with our brand-new production ROAR, from our family to your family.

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Gandeys Big Top, Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6NX
10/09/2022 to 18/09/2022
Billy Pearce Tour 2022 (Adults Only)
The Plaza, Stockport
10/09/2022 19:30
Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri
The Old Courts, Wigan
10/09/2022 20:00
Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is
The Studio, The Lowry, Salford
10/09/2022 20:00
North Side Story - 0161 Studios
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
11/09/2022 19:00
David Baddiel - Jews Don't Count

The comedian and writer David Baddiel’s book Jews Don’t Count is a bestseller. It was The Times Politics Book of The Year 2021. A tightly-written polemic that sets out Baddiel’s view that in the current political climate - with its intense focus on racism and discrimination against all minorities, one minority - the one that has suffered discrimination the longest - has been forgotten. It has been described by Stephen Fry as “a masterpiece.” 

Join David for a night of forthright conversation about, and readings from, the book. He will answer all your questions about the subject of modern anti-semitism: and also, if you insist, ones about football.

The Quays Theatre. The Lowry, Salford
12/09/2022 to 17/09/2022
The Calendar Girls
The Plaza, Stockport
13/09/2022 to 17/09/2022
David Glover Presents - THE SWAN HOTEL, THE WHITE SWAN, AND THE UKRAINIAN CONNECTION (Part of Halifax Heritage Festival)
The Square Chapel, Halifax
13/09/2022 19:30
Catherine Bohart: This Isn’t For You

Catherine Bohart loves control, hates change and is a serial planner. It’s been an interesting couple of years…

A blisteringly funny new stand-up show filled with horrendous life advice, cheery nihilism and reluctant self-discovery from one of the UK and Ireland’s most exciting comics.

As seen and heard on The Mash Report, Immaculate (Comedy Special) on Amazon Prime Video, A League Of Their Own, Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Roast Battle, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, The News Quiz and The Guilty Feminist Podcast.

Praise for This Isn't For You:

‘As sharp as it is tender… a show that’s worth holding on to’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Touching, funny… a great show’ ★★★★ The Evening Standard

‘She keeps the laughs coming’ ★★★★ The Times

‘Cool-headed, honest and witty’ ★★★★ Chortle

‘Endearingly honest… the laugh count is high’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk

‘Rip-roaring stand-up… brings the house down’ ★★★★ Londonist

 

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
15/09/2022 20:00
The Blackheart Orchestra
The Old Courts are delighted to welcome back The Blackheart Orchestra to our Theatre for what will be another special and intimate performance that's not to be missed.
The Old Courts, Wigan
15/09/2022 20:00
JB Barrington: Showing Poetential
The Old Courts, Wigan
16/09/2022 19:30
Ian Prowse & Amsterdam ‘The Plough Tour 2022’
The Square Chapel, Halifax
16/09/2022 20:00
The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club
Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
16/09/2022 20:00
Teddy Bears Picnic
Avon Valley Railway
17/09/2022 to 18/09/2022
Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream
Voodoo Room - A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream
The Old Courts, Wigan
17/09/2022 20:00
Joanne McNally - Prosecco Express (September 2022)

Described as 'a truly gifted stand up' by The Sunday Times, join Joanne as she revisits her
irreverent and critically acclaimed show The Prosecco Express.

Due to a relentless ageing process, Joanne is suddenly in her late thirties with no husband,
no kids, no pension and no plan. She is full of questions: if she doesn’t birth anything, who will
be obligated to watch her die so she doesn’t have to do it alone? Can she start a GoFundMe
page to get a golden tomb built for single people to get buried in together, or do we all just get
thrown into a mass grave and covered in cat hair? When a man on a dating app identifies as
'spiritual', is it safe to assume he has the personality of a spoon? If you do all your drinking in
the bath, can you write it off as self-care? 'Dark, hilarious, strangely reassuring' [The
Independent], Joanne is on a mission to solve absolutely nothing.

‘Next stop, Netflix’ The Irish Daily Star ★★★★★
‘Joyously nuts’ The Examiner ★★★★★
‘The most exciting thing to happen to Irish comedy in years’ ★★★★★
‘Please bring your friends and laugh until you cry’ EDINBURGH REPORTER ★★★★
‘Authentic, hilarious comedy’ Deadline
‘Terrifyingly funny’ The Evening Standard

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
17/09/2022 20:00
Axel Blake – In Style

“We have discovered a star.”— Simon Cowell

“A comedy superstar was born tonight.”David Walliams

Britain’s Got Talent 2022 winner Axel Blake is heading out on the road with his new show, ‘In Style’. The tour will see him perform all across from September 2022 through to April 2023 including a date at London’s Eventim Apollo (where his winning performance took place).

From the wilds of Dunstable, Axel Blake arrived on the country’s living room screen’s in style as Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent. His observational comedy paired with his witty charm captivated the audience propelling him to be crowned 2022 Champion of the hit show. Axel is continuing to chase his dreams and will be appearing on the 2022 edition of the Royal Variety Show and is hitting the road with his first ever national tour – Axel Blake is coming to your town – In Style.

The Lyric, The Lowry Salford
18/09/2022 19:00
A Night of Adventure: Cycling 3,500 miles around Pandemic Britain
The Plaza, Stockport
18/09/2022 19:30
Jessica Fostekew - Wench

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?). You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill's Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4's News Quiz and Now Show. 

