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Theatres Re-Opening Across the North

Holly Eliza Temple

With cinemas, theatres and galleries to re-open their doors on 17th May, we can expect a packed programme of much-needed showstoppers to see us through the summer. With innovative open-air theatres and cosy indoor auditoriums scattered across the north of England, we’ve rounded up five must-book venues. 
 
 
HOME Manchester
 
Manchester’s much-loved performance and arts centre on Tony Wilson Place, HOME will open an outdoor theatre and entertainment venue this month – HOMEGROUND. From cabaret to comedy, from stonebaked pizza to a good coffee, HOMEGROUND will have everything you would expect, and more, for a classic theatre outing in the open air. Sensational alien duo Bourgeois and Maurice return to HOME for a one night performance, followed by a reimagined Midsummer Night’s Dream showing throughout June. Look out for fresh new performances like Queeriosity (20th June) and Take Back our Future: Ten Takes on How to be an Ally (28th June). 
 
 
Leeds Grand Theatre
 
Leeds Heritage Theatres looks after Leeds Grand Theatre, Hyde Park Picture House and City Varieties Music Hall, ensuring that Leeds remains a diverse centre for connection, talent and performance through its historic venues. Leeds Grand Theatre makes a comeback with Northern Ballet’s retelling of Swan Lake, sure to be a showstopping visual and auditory experience – with Tchaikovsky’s original score played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Then comes a quintessentially British musical with a twist: SIX, which gives Henry VIII’s wives centre-stage to tell their stories.  You can view the full programme for Leeds Heritage Theatres here.
 
 
Sheffield Theatres
 
Sheffield Theatres consists of the Crucible, the Crucible Studio and the Lyceum theatre, making up the biggest regional theatre complex outside London. Re-opening this month, the Crucible Theatre brings us a diverse range of new performances, such as one-woman show Per-So-Na by Kafayat Adegoke, followed by The Ballad of Mulan performed by Michelle Yim. We can also expect theatrical favourites like Chicago from the Lyceum Theatre in June, with cult classics Hairspray and Heathers to follow. Browse the full programme here.
 
 
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
 
Chester’s open-air theatre at Grosvenor Park begins its new season on 29th May with The Jungle Book, followed by Merry Wives of Windsor and Pride and Prejudice. The energetic programme runs until 30th August, so there’s time to return for all three shows in the North of England’s favourite Victorian park. With ticket prices starting at £28 and performances from 12:30pm to 7:00pm, it’s the perfect excuse to pack a picnic and plan a family day out to look forward to this summer.
 
 
York Theatre Royal
 
Set in the rich, historic city of York, York Theatre Royal began in the 1700s and has been supporting performance and artistic talent ever since. The beautifully conserved building re-opens with Love Bites on 17thMay, an exploration of love letters presented in five minute performances – tickets for these performances are Pay What You Feel. The programme continues with productions suitable for theatregoers of any experience, such as Crafty Tales or The Snail and the Whale. We’re looking forward to A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by six York schools, and the electrifying Love is Love: A Brief History of Drag.  

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