What’s On in Manchester - October 2013

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange - Credit: Archant

A round up of the top events in Manchester this month

October 2nd

An Evening With Petula Clarke

In an incredible career spanning seven decades, Petula Clark is a true international superstar. She cut her first record in 1949 and has become one of the best selling British female artists in history.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 4th

the johnny cash roadshow

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The Johnny Cash Roadshow is an experience not to be missed . This year prepare for a musical adventure unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of music legend, Johnny Cash.

Opera House 0844 871 7660

October 4th and 5th

Stewart Lee

The acclaimed writer and comedian returns to present a mixed bag of unrelated ideas in preparation for his 2014 TV series.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 4th

Brian Appleton

From the creator of John Shuttleworth comes Selly Oak’s most bitter man-rock musicologist and part-time lecturer in Media studies - Brian Appleton.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 9th-10th

russell Brand

Controversial, yet hugely popular comedian and movie star Russell Brand comes to the Apollo with his brand new tour Messiah Complex also featuring Jesus Christ, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler!

Apollo Theatre 0844 847 2277

October 8th-9th

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back in this ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before - packed with laughter, really wild sound effects, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names.

Opera House 0844 871 7660

October 9th-10th

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best, mischief- joyously bad behaviour with a purpose.

Dancehouse 0844 815 4873

October 9th-11th


Including a spectacular UK première and a masterpiece first performed by the legendary Ballets Russes - Rambert returns to The Lowry with a sensational programme of outstanding theatre.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 11th

Ellen Kent’s Nabucco

Verdi’s Nabucco - with the famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. Back with the very first opera she ever produced, Ellen Kent brings Nabucco to life in this lavish new production of Verdi’s epic tale, starring international soloists.

Opera House 0844 871 7660

October 12th

Ellen Kent’s Aida

Verdi’s Aida - the grandest of all operas. Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring international soloists, this brand new production brings the hot, dusty plains and dramatic grandeur of ancient Egypt to the stage in Verdi’s classic love story of war, jealousy and revenge.

Opera House 0844 871 7660

Until October 12th

Educating Rita

Touching, life-affirming and very, very funny, Willy Russell’s intimate comedy with big ideas and an even bigger heart is a gem of British theatre.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

Until October 12th


The intimate atmosphere of the Coliseum’s auditorium lets you get up close and personal to the murder, mayhem and music. And what music - All That Jazz, Roxie Mister Cellophane and Razzle Dazzle are among the fantastic musical numbers on stage.

Oldham Coliseum 0844 815 4873

October 13th

Neil Gaiman

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear cult author Neil Gaiman read and talk about his new children’s novel, Fortunately, the Milk. This family friendly event is suitable for children aged 7+.

Dancehouse 0844 815 4873

October 14th-19th

Go Back For Murder

Now in its eighth thrilling year, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company presents a production of the queen of crime’s classic Go Back For Murder.

Opera House 0844 871 7660

October 15th-19th


Following a sell-out run at the National Theatre, Alan Bennett’s acclaimed new comedy arrives at The Lowry

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 17th-18th

2Faced Dance Company: Out of Her Skin

The all-male company bring an unpredictable, fierce and tender piece about one man searching for the next high, the next hit, the next big thing,

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 21st-25th

A Clockwork Orange

This electrifying, all-male, testosterone-filled physical theatre ‘horror show’ exquisitely captures the spirit of Burgess’ literary classic.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 25th-26h

An Evening With Bryan Ferry

UK superstar and musical icon Bryan Ferry performs an eclectic selection of songs chosen from across his whole career to celebrate his 40 years as a singer and songwriter.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

Until October 26th

All My Sons

A searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. The play was Arthur Miller’s first success, establishing him as a leading voice in theatre.

Royal Exchange Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 27th

Jamie Cullum

Having sold over 10 million records, performed sold out tours across the globe and worked on a variety of unique projects with a range of artists from Stevie Wonder to Pharrell, Jamie Cullum arrives at The Lowry in support of his latest album, Momentum.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 28th

Sir Alex Ferguson

To coincide with the release of Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography he will be taking a series of “in conversation with” events at various venues around the UK.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873

October 30th

Brit Floyd

Musically perfect and visually awesome, the new show recreates the legendary, enigmatic Pink Floyd in its many forms, from ‘60s psychedelic pop band to ‘80s stadium-straddling behemoth

Bridgewater Hall 0844 815 2277