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

 

Promoter Credit: Little Wander

Photo Credit: Matt Stronge 

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
18/09/2022 20:00
Girl from the North Country

THE DOUBLE OLIVIER AND TONY AWARD-WINNING WEST END AND BROADWAY SMASH-HIT TOURS THE UK AND IRELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME.

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CONOR MCPHERSON
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BOB DYLAN

Celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) boldly reimagines the legendary songs of Bob Dylan, like you’ve never heard them before, in GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY. A heart-breaking and universal story about family and love, hailed by the Observer as the 'NO.1 THEATRE SHOW OF THE YEAR'.

It’s 1934 in the heartland of America and we meet a group of wayward souls who cross paths in a time-weathered guesthouse. Standing at a turning point in their lives, they realize nothing is what it seems. But as they search for a future, and hide from the past, they find themselves facing unspoken truths about the present.

Now audiences in _______ have the chance to experience this 'magnificent' (Standard), 'astonishing' (Guardian) and 'piercingly beautiful' (Independent) production brought vividly to life by an extraordinary company of actors and musicians.

"BOB DYLAN's songs have never sounded so
HEARTBREAKINGLY PERSONAL & UNIVERSAL.
AS CLOSE AS MORTALS COME TO HEAVEN ON EARTH"
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times (Critics Pick)

★★★★★
"A show that transports the soul. Incredible"
Times

★★★★★
"Powerful, affecting and original."
Sunday Express

★★★★★
"Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan's songs"
The Observer
★★★★★
Guardian, FT, Telegraph, Independent, Broadway World, City AM, Whatsonstage.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
19/09/2022 to 24/09/2022
Twopence To Cross The Mersey

THE UK PREMIERE TOUR OF HELEN FORRESTER'S - TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY - A BRAND NEW STAGE PRODUCTION NOT TO BE MISSED!

ADAPTED BY ROB FENNAH - DIRECTED BY GARETH TUDOR PRICE
STAR STUDDED CAST FROM STAGE AND SCREEN - MARK MORAGHAN, LYNN FRANCIS, PARRY GLASSPOOL, JENNY MURPHY, DANIEL TAYLOR, LYNNE FITZGERALD, ROB HUDSON, ROY CARRUTHERS AND CHLOE McDONALD

Adapted from Helen Forrester's million-selling autobiography, Twopence To Cross The Mersey is a stunning period drama set in the early 1930's in the midst of the Great Depression.

In 1931 Helen's spendthrift father was declared bankrupt, forcing the family to leave behind the nannies, servants, and beautiful middle-class home in the gentler Southwest of England.
With nothing more than the clothes they stood up in, the family of nine took the train to Liverpool where they hoped to rebuild their shattered lives. It came as a terrible shock to find the thriving, wealthy port Helen's father remembered as a boy, the place his own father made his fortune, had long since gone.

While 12-year-old Helen's inept parents searched unsuccessfully to find work, she was taken out of school to look after her six younger siblings and the full burden of keeping house fell on Helen's young shoulders.
Having never had to manage a family budget in their previous life, the Forrester's found themselves relying on meagre handouts from the local parish, charity organisations and the kindness of strangers.
But, at the age of 14, Helen had finally had enough of her miserable existence, and so began a bitter fight with her mother and father to attend evening school in an effort to educate herself and make her own way in the world.
But Helen's parents had no intention of releasing their unpaid slave. They had other plans for their selfish daughter.

What the media said about previous Twopence To Cross The Mersey productions:
"Absolutely Amazing" - BBC Radio 4
"The Theatrical Equivalent Of A Page Turner" - The Stage
"Emotional & Powerful" - British Theatre Guide
"A Brilliant Production - A Real Hit" - Cheshire Today
"Totally Compelling" - Liverpool Echo

The Plaza, Stockport
19/09/2022 to 20/09/2022
Gandeys Circus - Knutsford
Gandeys Big Top, The Big Heath, WA16 0ND
21/09/2022 to 25/09/2022
UNE Featuring Mark Radcliffe and Paul Langley
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, Thursday 22nd September 2022
22/09/2022 19:00
An Evening With Sir Geoffrey Boycott

~ A Brand New Knight Out! ~

 

An Evening With Geoffrey Boycott last appeared on stage in 2017. A great deal has happened since then - in the cricket world, the world at large and in the world of our Geoffrey. He has had major heart surgery, become a grandfather for the first time and finally been honoured with a long-overdue knighthood.

 

Geoffrey’s many fans have expressed their deep disappointment at his disappearance from our airwaves. So, in a packed autumn where England are competing for the T20 World Cup and battling with the old enemy to wrest back control of The Ashes, they will be delighted for this chance to hear what Geoffrey thinks about - well, everything!

 

Forthright honest views, hilarious anecdotes, personal film footage from an incredible career and a chance for the audience to ask Sir Geoffrey their own questions. It’s a brilliant new evening with our brand new knight.

 

As ever, this cricket event is being run in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and we raise money from the evening for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.

The Plaza, Stockport
22/09/2022 19:30
Day Out With Thomas at South Devon Railway
The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0DZ
23/09/2022 to 25/09/2022
80s Live!
The Plaza, Stockport
23/09/2022 19:30
Classic Film Scores by Candlelight
The Bowdon Rooms - Altrincham - Friday 23rd September 2022
23/09/2022 20:00
Now That’s What I Call Glam Pop!
A fully live show with a tongue in cheek approach to give you that feel good factor.
The Old Courts, Wigan
23/09/2022 20:00
The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
24/09/2022 14:00
In conversation with Sir Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson will be live on stage for an intimate evening looking back at his career on stage and screen, together with his literary accomplishments, in what will be a spectacular evening.

