May Theatre

What looks good in May?

The big event for May is the opening of HOME.  The first full production is The Funfair, Simon Stephens’ new version of Kasimir and Karoline by Ödön von Horváth, and directed by Walter Meierjohann, which runs from 14 May to 13 Jun.  The main theatre is a truly fantastic space and this promises to be a production to remember.  Read my first impressions here.

New Dawn Fades is a play that looks at the links between Tony Wilson, Joy Division and Manchester’s history and is on at various venues through May, including MADS Theatre Macclesfield (8/9 May), Bury Met (20 May) and the Dancehouse on Oxford Road (22 May).

After an erratic season at the Royal Exchange, Told by an Idiot bring their new production The Ghost Train, which runs from 14 May to 20 June.  The company’s previous work has been stunning so expect great things.

The Ancient Secret of Youth and the Five Tibetans from Bolton’s Jim Cartwright will have its world premiere at the Octagon Theatre Bolton, and has to be worth checking out.  From 30 April to 23 May.

Len Johnson Fighter is the story of the greatest British middleweight never to be champion, and had exceptional reviews at last year’s GM Fringe.  It’s on at Bolton Octagon 20-21 May and King’s Arms 11-13 May.  Also for an interesting venue check out The Call of Nature at King’s Arms Vaults (18-24 May).

Finally, I’m a big fan of MMU’s Capitol Theatre and Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hour Glass looks interesting, from 13 to 16 May.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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