September Theatre in Manchester

So after the quiet of August (unless you were fortunate to spend the month in Edinburgh), Manchester’s theatre comes back to life in September.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Paines Plough’s Roundabout heads to the Lowry for six days from 15-20 September.  There’s a mix of established theatre and new writing, but the venue is worth visiting just to experience the space.

HOME‘s first year continues with Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).  This touring production had amazing reviews in Liverpool and Bristol last year and looks spectacular.  The Guardian (1 July 14) described it as ‘Swapping 18th-century street ballads for ska and dubstep, Kneehigh’s reworking of The Beggar’s Opera is bright, bold and curiously timeless’.  One not to miss, from 11-26 September..

At the Royal Exchange, The Crucible opens on 18 September.  A View from the Bridge in 2011 was one of the best plays I have seen at the Exchange; here’s hoping that the Crucible lives up to that.  In the Studio, a 2013 Bruntwood prize winner, Luke Norris, brings So Here We Are, starting on 24 September.  How will this compare to the superb Yen, from fellow winner Anna Jordan?

As the Bolton Octagon enters an exciting new phase with the appointment of Elizabeth Newman as Artistic Director, her first production of the season is Bill Naughton’s The Family Way, ‘a funny and intimate portrayal of life, family, and love in 1960s Bolton’.  From 4 September.

Flow Salford is on from 25-27 September at (so far) the Lowry Studio and the Kings Arms, but expect more venues closer to the date.  Flow Salford describes itself as a weekend showcase of the vast, the varied and the very new theatre being made in Salford today.  

And if you want to brush up on George Orwell’s 1984 in advance of Northern Ballet coming to the Palace in October, Oldham Coliseum/ALRA’s theatre production tours to various venues in the North West and, on the strength of past ALRA performances, could be well worth seeing.  Various venues 8-9 and 14-17 September.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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