Join us to hear the lowdown on his many exploits and endeavours and expect plenty of fascinating anecdotes and peeks behind the scenes.

Follow Sir Tony's journey from child actor to Blackadder's immortal Baldrick and from Time Team to everybody's favourite history presenter.

This evening will be hosted by television legend Jenny Powell and you will also have a chance to ask your own burning question in an audience Q & A.

 

Limited VIP seating is available for the front 3 rows with each ticket guaranteeing you a personal meet & greet experience with Sir Tony Robinson and you will also receive your own personal souvenir photograph with Sir Tony Robinson to remember this special night.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience an amazing evening in the uniquely entertaining company of one of the country's best-loved performers and true national treasure.

Tickets are limited for this event, which is exclusively presented at The Bowdon Rooms for one night only.

The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Saturday, 24th September 2022
24/09/2022 18:00
The Mersey Beatles

Fans of The Beatles prepare to be wowed by the world’s favourite Liverpool-born tribute to the Fab Four.

The Mersey Beatles have been rocking sold-out shows around the globe since 1999 with their truly authentic and widely acclaimed celebration of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The band – who clocked up more than 600 appearances in a 10-year residency at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club – brilliantly exude the inner and outer spirit of the original Fab Four.

Throughout two unforgettable hours, they take the audience on a fabulous ride through the ‘mop top’ hits of Beatlemania, the psychedelic creativity of Sgt Pepper to the melodic wonder and energy of the Fab Four’s later work.

The Plaza, Stockport
24/09/2022 19:45
Jon Culshaw - Les Dawson Flying High

Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers, The Impressions Show) stars in this funny, affectionate and poignant celebration of the much-missed comedy legend. Join Les as he summons forth a wealth of characters and incidents from his eventful life and career, as he travels on Concorde at twice the speed of sound 68,000 feet above the Earth, in this new play from BAFTA and Olivier Award winning writer Tim Whitnall and director Bob Golding.

Presented by: So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions
Age guidance 14+

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
24/09/2022 20:00
Vincent Simone – Tango Passions

Argentine Tango King and Strictly Come Dancing legend, Vincent Simone, returns to the
stage in the Autumn of 2022 with his brand new show… ‘Tango Passions’.

Accompanied by world-class Argentine Tango specialists, let the original Italian stallion
take you on a journey to Buenos Aires and enjoy his dancing, tales and poetry about the
history of the Argentine Tango.

Vincent will also be joined by his professional dance partner, Ksenia Zsikhotska from
DWTS Ireland and The Ballroom Boys.

Featuring music from Astor Piazzolla and Gotan Project.

A sexy, steamy, passionate night not to be missed!

Produced by Paul Irving of Strictly Theatre Co.

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
25/09/2022
MATT FORD’S - SING! SWING! SING!
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Sunday 25th September 2022
25/09/2022 17:00
Russell Kane Live: The Essex Variant!
The Plaza, Stockport
25/09/2022 20:00
Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I’m Sixty Moore

Edinburgh Comedy Award "Best Show" nominee Glenn Moore is one of the best joke writers of his generation and is back on tour in Autumn 2022.

Expect a "comedy masterclass" (The Times) and a high-energy barrage of the most jokes you've ever heard humanely fit into one stand-up show.

As seen/heard on Mock The Week (BBC2), The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2),The Dave Berry Breakfast Show (Absolute Radio) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

"The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill I've seen" - ★★★★ The Guardian

"Brilliantly original" - ★★★★ Chortle

“Exquisitely crafted gags” - ★★★★ Evening Standard

The Studio, The Lowry Theatre, Salford
25/09/2022 20:00
Andy Powell's Monday Matinee Cabaret.

After four sell out Monday Matinee shows Andy returns with another Monday afternoon extravaganza of live entertainment from some of the UK’s finest performers.

The UK’s number one Billy Joel tribute returns by popular demand alongside pop/soprano sensation Helen England. It’s a variety show of the highest order with Soul, Swing, Pop and sing-along classics on the  menu. Comedy and hosting duties will be provided by Justin Moorhouse as we welcome back the good times. Book early to enjoy a brilliant afternoon of entertainment with Stockport’s premier live entertainer and his fabulous guests.

26/09/2022 13:00
Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical

The true story of the world’s most unlikely buoy-band.

When a group of Cornish fisherman come together to sing the traditional sea shanties they’d sung for generations, they hoped to raise a few quid for charity. Nobody, least of all them, expected the story to end on the Pyramid stage of Glastonbury…

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS is a brand-new musical based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations, and the hit 2019 film.

A group of fishermen are spotted by a fish-out-of-water music manager on a trip from London, who must learn there is more to life then selling your sole for fifteen minutes of fame.

Packed with more musical treats than you can fit in a lobster pot, this is a feel-good voyage about friendship, community and music which smashed box office records when it premiered in Cornwall in Autumn 2021. So climb aboard, find your sea legs and allow yourself to fall for this critically acclaimed musical, hook, line and sinker.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
27/09/2022 to 01/10/2022
That'll Be The Day
The Plaza, Stockport
27/09/2022 19:30
David Glover - FATHER TO GENTLEMAN JACK: THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN JEREMY LISTER
The Square Chapel, Halifax
28/09/2022 14:15
Three Decembers
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
28/09/2022 to 29/09/2022
THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN
The Square Chapel, Halifax
29/09/2022 19:30
And Finally...Phil Collins
For over 30 years, Phil Collins has written a diverse range of songs that have defined generations.

