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Theatre Productions To Watch This Season

We’ve been having a look at the season ahead and we’ve been blown away by 2017’s upcoming productions. New writing,…

We’ve been having a look at the season ahead and we’ve been blown away by 2017’s upcoming productions. New writing, timeless classics and outstanding talent will be descending on the North West and we honestly can’t wait. Sit down with your diary and make note of the fantastic shows that you must-see as we venture out of Winter and welcome Spring.

The new programme at the Royal Exchange Theatre is as diverse and inspiring as ever. We’re looking forward to seeing strong female characters take to the stage in The House of Bernada Alba in February. There’s a whole host of other brilliant productions on offer, so make sure you check out their full theatre schedule.

This January HOME welcomes Push Festival, an annual celebration of the North West’s most creative talents. Of the performances scheduled, we are most intrigued by Now Is The Moment We Learn Hope with Mighty Heart Theatre. In this work in progress, these two vibrant women explore exactly what it means to hope. For the full Push Festival brochure, please click here.

mighty-heartImage: Now Is The Moment We Learn Hope, Mighty Heart Theatre

Another festival arriving in Manchester early this year is SICK! Festival and their 2017 programme promises to be bold, honest and refreshing. Many of the festival’s theatre events will be hosted by Contact, The Lowry and HOME and with such a large number of performances taking place across the city, there’s no excuse not to attend.

In addition to the SICK! Festival programme, many other brilliant productions will grace the stage at The Lowry. We’re looking forward to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time later this month. This award winning novel has transformed into an award winning play and we’re glad to see that it’s returned to Salford Quays once again.

The Palace Theatre welcomes Sheridan Smith in the role of Fanny Brice when acclaimed musical Funny Girl arrives in February. After stepping into the character’s shoes in the West End, we’re eager to see Sheridan Smith light up the stage of Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

Greater Manchester’s smaller theatres will also deliver an extensive offering in the coming months. Embarking on her debut UK tour after sell out shows in New York and Shanghai, Apphia Campbell’s Black Is The Color Of My Voice arrives at the Waterside Arts Centre in March. This moving portrayal of Nina Simone has received rave reviews and we’re lucky that it’s landing in Manchester.

Image: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, The Lowry

Over in Bolton at the Octagon Theatre, Educating Rita has caught our eye. The Octagon has teamed up with Derby Theatre to bring this uplifting tale to life. Oldham Coliseum have an extensive Spring programme on offer. This month, we’ve been drawn to Mr Darcy Loses The Plot and Carmen. The former comes from the talented duo at Lip Service and the latter is a one-off performance from OperaUpClose. The two productions are very different in style, but both are worthy of your attention this season.

If you do end up booking tickets to any of the above, and we’re certain that you will, we would love to hear your thoughts and receive your reviews. You can tweet us, post on Facebook or send us over an email to

americanImage credit: Hetain Patel – American Man, Sick Festival

Title Image: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre