Shows at the­atre are a true de­light

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SPRING brings a wealth of drama to the Lowry The­atre, Sal­ford Quays.

First up is the English Tour­ing The­atre with The Weir, Conor McPher­son’s chill­ing, mod­ern clas­sic, win­ner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Em­bark­ing on a na­tional tour to mark its 20th an­niver­sary year, it will run from Tues­day, January 23 to Satur­day, January 27.

Royal Shake­speare Com­pany’s Ham­let has Si­mon God­win di­rect­ing ris­ing star Paapa Essiedu in the ti­tle role in a riv­et­ing, con­tem­po­rary take on Ham­let, Shake­speare’s sear­ing tragedy of mur­der and re­venge. It will be on stage from Fri­day, January 26, to Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 3.

Noel Coward’s Brief En­counter is re­mem­bered as one of the most haunt­ing love sto­ries.

With the char­ac­ter­is­tic wit and mu­si­cal­ity of Knee­high The­atre, di­rec­tor Emma Rice brings the joy and heartache of this time­less story to the stage from Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20, to Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

North­ern Broad­side’s witty adap­ta­tion of Dick­ens’ north­ern novel, Hard Times, is a touch­ing and of­ten hi­lar­i­ous tale of re­pres­sion and long­ing. The show will run from Tues­day, March 6, to Satur­day, March 10.

ART is the play that took both the West End and Broad­way by storm, a phe­nom­e­non and one of the most suc­cess­ful plays ever. See it at The Lowry from Monday, March 26, to Satur­day, March 31.

Mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War, Bird­song is the hit, crit­i­cally -ac­claimed stage show based on the world fa­mous novel by Se­bas­tian Faulks. A mes­meris­ing story of love and courage, it will be on from Wed­nes­day, April 3, to Satur­day, April 7.

Ter­ence Rati­gan’s The Winslow Boy, based on a real life event, is a coura­geous and of­ten del­i­cately hu­mor­ous win­dow into the class and po­lit­i­cal hypocrisy of the time, Monday, April 9, to Satur­day, April 14.

Juliet Steven­son and Lia Wil­liams trade the play’s cen­tral roles de­cided by the toss of a coin in the Almeida West End’s pro­duc­tion of Mary Stu­art. ‘Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the ex­e­cu­tion.’ See it from Tues­day, April 17, to Satur­day, April 21.

Na­tional The­atre and Head­long present This House, James Gra­ham’s crit­i­cally-ac­claimed play.

The show sees 1974’s gov­ern­ment hang­ing by a thread. In an era of chaos, both hi­lar­i­ous and shock­ing, Bri­tain’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties bat­tle to change the fu­ture of the na­tion, on from Tues­day, April 24, to Satur­day, April 28.

The dark un­der­world of Gra­ham Greene’s clas­sic novel, Brighton Rock, Is brought to life by Pi­lot The­atre & Week 53 in a new adap­ta­tion by ac­claimed writer Bry­ony Lav­ery. See it from Tues­day, May 22, to Satur­day, May 25.

For tick­ets, call the box of­fice on 0843 208 6000.

Poignant. Al­though it was a line cre­ated al­most by chance we can at least say we were re­cep­tive to hear­ing it and ac­cept­ing it

●●Le­an­dear in con­cert

●●Paapa Essiedu in Ham­let at the Lowry

●●Juliet Steven­son and Lia Wil­liams in Mary Stewart

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