And Finally…Phil Collins are credited as being the UK’s Top Phil Collins Tribute, fronted by singer Chris O'Connell who brings to the stage the charisma and characteristics of the man who fronted Genesis and has sold 150 million albums in his solo career.

This production delivers a two hour high energy show packed full of Phil’s solo hits including ‘In The Air Tonight’, ‘Another Day In Paradise’ and ‘Sussudio’ along with a sprinkling of Genesis hits for good measure. Featuring some of the country's top touring musicians, two drums kits and the esteemed ’And Finally Horns'.

This is a great opportunity to come and celebrate with us the illustrious career of the one and only Phil Collins.

FINALISTS IN NATIONAL TRIBUTE AWARDS 2019 IN 'BEST BAND' - The only Phil Collins or Genesis show in any category!

Audience quotes:
'Fantastic night, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!'
'Brilliant show. Fantastic musicians - Loved the humour and warmth from you all. Great choice of music'
'Thanks for a great night! We sang, we danced and we had great fun!'
The Plaza, Stockport
29/09/2022 19:30
Steam Driver Experience

Come and experience the sounds and smells of steam as you take the controls and drive/fire one of our steam locomotives.

There are two participants per session and on our morning one you’ll meet the crew over breakfast in our café and be given an introductory briefing covering what to expect, safety and how a steam locomotive works.  You’ll then split up with one of you being aboard the footplate to drive/fire the locomotive yourself (under expert supervision of course!) for one round trip of the line.  You’ll then swap over and spend a second trip with the Guard understanding this aspect of our train operations.  Afterwards you’ll enjoy lunch in our café with the crew and meet the afternoon participants who will be eager to hear your stories of your time onboard.

For the afternoon session you’ll do exactly the same, but enjoy lunch first followed by coffee and cake at the end of your time with us.

The duration of this experience is 3½ hours

Avon Valley Railway
30/09/2022 to 15/10/2022
FLASH! - A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Friday 30th September 2022
30/09/2022 19:00
Magic of Motown

Celebrating 60 magical years of Motown, immerse yourself in the sound of a generation as The Magic of Motown returns to the stage!

Get ready to Reach Out for a brand new show in 2020 with all your favourite Motown songs.

You will be going Loco down in Acapulco, as we take you along memory lane with all the Motown classics from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and many, many more.

Enjoy favourites including Heard It Through The Grapevine, Mr Postman, My Girl, Stop In The Name of Love, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and more!

This is Motown at its very best; signed sealed and delivered, touring the nation. The show of the year!

This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme.

Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
30/09/2022 19:30
Remembering Live Variety
The Plaza, Stockport
30/09/2022 19:30
T.Rextasy

Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era.

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
30/09/2022 19:30
Carole - The Music of Carole King
Carole -The Music of Carole King is a celebration of the music of one of the world’s greatest songwriters Carole King. Following a fantastic debut tour in 2019 Carole returns to the stage with an even bigger production for 2020.

With a cast of the UK’s finest singers, dancers and musicians this wonderful homage takes you on an incredible journey through the music that defined an era. From that early hotbed of creativity that was New York's Brill Building in the 1950’s and 1960’s through to the Troubadour Club and the California singer songwriter movement of the early 70’s. The incredibly talented cast will not only have you dancing in the aisles but will bring you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Featuring not only songs from the Carole King Songbook but songs from some of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the 50’s and 60’s.Songs that were recorded by some of the greatest artists of all time including Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Bobby Vee, The Monkees, The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Little Eva, The Everly Brothers, James Taylor and of course Carole King herself.

www.caroletheshow.com
The Plaza, Stockport
01/10/2022 19:30
Alice
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
01/10/2022 19:30
Buzzkocks
A tribute to the iconic band Buzzcocks
The Old Courts, Wigan
01/10/2022 20:30
Twinkle Twinkle
The Aldridge Studio, The Lowry, Salford
02/10/2022
Calum Scott
Following the release of “Where Are You Now” with Lost Frequencies that continues to dominate the UK Top 5 and airwaves around the world, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Calum Scott is heading to The Lowry this October.
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
02/10/2022 19:00
Flo and Joan - Sweet Release
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
02/10/2022 20:00
Gary Barlow - A Different Stage
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
04/10/2022 to 08/10/2022
Roundabout in Irlam: A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain
Prince's Park, Irlam
06/10/2022 to 09/10/2022
The Lady Boys Of Bangkok
The Plaza, Stockport
06/10/2022 19:30
The Crooners
Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
06/10/2022 19:30
Quiet Rebels
The Aldridge Studio, The Lowry, Salford
06/10/2022 to 08/10/2022
Roundabout in Irlam: Half-Empty Glasses
Prince's Park, Irlam
07/10/2022 to 09/10/2022
These Smiths
The Bowdon Rooms - Altrincham - Friday 7th October 2022
07/10/2022 19:00
Robert Temple: the Hypnotist - RED RAW
LAUGH ’TIL YOU’RE RED IN THE FACE

“The Hypnotist: Red Raw” is a brand new show where volunteers from the audience unlock their imaginations and create a once-in-a-lifetime show of improvised comedy under the influence of hypnosis - live on stage.

