November Plays in Manchester

October has been a fantastic month for plays in Manchester.  November is quieter.

The month starts with Family Matters at Z-Arts, which ‘features five distinct takes on family life exploring the new realities of relationships to lay bare the undocumented 21st century household’.  The Royal Exchange has been showcasing each of the five monologues over the past week, and from what I saw this will be a thought provoking evening.  November 1st only.

Grounded comes to the Royal Exchange from 4th to 8th November and is my pick of November shows.  A female fighter pilot gets pregnant and ends up flying drones from a trailer near Las Vegas.  It is an incredibly moving monologue, beautifully written and, when I saw it at the Gate, perfectly performed.

Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love is on at the Kings Arms from 9th to 12th November.  It’s a favourite play, at an innovative venue and with a great director, so I’m expecting this to be good.

Frantic Assembly bring Othello to the Lowry from 18th to 29th October.  A very different take on the Shakespeare classic.  Part of a national tour that has had very positive reviews.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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