The Pendleton Sixth Form College Season of Shows continued tonight with a truly festive treat in the form of Scrooge The Musical written by Leslie Bricusse and based on the Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol.
People may know him best for his roles on Coronation Street and Red Dwarf but Craig Charles is one of the UK’s most loved funk and soul DJs. For one night only he is joined by his friends from the Northern Soul era for a Christmas party.
The delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book Stick Man, (live on the stage) has been touring the UK since September and finishes its run at the beautiful Lowy Quays theatre on the 6th January 2019. My daughter and I saw this wonderful production last year and with a totally new cast, Scamp Theatre’s production didn’t disappoint us again as my daughter and the packed auditorium were engrossed from beginning to end!
The Oresteia is yet another brilliantly adapted and stylised educational piece from Splendid Productions. The Quays Theatre at The Lowry filled up with theatre studies students, and Nuala Maguire, Grace Goulding and Tanya Muchanyuka did an expert job at keeping them engaged for the whole hour long show.
Previously known to some of the younger generation as one half of CBBC’s Iain and Hacker, and a BAFTA award winner for ‘best children’s presenter’ (although you wouldn’t think it to watch his stand up show). Now recognised by the nation as the voice of ITV2's Love Island. Comedian Iain Stirling is currently touring his show ‘U OK HUN? X’ around the UK, and it's the perfect cure to combat the winter blues.
Swan Lake glides gracefully up the Manchester Ship Canal to take up residency at The Lowry until 1st December and Matthew Bourne's innovative, daring and visually stunning vision of this classic ballet makes for a note perfect treat from start to finish.
The Merry Widow the operetta by Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár was performed by the prodigious Opera North on their 40th anniversary it was on this date 15th November 1978 when the company took to the stage for the first time with a production of Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalila at Leeds Grand Theatre. Since then Opera North has established a phenomenal reputation for producing some of the finest and exclusively luminous productions that have ever graced the Opera scene engaging a whole new generation of patrons.
Tosca the Opera in three acts with Music by Giacomo Puccini came to the stunning Lowry Theatre in Salford, first performed by Opera North in November 1979 in Leeds returned to the North for one night only to deliver this classic Opera sung in Italian (English translations projected either side of the stage) of ‘Secrets’, ‘lies’ and a ‘lethal ultimatum’.
Alan Bennett’s 2009 play about, amongst other things, W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten is revived in this new touring production with Matthew Kelly and David Yelland in the principal roles. By turns coarse, moving, hilarious and profound, this play demonstrates yet again how Bennett manages to make enduring art out of the most unlikely materials.
With not exactly the kind of name you’d associate with comedy, Slaughterhouse Live are a Manchester based, four-man comedy cabaret team made up of Steve Royle (of Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere to name a few), Gary Morris, Martin Pemberton and Andrew Willson.
Led by a brilliant dissection of the “girl brain”, Fluent in English is an observational feminist flurry about the mad traditions and customs we have allowed to dominate the traditional hetero wedding. Presenting her own brand of straight-talking feminism by an “elder Millennial”, Iliza Shlesinger’s style is refreshing and direct. From her bleating flock-followers on a hen night to the bizarreness of wearing a veil, no ancient stone of sexism is left unturned.
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