Robert Temple is back on tour after a phenomenal 23-day run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, with this all new show featuring brand new sketches that’ll have you howling for days.

Things will be imagined, people’s identities forgotten, changed and their reality completely altered. All in in the spirit of a ruddy good laugh.

It’s the perfect night out whether you watch from the audience or you choose to participate as a star of the show, this is a night out not to be missed.

*No actors are used, members of the audience are asked to volunteer if they would like to participate at the start of every performance.

Not suitable for under 15’s.
Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
07/10/2022 19:30
Songs & Stories of Thomas Gabriel
Thomas Gabriel, eldest grandson of Johnny Cash, is looking to the future while also honouring the Cash family history.
The Old Courts, Wigan
07/10/2022 19:30
Emerging
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
07/10/2022 to 08/10/2022
Roundabout in Irlam: The Ultimate Pickle
Prince's Park, Irlam
08/10/2022 to 09/10/2022
JB Barrington: Showing Poetential
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
08/10/2022 19:30
Film: Save The Cinema - (Cert 12A)
The Plaza, Stockport
08/10/2022 19:30
Eddi Reader
The Old Courts, Bolton
08/10/2022 20:00
Elio Pace - Billy Joel Albums Show
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
09/10/2022 19:30
Samsara
Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara.

Journey through the vast cultures of China and India in this physical and spiritual performance. Created and performed by international dance artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China); they draw upon the diverse disciplines of ballet, Chinese folk, kathak and contemporary dance. Samsara is inspired by the journeys of the many monks believed to have attempted the long pilgrimage between China and India, that led to the classic 16th Century Chinese story Journey to The West. This compelling journey of self-development, strength, fear and love finds new meaning in modern times. Samsara traces a path across lands and through time, exploring the idea that if we let attachments go and allow love or light in, we might find a place of truth and peace.

Immerse yourself in the energy and skill of these two extraordinary dancers, and the live music of composer and singer Nicki Wells (UK/Switzerland) in this epic journey of discovery.
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
09/10/2022 20:00
The Green Room: Marilyn Royle
The Plaza, Stockport
10/10/2022 19:30
Beyond the Barricade
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
10/10/2022 20:00
Anna Warrilow Renaissance Cassoni - Wedding Chests & the Art of Marriage in 15C Florence, presented by
The Square Chapel, Halifax
11/10/2022 13:00
The Color Purple

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman, Allee Willis, Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray, The Color Purple tells the powerful and life-affirming story of courageous heroine Celie. Abused and oppressed throughout her youth, Celie embarks on a journey through joy, despair, anguish and hope, discovering her own unique voice thanks to the incredible women in her life. From an unbreakable bond with her sister Nettie, to friendship with fiercely independent Sofia and a life-changing affair with glamorous singer Shug Avery, Celie learns to love herself.

With a profoundly evocative score by Grammy award-winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this landmark musical celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
11/10/2022 to 15/10/2022
Mark Thomas - Black and White
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
11/10/2022 20:00
One Night In Dublin
The Plaza, Stockport
12/10/2022 19:30
Hold On Let Go

Unfolding Theatre in association with LittleMighty presents

HOLD ON LET GO

Alex is 56. Luca is half his age.

Alex has an encyclopaedia in his head. Luca has one on her phone.

Alex can’t recall his mother’s voice or most of the 1980s. But he can instantly bring to mind his mother’s cooking and his family’s stories of the Spanish Civil War.

Luca worries that she can’t remember the important stuff – things that might make the world a better place. Her journey sucks her into a black hole crammed full of everything she’s ever forgotten.

A poignant, personal meditation on the gaps in our memories, Hold On Let Go asks what we want to pass on to future generations. It’s a show that bakes bread, dances on the kitchen table and wonders what is left when words are gone.

Director: Annie Rigby (Putting The Band Back Together), Writer: Luca Rutherford, Songwriter: Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park), Performers: Luca Rutherford and Alex Elliott, Sounds: Mariam Rezaei, Choreographer: Liv Lorent, Dramaturg: Selina Thompson (salt.).

“Packed with clever ideas… A show to remember” - **** - THE SCOTSMAN

The Lowry Studio, Salford
12/10/2022 20:00
Sue Barker Live - Calling The Shots
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
12/10/2022 20:00
It's Not Unusual
The Plaza, Stockport
13/10/2022 19:30
Diesel Driver Experience
Avon Valley Railway
14/10/2022
Gandeys Circus – ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ - Trentham
Circus Big Top, TRENTHAM, Trentham Estate, Stone Road, ST4 8JG
14/10/2022 to 30/10/2022
Gandeys Circus - SPOOKTACULAR - Manchester
Orient 11 Car Park, Trafford Centre, (Grand Hall Entrance), M17 8AA
14/10/2022 to 30/10/2022
EBAN BROWN - LEAD SINGER OF THE STYLISTICS
The Bowdon Rooms - Altrincham - Friday 14th October 2022
14/10/2022 19:00
Banff Mountain Film Festival - Cert 12A

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival!

 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!

 

There are two shows, each with an entirely different selection of brand new films for 2022 - the Blue Film Programme (20 May) and the Red Film Programme (14th October)

Double the adventure by coming to both! (Click here to book the bundle)

 

An adrenaline-fueled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel!

