The Best Theatre Shows in Manchester: October 2018

Autumn is really kicking off in theatres across Manchester and with so many to choose from you will probably be quite fearful that you’ll miss out.

Matilda
Palace Theatre
Until Saturday 24th November
We all loved the book, we all adored the film, so what about the musical? Well if the quite superb and whimsical Tim Minchin isn’t enough to entice you, then let the musical speak for itself and go see it now!

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Queen Margaret
Royal Exchange Theatre
Until Saturday 6th October
Made with the original Shakespeare text, this re-telling of the war of the roses will keep you captivated until the last word.

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Macbeth
The Lowry
Running until Saturday 6th October
The National Theatre bring you the timeless Macbeth and it’s more brutal and raw than any other production you’ve probably witnessed before.

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Cirkopolis
Opera House
Saturday 6th October
For one night only see the dazzling Montreal-based troupe push the boundaries with visuals and audio with their spellbinding circus show.

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Macbeth: Directors Cut
Sale Waterside
Tuesday 9th – Wednesday 10th October
Volcano Theatre Productions have re-invented Shakespeare’s pacy, eloquent tragedy; creating an arresting, untraditional play with powerful performances, striking design and sensory surprises. They’ve stripped back action and character to zoom in on the dynamics of the killer couple, tracking their murderous ambitions, escalating anxieties and disintegrating bonds against a backdrop of sensual pleasure and normalized violence.

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Death of Salesman
Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 11th October – Saturday 17th November
After his magnificent performance as King Lear, Don Warrington is back onstage at the Royal Exchange portraying Willy Loman in the Arthur Miller classic.

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English National Ballet – Manon
Opera House
Wednesday 17th October – Saturday 20th October
Now this a treat and only running for three days so do not miss out. The English National Ballet present Manon and it’s only the second time you can see it outside of London in the last 30 years!

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Let It Be
Opera House
Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th October
Well we all know that we can’t ever experience The Beatles quite like it was, but this play straight out of the West End might be the next best thing at least. A concert packed with a 40 year back catalogue, now there’s a fun night all round.

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Greyhounds
Kings Arms, Salford
Tuesday 23rd October
Entwining Shakespeare’s Henry V with the trials and tribulations of small village life during World War Two, Greyhounds explores the impact of the war on a peaceful pocket of the country and its most ordinary of inhabitants.

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Othello
Oldham Coliseum
Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th October
More Shakespeare now with Othello in Oldham, brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

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Sentinel
Sale Waterside
Thursday 25th October
Part of Manchester Science Festival, Sentinel is a mix of lush synths, electro-rhythms, live vocals, data art, laser lighting & video – all inspired by themes of climate change and forced migration. Conceived and composed by Richard Evans, it is a multi-sensory journey through the present and future effects of global warming, creating a layered perspective on the planet’s most urgent issue.

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Rebus: Long Shadows
Opera House
Tuesday 30th October – Saturday 3rd November
Ian Rankin’s novel brought to life on stage, so expect a thrilling whodunit that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.

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