Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk, The Village and 2013's Manchester International Festival hit The Masque of Anarchy) plays the title role in Director Sarah Frankcom's take on Shakespeare's ultimate tale of madness and murder. Every Hamlet is defined by the actor. In this stripped back, fresh and fast-paced version, Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, a Hamlet for Manchester.
Hamlet | Royal Exchange | Thurs 11 Sept to Thurs 25 Oct | Tickets here
In 1997 a film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose took the world by storm; scooping two Oscars and three BAFTAs. This stage adaption (including live todgers) comes from Simon Beaufoy, the writer of the film, and award-winning director Roger Haines who took Calendar Girls to theatres across the country. Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick and Rupert Hill star.
Full Monty | Opera House | Thurs 11 Sept to Sat 20 Sept | Ticket offer here
A GAME OF SEVENS
International Ruggers for as little as £10 a ticket. England, Wales and Scotland line up against some of Europe's top teams in the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Spread over two days on Sat 13 to Sun 14 September, twelve European teams will battle it out in back-to-back rugby matches during the third leg of the tournament. The competition will conclude in Bucharest on September 20 and 21.
European Rugby Sevens Grand Prix | AJ Bell Stadium | Salford | Sat 13 & Sun 14 Sept | Tickets here
From Friday 12 to Sun 14 September, Chill Factore is to host the world’s first ever FIS European and British Indoor Mogul Championships. The International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned event will see Europe’s best and bravest skiers tackle the specially built course on the UK’s longest real-snow ski slope.
European and UK Mogul Championships | Chill Factore | Fri 12 to Sun 14 Sept | FREE | More here
20,000 Days on Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. This special preview of the film will be followed by an exclusive satellite event featuring special guests plus a performance by Cave.
20,000 Days On Earth & live satellite boradcast | Cornerhouse | Wed 17 Sept | 7pm | Tickets here
BOOKCASE OR BED?
Not one for those of a nervous disposition this. Famed architectural historian Jonathan Foyle (Time Team, Climbing Great Buildings) will be discussing the historical furniture of Chetham's Library - founded in 1653 it is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Foyle will be discussing timeless pieces and new discoveries, including one bookcase found to actually be a bed linked with Tudor King, Henry VII. Slow down Jon.
Jonathan Foyle Talk | Chetham's Library | Weds 17 September | 6.30pm | Tickets £5 with FREE WINE... FREE WINE | email email@example.com
MCR FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
2014 welcomes the seventeenth Manchester Food and Drink Festival, spanning twelve days from Thurs 18 Sept to Mon 29 Sept, the festival will again be plonking a 'little foodie neighbourhood' in Albert Square for the duration. On the menu this year will be: Thwaites Beer Festival, Taste of Malaysia Pavilion, Blue Pig Cocktail Lounge, Cheese and Chocolate festival, Eat Drink Dance Stage, Street Food Festival, the 100 Greatest Beer Bar, a cider festival, the Big Indie Wine Fest, and Gary Neville on the pans. No really, Gary Neville is doing a cook off. What will that man do next.
MFDF | Albert Square and other venues | Thurs 18 to Mon 29 Sept | More here
DJ YODA'S BREAKFAST CLUB
Over 150 applications submitted to take part in this one-off mammoth residency at Band on the Wall, and DJ Yoda and his team have now chosen 'what they believe to be some of the finest artists from across the country'. On Monday 15 September DJ Yoda will meet with thirteen of the selected musicians, vocalists and visual artists to work together over five intensive days to create a new and totally original performance live at Band on the Wall on Friday 19th September 9pm to 2am. A rare and distinctive performance.
DJ Yoda Presents: Breakfast of Champions | Band on the Wall | Fri 19 Sept | Doors 9pm | Tickets here
RAE OF SUNSHINE
This Blackpool-born singer-songwriter is teetering on the verge of the big leagues. With over two million youtube hits under her skirt, some big name collaborations including a performance on Jools Holland alongside Clean Bandit and headline slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals, this 21-year-old has had a pretty nifty 2014. Her debut album is due out in late-2014 to early-2015. Eyes on this one.
Rae Morris | Deaf Institute | Fri 19 Sept | 7.30pm | Tickets here (nearly sold out)
The last chance to see Collider, the Museum of Science and Industry's Large Hadron Collider exhibition, before it sets out on a three-year international tour of Europe, Asia and Australia. Collider (closing Sun 28 Sept) is the first major exhibition to transport visitors into the heart of the largest, most sophisticated scientific experiment of our time. More here.
Collider | MOSI | Until Sun 28 Sept | Tickets here
RAMMY GOES WILD
For one weekend a year, well, two if you include Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, the people from the West Pennine Moors valley town of Ramsbottom throw off the shackles and go ape shit on the hallowed ground of Ramsbottom Cricket Club. From Fri 19 to Sun 21 September Rammy Fest will be bringing an eclectic mix of international musicians, local talent, DJs, jugglers, cooks, brewers, artists, piss-artists and thespians. Highlights include British Sea Power, Levellers and Soul II Soul.
Ramsbottom Festival | Ramsbottom Cricket Ground | Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sept | Adult tickets from £26 here
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