April Theatre in Manchester

Contact‘s summer season looks fascinating despite being hastily arranged on account of the redevelopment programme being put back to the end of the year.  Watch out for The Lounge (20/21 April), looking at the topical issue of ageing, and Offside (21-22 April), turning the spotlight on women’s football and featuring the words of the amazing Hollie McNish, who has just won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.

Two stagings of classical literature appear worth seeing.  At the Lowry, Jane Eyre transfers from a critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre in 2015/16 (from 8-15 April).  At Bolton Octagon, a new adaptation of Anne Brontë’s  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall plays until 22 April.

At the Lowry studio, Hush Hush returns on 21 April.  Pay What You Decide, expect the unexpected.

In the Royal Exchange studio, How My Light Is Spent (24 April – 13 May) showcases one of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize winners.  When I watched this award I wrote in my programme ‘being unemployed has been demonised’ and ‘half dialogue, half narrative’.  Looking forward to this.

At HOME, do not miss Letters to Windsor House from Sh!t Theatre (19-21 April), which was one of may favourite shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe (review here) and looks at the housing crisis in London.

Other shows at smaller venues that could be worth seeing include Ghost From a Perfect Place (Unnamed Theatre, Kings Arms 18-20 April), Moth (Ransack Theatre, Hope Mill, 13-22 April) and Ventoux (Waterside Arts Centre, 20 April).

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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