PETER JAMES' DEAD SIMPLE | Opera House | Mon 2 - Sat 7 Mar
Best-selling writer, Peter James, returns to the stage with the adaptation of his most popular book to date, Dead Simple. Directed by Olivier-Award winner Ian Talbot, with an all-star cast including Tina Hobley (Holby City), Jamie Lomas and Gray O'Brien (Coronation Street, Titanic, Peak Practice, Casualty) who will play famous Detective Roy Grace in this gripping and chilling thriller.
BLOOD BROTHERS | Palace Theatre | Until 14 Mar
The abiding Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
COPPÉLIA | The Lowry | Wed 4 - Sat 7 Mar
Peter Wright’s five-star production of this joyous and witty ballet is an ever-popular celebration of love. Eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius plans to bring his mechanical doll, Coppélia, to life – he just needs the right spell. When he leaves Coppélia on his workshop balcony, she’s soon causing quite a stir in the village. Comic chaos is soon riotously unleashed when humans and automatons collide in Dr Coppélius’s spooky toyshop.
THE ERADICATION OF SCHIZOPHRENIA IN WESTERN LAPLAND | The Lowry | Wed 11 - Thu 12 Mar
Mediterranean roasted vegetables, Finnish folk and Adolf Hitler all feature in this new Ridiculusmus work, inspired by a treatment method for psychosis.
OMID DJALILI | Opera House | Fri 13 - Sat 14 Mar
The British-Iranian comedian is back with new stand-up act Iranalamadingdong. A firm and lovable favourite, Omid have bagged multiple stand-up awards.
WHAT THE BODY DOES NOT REMEMBER | The Lowry | Fri 13 - Sat 14 Mar
Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch received the prestigious Bessie Award in 1987 for this brutal confrontation of dance and music. 28 years later and with a new cast, the show still stands as one of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made.
JOHN COOPER CLARKE | Apollo | Sat 21 Mar
Salford lad John Cooper Clarke's biting, satirical, political and very funny verse delivered in his rapid-fire performance style resonated with the late-70s punk movement. Three decades on and Cooper-Clarke now draws huge crowds wherever he performs.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY | Opera House | Sun 22 Mar
Back by overwhelming public demand, this award-winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
ANNA KARENINA | Royal Exchange | Thu 26 Mar - 2 May
Anna is the envy of St. Petersburg society. Glamorous and admired, but locked in a loveless marriage, her sudden and passionate love affair with Count Vronsky turns her world on its head and puts at risk everything she has ever known. Olivier-nominated director Ellen McDougall makes her Royal Exchange debut with this stripped-back and contemporary version of one of Tolstoy's greatest novels.
THE KING'S SPEECH | Opera House | Mon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr
At an office in Harley Street, London, Bertie and his wife Elizabeth (the future much-loved Queen Mother) meet with maverick Australian speech therapist and failed actor, Lionel Logue. Jason Donovan stars as Logue in a powerful dramatic role.
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