What’s On in Manchester - May 2013

The Trench

The Trench - Credit: Archant

May 1st-June 1st

A DOLL’S HOUSE

Nora, a young wife and mother is married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. Life seems content and settled until their marriage is threatened by a terrible secret from Nora’s past.

Royal Exchange 0844 815 4873

Until May 4th

ABIGAIL’S PARTY

After a triumphant West End run, this acclaimed revival of one of the most popular plays ever written arrives in Salford

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Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 5th

CLOUD CHILD

It’s a windy day – perfect for hanging out the washing. But there’s a surprise on the clothes line… a child from the sky is caught up with the sheets! Found by a lonely woman when hanging out her washing.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 5th

MELANIE SAFKA

Best known for the song Brand New Key (aka the Rollerskate Song) and her cover of the Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday, Melanie Safka is a bona fide flower child and songwriting icon.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 6th-11th

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Prepare to be transported into a terrifying and ghostly world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. In the theatre, everyone can hear you scream!

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 7th- 11th

THE BLUES BROTHERS...APPROVED

Otherwise known as The Blues Brothers. They’re back and on a mission! Direct from a residency in Chicago and a US national tour

Opera House 0844 871 7660

May 7th-9th

THE MRS CARTER SHOW – BEYONCE

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring Beyoncé promises to be her most ambitious undertaking to date and will feature chart-topping hits from her best-selling albums I Am . . . Sasha Fierce, 4, B’day and 2003’s debut Dangerous In Love.

MEN Arena 0844 847 2277

May 7th-11th

I WAS A RAT

Brought to life on the professional stage for the first time, Philip Pullman’s moving and darkly comic fantasy adventure will surprise and delight audiences of all ages.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 13th

NOAH AND THE WHALE

The fantastic Noah & The Whale are coming to the Manchester Opera House. The band are best known for their Top 10 single 5 Years Time.

Opera House 0844 871 7660

May 14th

ERIC CLAPTON

Eric Clapton, fantastic guitarist and singer songwriter famed for his many songs including I shot The Sheriff, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Lay Down Sally, Cocaine and Layla.

MEN Arena 0844 847 2277

May 14th-18th

SWEENEY TODD

Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, this grisly musical by Stephen Sondheim mixes intense drama with dark humour.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 14th-15th

SUTRA

This collaboration between dancer-choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Turner Prize-winning sculptor Antony Gormley, is at once deeply hypnotic, playful and breathtakingly athletic.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 16th-17th

BILL BAILEY

This show has all the classic Bill Bailey elements, trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs, films, songs, philosophizing and silliness on a grand scale… Plus one amazing owl.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

May 21st-June 5th

DIRTY DANCING

YES - IT’S BACK... Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Palace Theatre 0844 871 7660

May 22nd

THE BEARDS

Coming over to the UK from Australia the formidable prospect that is the Beards will be coming to The Deaf Institute this month.

They have a huge cult following and sit somewhere between Tenacious D, The Darkness and ZZ Top.

The Adelaide bunch consists of Johann Beardraven, John Beardman Jr, Nathaniel Beard and Facey McStublington who have spent the last few years relentlessly touring performing in Alaska at the World Beard and Moustache Championship’s opening ceremony – natch.

Deaf institute 0161276 9350

May 22nd

THE TRENCH

Inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he discovers another world beneath the mud and death.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

June 1st

ALFIE BROWN

Following a sell out success at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, the observational comedian makes his debut appearance at The Lowry.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873