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XMAS – Wishing you a Merry Mancunian Christmas!

Check out our top 5 picks for festive fun in Manchester this December

This week: 10 – 16 December

It’s the final countdown, and we’re looking beyond the shopping frenzy for some wholesome fun

“O heavenly mingle!”

Antony & Cleopatra has scooped awards and wowed critics – now this love story of historic proportions is hitting cinemas as part of NT Live on 6th December

This week: 03 - 09 December

It’s early December, and there’s so much to do… just make sure having FUN is high on your list!

"When Brexit's over? Oh I’ll be dead."

We caught up with political satirist Matt Forde to talk about his (daily updating...) new tour

This week: 26 - 02 December

Our top picks this week include Christmas craft, witch craft, fairy tales and Love Actually with a live orchestra.

XMAS – The Best of Christmas in Brighton

Skate in front of the pavilion, get yourself to the panto and even take a freezing dip on Christmas Day

There's Method to his Madness

Mark Gatiss dons crown – and straitjacket – for the infamous title role in 'The Madness of George III' at Nottingham Playhouse, which audiences can catch nationwide as part of NT Live on Tuesday 20th November

This week: 19 - 25 November

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas… (but not too much - we promise)

Harry & Chris Save the World: an interview with Harry Baker

“Poetry and maths are both about trying to figure stuff out, and using what you know to make sense of what you don’t”

Where Are We Now? Camille O’Sullivan interview

We caught up with the Irish-French performer ahead of her tour.

Billionaire Boy: interview with Luke Sheppard

We speak to the director of the new musical adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling book.

Once more for the Road: Catherine Dyson interview

The writer/performer talks about her new show

This week: 12 - 18 November

Here comes your weekly round-up, and it's packing a punch!

Armistice Day 100 years

Find events to commemorate and learn about the end of World War One.

Ballet Black UK tour

Catch the pioneering dance company at venues across England throughout November

This week: 05 - 11 November

This week’s culture scene is full of food for thought, inspired by science, nature and history

“It was a fascinating journey of discovery…”

We caught up with Alexander Whitley to find out about his latest work “8 minutes”, a choreographic space odyssey inspired by solar imagery and created in collaboration with IF Oxford and STFC RAL Space.

“I can guarantee that no part of this show is true"

We chatted to provocative performer and writer Pariah Khan, about his debut one-man show “An Indian Abroad” which hits the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol later this month.

“Art and life imitating each other”

We chatted to Director Richard Twyman, about English Touring Theatre’s latest production of Othello, which re-analyses the classic play through the lens of religion and spirituality.

“Even in war, blessed are the piss takers”

We took a look at Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play “The Wipers Times”, a quick witted, comical exploration of the satirical newspaper that took the trenches by storm, and encouraged all to laugh in the face of adversity.

Sometimes you’ve got to be a little bit naughty…

After spending 6 years in the West End, multi-award winning Matilda the Musical is returning to its regional roots by doing a UK and Ireland Tour through 2018 and 2019.

“You want to come up with a universal Trunch for everybody"

Today is Roald Dahl Day, and as we speak, Miss. Trunchbull, the headmistress we’re glad we never had, is making her way across the country for the UK Tour of Matilda! We chatted to Craige Els who plays Trunch about what it’s like to be the iconic villain!

“To torture yourself like this is a luxury.”

The latest play to grace the stage of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre is “Julie” starring Vanessa Kirby. But you don’t need to be in London to see this exploration of decadence and self-sabotage, it’s being screened around the UK on 6 September!

“On the threshold between life and death”

We chatted to Mark Espiner, a Director from collaborative theatre company Sound&Fury about their immersive sound installation Charlie Ward, which places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital.

“A Defiant Flippancy”: An Interview with George Kemp

We chatted to actor George Kemp about his role in “The Wipers Times” a comedic play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman about a satirical magazine set up in the WW1 trenches.

A Culture Vulture’s Guide to Coventry

With Coventry being the next City of Culture in 2021 we thought it was high time we rounded up some of the city’s cultural hot-spots.

The Original Mail-Order Bride!

Learn about the intense orchestration and political manoeuvring behind King Henry VIII marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in a new play “The Court Must Have a Queen” performed at Hampton Court Palace over the summer!

"An autobiography doesn't have to be nostalgic"

Wayne McGregor, the UK’s very own scientist choreographer, has created a dance interpretation of his own DNA. We checked out his “Autobiography” at Sadler’s Wells before it heads to the Edinburgh International Festival later this month.

“Happiness has got to be paid for”

Following their adaptation of the renowned totalitarian regime in Orwell’s 1984 at the Oxford Mathematical Institute last year, Creation Theatre take on another dystopian novel in their adaption of Brave New World at Oxford’s Westgate Centre.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

We can’t think of any better way to spend an evening than relaxing in a park watching great theatre. So, we headed to Cambridge Shakespeare Festival to check out their rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in King’s College Gardens.

An Interview with Cabaret Star Melinda Hughes

We caught up with Melinda Hughes before she heads to Edinburgh with MARGO, her one woman show that explores the life of one of Weimar Berlin’s famous cabaret stars, and aims to show cabaret isn’t just about being lewd and nude.

Theatre

Touring blockbusters, innovative fringe shows and national festivals, you expect to find the best of UK theatre right here. Wherever you’re are and whatever you fancy, Culture Calling aim to help you find the must see shows to catch. We’ll always include a varied mix, so you can either go for something you know you’ll like or push the boat out and get inspired by something new – the choice is yours. 
 

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