 

See www.banff-uk.com for more details.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Basecamp, Denali National Park, Alaska © Christian Pondella

The Plaza, Stockport
14/10/2022 19:30
Joseph Toonga - Born to Exist

BORN TO EXIST: the woman I know

By Joseph Toonga 

This Hip Hop Dance Theatre Production forms Toonga’s third part of his Nationally acclaimed, Hip Hop Dance trilogy that invites change, and a sense of overcoming stigmas society holds towards ethnic minorities. Analysing representation with an intersectional focus to show untold, underrepresented, individual journeys.
 
Joseph combines his research with his own experiences and the cast to manifest what is means to be a human and show it in all it’s ugliness, beauty, contradictions and complexity. 

Joseph’s choreographic style is used as a conduit for trauma, fed through a vacuum of movement and given to audiences.
 
This work brings together a powerhouse of creatives, lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers and provides the platform for ultimate activism.

Alongside this theatre production Joseph is collaborating with three afro Brazilan female creatives to establish a social programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The progamme ‘Young, Gifted & Black’ works to support and empower low-income black female teenagers favela’s in Rio through dance

“My job is to somehow make them curious enough and persuade them by nook or crook to get more aware of themselves, where they came from, what they are into and what is already there and to bring it out. This is what compels me to compel them and I will do it by what ever means necessary” Nina Simone, 1969 

Commissioned by Theatre Boulevard, The Place & DanceEast, supported by Redbridge Drama Centre, South East Dance and the Arts Council England.

"Toonga’s choreography sits neatly alongside the cultural signifiers of black culture" - Lorna Irvine, fjord review

14/10/2022 20:00
My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored

15 year-old Reece is roughly accosted by the police outside M&S. 

His teacher Gillian watches as his face is pressed into the wet gravel with a policeman’s knee in his back, frozen out of fear for her own safety. 

The next day Reece locks them both in her classroom, refusing to relinquish the key. He wants her to pay – and to fully understand the pain her inaction has caused. 

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored is an urgent interrogation of racial identity, written by Nana-Kofi Kufuor and directed by Dermot Daly

Produced by award-winning Red Ladder Theatre Company

The Aldridge Studio, The Lowry Salford
14/10/2022 to 15/10/2022
Jesus Jones
The Old Courts, Wigan
14/10/2022 20:30
The Real Thing and Odyssey in Disco Fever Live
DISCO FEVER LIVE returns for a 5th year with The Real Thing - 'You To Me Are Everything' / 'Can't Get By Without You' / 'Can You Feel The Force' - and Odyssey - 'Native New Yorker'/ 'Use It Up And Wear It Out' / 'Going Back To My Roots'.
The Plaza, Stockport
15/10/2022 19:45
Sunflowers and Sheds
The Studio, The Lowry, Salford
16/10/2022
The Proclaimers

2022 will see The Proclaimers heading into the recording studio to record their 12th studio album, followed by festival appearances in the summer and a 35-date UK & Ireland tour from October to December.   

Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid emerged 35 years ago with their debut album This Is The Story and Top 3 single Letter from America. Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has have over the years seen them enjoy huge success across the globe.

The Proclaimers songs are timeless, capturing a gamut of human emotions, written with poignancy, emotional honesty, political fire, and wit. Their songs feature at weddings, funerals and everything in-between and there is one song, an early celebration of falling head over heels in love that is known the world over and has become a staggering global anthem. 

The Proclaimers have carved out a niche for themselves in the netherworld where pop, folk, new wave, and punk collide. In the process, they have enjoyed Gold and Platinum singles and albums in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

On BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island discs, David Tennant describes his first track by The Proclaimers - "I could have chosen any and every track from this band, probably my favourite band of all time. They write the most spectacular songs, big hearted, uncynical passionate songs."

www.proclaimers.co.uk

 

The Lyric, The Lowry Theatre, Salford
16/10/2022 19:30
The ELO Show
The Lowry Theatre, Salford
16/10/2022 20:00
Blood Brothers

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
18/10/2022 to 22/10/2022
Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote (Cert 18)
The Plaza, Stockport
18/10/2022 19:30
Gandeys Circus - Spooktacular - Merry Hill
Engine Lane Car Park, Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Brierley Hill, DY5 1QX
19/10/2022 to 30/10/2022
Harry Baker: Unashamed
The Old Courts, Bolton
19/10/2022 19:30
Psychic Sally
The Plaza, Stockport
19/10/2022 19:30
Harry Baker: Unashamed
The Square Chapel, Halifax
20/10/2022 19:30
An Evening Of Burlesque
The Plaza, Stockport
20/10/2022 19:30
Maisie Adam - Buzzed

Fresh from Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week, and The Last Leg, Best Newcomer nominee Maisie Adam is back with a brand new show for 2022, ‘Buzzed’.

Rammed with witty observations, high-octane energy and some right good jokes.  This high-energy show promises to be better than whatever else you had planned (unless you had plans to go dancing with Cher). 

Her jokes were spot on, her stories magnificent and magnificently told.
Bruce Dessau

There's no denying that Maisie Adam is phenomenal
The Scotsman

Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide
Recommended 15+

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
20/10/2022 20:00
Ray Quinn - King Of Swing
The Plaza, Stockport
21/10/2022 19:30
Steve Norman and The Sleevz - Journeys to Glory 40th Anniversary
The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Friday 21st October 2022
21/10/2022 20:00
Myra Dubois: Raising Spirits
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
21/10/2022 20:00
Crown Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty

Crown Ballet
Presents

Sleeping Beauty – a spectacular fairy-tale
Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Every child’s favourite fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. After a very long break we are proud to present to you the UK Premier of this ballet company from Moldova.

Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Outline based on the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, the Sleeping Beauty tells of the Princess Aurora, cursed at her christening by the evil Carabosse to prick her finger one day on a spindle and die.

Thanks to the timely intervention of the Lilac Fairy, she doesn’t die, but sleeps for a hundred years.

Woken by a prince, who has battled through the Enchanted Forest to reach her, they marry at a ceremony attended by nursery rhyme characters like Puss in Boots and all the other forest creatures.

There are no scores more successful in supporting the full range of ballet than those by Tchaikovsky.
Highlights include the Famous ‘Rose Adagio’ when Princess Aurora is introduced to four princes.

A wonderful evening out and memories which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.

Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
22/10/2022 14:30
Wayne Dilks: The George Michael Legacy

International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show.

The former frontman, producer of “Faith” (2017- 2018) and “Freedom!’19” returns with his new production - “The George Michael Legacy”

Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for 20 years, dedicating his professional career to pay homage to the late pop phenomenon.
He delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way, receiving 5 star reviews nationwide.

Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica.

The Plaza, Stockport
22/10/2022 19:30
An Evening With Tom Robinson
The Old Courts, Bolton
22/10/2022 19:30
Crown Ballet presents Swan Lake

Crown Ballet
Presents

Swan Lake – The greatest of all romantic ballets
Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Crown Ballet presents to you the most famous Ballet of all time. Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance. After a very long break we are proud to present to you the UK Premier of this ballet company from Moldova.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other.

It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Swan Lake is full of mystery and romance and has captured the imagination of generations over the years and it continues to attract worldwide audiences, young and old.

A wonderful evening out and memories which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.

Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
22/10/2022 19:30
Shark in the Park
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
23/10/2022 to 26/10/2022
Harry Hill – Pedigree Fun

Harry is back with brand-new amazing jokes in an all-singing, all-dancing one-man spectacular.

“I hadn’t realised how much I missed performing live until lockdown stopped me from doing it,” says Harry, “It’s great to be going back on stage and the good news is I am planning a very silly show.”

Audiences will meet Harry’s new baby elephant, Sarah, and Ian, The Information Worm.

Harry will also be joined by Stouffer the Cat (his famous sidekick) who commented “what can I tell you? When Harry calls you say yes – end of!”

‘Genius’ The Times

‘Genius’ The Daily Mirror

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
23/10/2022 19:30
Elf Lyons: Raven

Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Blue Book Artist Management

‘Monsters are real. Ghosts are real too. They live inside us and sometimes, they win” – Stephen King

Comedy IT-girl Elf Lyons floats around the UK with her new horrifying comedy show inspired by Stephen King. Part Mad Clown comedy spectacle, part Hammer Horror – in Raven,  Elf becomes your own personal Pennywise as she merges horror techniques with old school storytelling to make you laugh and shiver in equal measure.  

Get a glass of Red Rum, bring your pal Tony and laugh with Elf forever and ever. It will be a Misery if you can’t come. 
Directed by Leland Gaunt.

*No cats allowed*  

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee as seen and heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 1, Dave and BBC Three.

“This is comedy as enchantment, a show so beguiling that you don’t just love it, you somehow fall in love with it.”
The Scotsman

“Expert clowning that’s by turns charming, silly, touching and catastrophic”
The Times 

“If you prefer your comedy going to the edge then toppling right off that edge try Lyons.”
Evening Standard

“Lyons has genuine funnybones – a surprisingly rare commodity even in comedy”
Chortle

“A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for.”
The Guardian

EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD BEST SHOW NOMINEE 
MALCOLM HARDEE AWARD FOR COMIC ORIGINALITY NOMINEE 
ADELAIDE FRINGE ‘PICK OF THE FRINGE’ WINNER 
FRINGE WORLD ‘BEST COMEDY SHOW’ NOMINEE 
BRITISH VOGUE’S ’20 NAMES OF NOW’ 
BBC NEW TALENT HOTLIST 

MAN UP – DRAG KING – FINALIST

The Studio, The Lowry, Salford
23/10/2022 20:00
Belinda Davids: The Greatest Love of All

A Tribute to Whitney Houston

Fresh from her show-stopping Britain’s Got Talent finals appearance, Belinda Davids returns to the UK with her acclaimed stage show.

Whitney’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed tribute show described as “mind-blowingly spot on”.

Be stunned by the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids – a RiSA chart-topping artist in her home country of South Africa - who has performed alongside the likes of Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole and Monica and featured on Fox TV’s ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ and BBC1 TV’s ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing’.

With the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists and choreographed dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, vision and theatrical effects, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers.

*Not associated with the Estate of Whitney Houston

24/10/2022 19:30
Stockport Operatic Society presents Top Hat
Stockport Operatic Society will present TOP HAT, This will bring the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the Plaza Theatre in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time whilst travelling between New York, London and Venice.

Packed full of Irving Berlin's greatest hits including "Puttin' on the Ritz" , "Isn't This a Lovely Day" (To Be Caught in the rain)?, "Cheek to Cheek",and "Top Hat,White Tie and Tails" , TOP HAT is an exhilarating celebration of 1930's song and dance.
The Plaza, Stockport
25/10/2022 to 29/10/2022
The Magical Music of Harry Potter

A one-of-a-kind film & music experience:

“The Magical Music of Harry Potter” is a unique and enchanting evening where original actors, star soloists, a choir and an orchestra bring the boy wizard’s world to life!

The program includes soundtracks by four-time Oscar winner John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle and Golden Globe winner Alexander Desplat.

The evening becomes truly spellbinding with illusions from Rob Lake, one of the world's leading magicians, featured on “America's Got Talent” and Disney's Cruise Line.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford
25/10/2022 19:30
Twopence to Cross the Mersey
Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton
25/10/2022 to 27/10/2022
David Glover - THE LIFE STORY OF HALIFAX PARISH CHURCH (NOW MINSTER)
The Square Chapel, Halifax
26/10/2022 14:15
The Tiger Who Came to Tea

A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD
Based on the book by JUDITH KERR

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval).
Suitable for children aged 3+.

★★★★
‘This Tiger is the cat’s meow’
The Times

★★★★
‘A rare and grreat achievement’
Mail on Sunday

★★★★
‘All the fun of the fur’
Daily Express

★★★★
‘Perfectly pitched’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★★
‘Delightful’
Whatsonstage.com

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
27/10/2022 to 30/10/2022
Halloween Ghost Train
East Lancashire Railway
27/10/2022 to 29/10/2022
The Black Blues Brothers
No one can resist the energy of The Black Blues Brothers in their acrobatic tribute to the legendary cult movie.
 
Expect jaw- dropping balancing acts, acrobatics with fire and human pyramids as The Black Blues Brothers use every chair, table and coat rack as part of their breathtaking routines!
 
Set in a nightclub, reminiscent of the Cotton Club, a vintage radio blasts out all of your favourite hits from the film, including Gimme Some Lovin’, Sweet Home Chicago and Soul Man.
 
Everybody needs someone to love, and The Black Blues Brothers need you, you and you to get up and get down with them!
The Quays thetare, The Lowry, Salford
27/10/2022 to 29/10/2022
Sixth Sense Ghost Hunters
The Old Courts, Wigan
28/10/2022 19:00
Rob Bowden King - Musicals and Me

Local lad and star of Britain’s Got Talent and BBC One’s All Together Now, Rob Bowden King comes to The Bowdon Rooms for his first ever solo concert in his home town of Altrincham.

Labelled a “West End wonder in the making” by Simon Cowell, Rob takes you on a personal journey through his favourite songs from the West End musicals that formed his love for theatre.
He is joined on stage by some special guests and the stunning Magic Voices Choir, this is set to be a magical evening not to be missed!

** Postponed from Friday 22 July 2022**

The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham - Friday 22nd July 2022
28/10/2022 19:30
An Evening With Richard E Grant
The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
28/10/2022 20:00
Nick Sharratt’s Halloween Drawalong

Join much loved children’s author and illustrator Nick Sharratt for a special Halloween themed drawalong. He’ll be sketching gently spooky characters from a selection of his fun-filled picture books, including the hugely popular You Choose’, Shark in the Park’ and ‘Pants’ series. And you can draw along with him!

Nick has illustrated over 300 books and has worked with top authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Kes Gray. He’s also the illustrator of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally successful children’s novels. Nick’s been awarded a gold Blue Peter badge too!

This event is ideal for Nick's younger fans. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on. 

Running time 75 minutes with no interval. 4+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
30/10/2022 14:00
The Story Of Guitar Heroes

One of the UK’s most popular live concert experiences, The Story of Guitar Heroes has garnered critical acclaim both at home and abroad for its incredible homage to some of the most influential and iconic guitarists from the past 50 years of popular music.

Featuring some of the UK’s most talented musicians, the show includes classic hits from guitar legends Jimmy Page, Hank Marvin, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Slash and many more!

Using state-of-the-art video projection the show journeys through five decades, from 1950s Rock & Roll through to the most creative and inspirational guitar heroes of the modern era.

The Story of Guitar Heroes continues to attract ever-growing audiences of men, women and children of all ages. Renowned for its versatile world-class musicianship, the show recreates the unique sounds of each guitar legend with incredible accuracy, utilising no less than 30 different authentic guitars!

“Every lick is expertly played by highly experienced, gifted musicians”

“Amazing show, amazing musicians!”

The Plaza, Stockport
30/10/2022 19:30
Dave Gorman - Powerpoint to The People

Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, Powerpoint To The People

The 'high priest of the comedy Powerpoint talk' (The Times) is touring again - as much as anything to demonstrate that a powerpoint presentation doesn't have to involve a man in a grey suit standing behind a lectern and saying 'next slide please'. We've all had enough of that, so let's put it all behind us and never speak of it again - there are far more important things to analyse. Well... they're more important in Dave's head anyway. 

‘hugely entertaining’★★★★ The Times

‘Gorman creates real magic from the unlikeliest of sources’ ★★★★ 
The Mail on Sunday

‘beautifully constructed’ ★★★★ 
The Arts Desk

‘exquisitely constructed show from a comic who is at the top of his game’ ★★★★ 
The Evening Standard

The Lyric Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
30/10/2022 20:00
The Shawshank Redemption

THE ACCLAIMED STAGE VERSION OF THE NATION’S FAVOURITE MOVIE

Bill Kenwright presents:

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Based on the short novel by Stephen King

Adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns  
Directed by David Esbjornson

Based on the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, the play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum-security facility. The 1994 feature film regularly voted Britain’s favourite ever movie, starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
 
Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…

31/10/2022 to 05/11/2022