Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical-comedy, Anything Goes sails into Manchester for nearly two weeks this Easter in a brand new production perfect for all the family.
This masterpiece of music and dance includes the songs I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De-Lovely and Anything Goes and features a cast of 26 including Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, One Man, Two Guv’nors), Kate Anthony (Coronation Street, Doctors), Simon Rouse (The Bill) and Olivier award nominees Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard, Chicago) and Matt Rawle (Evita, Martin Guerre).
With sassy heroines, mischievous mob bosses, comedy capers and tap dancing sailors it promises romance and hi-jinks on the high seas.
Box office: 0844 8713018 or www.atgtickets.com/manchester
Daphne du Maurier’s spellbinding classic Rebecca comes to life on stage in a new production from Kneehigh Theatre at the Lowry in Salford next week.
The book has been both a literary classic and an iconic Alfred Hitchcock film.
Following the mysterious death of his first wife, Maxim de Winter returns to Manderley with his new young bride. Surrounded by memories of the glamorous Rebecca, the new Mrs De Winter is consumed by jealousy.
She sets out to uncover the secrets of the house and a past fiercely guarded by the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers.
In this new production, Mrs Danvers is played by Emily Raymond, who trained at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Emily, who starred in the film Love Lies Bleeding alongside Faye Dunaway is the daughter of actor Gary Raymond.
She stars with Tristan Sturrock as Maxim de Winter. Tristan originated the roles of Alec in Brief Encounter and Tristan in Tristan & Yseult and has gone on to play both in the West End and across the UK, America and Australia.
The two are joined by Richard Clews, Katy Owen, Ewan Wardrop, Andy Williams, Lizzie Winkler and Imogen Sage as Mrs de Winter.
Kneehigh Theatre is one of the country’s most celebrated companies. Based in Cornwall, just a stone throw’s from du Maurier’s home, the company has grown from humble beginnings and has rightly carved a global reputation for their extraordinary shows.
It runs from Tuesday to Saturday with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees. Box Office: 0843 208 6000 or www.thelowry.com
An anarchic blend of Margaret Thatcher’s most famous speeches and the lyrics of every top ten hit sung by a woman in the 1980s . . . the unlikely combination for The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian.
Written and performed by Rachel Mars and Nat Tarrab, it starts a new UK tour at the Royal Exchange in Manchester next week.
With the impending election, Mars.tarrab revive their 2014 sell-out 80s themed hit, examining the female voice, politics, coming of age and power throughout the decade via a splicing of Margaret Thatcher speeches with lyrics from popular pop songs. Mars and Tarrab negotiate acrobatic feats, space hoppers and neon headbands to reflect on a troubled political landscape.
Rachel Mars’ background covers comedy, theatre and live art performances. Nat Tarrab is a visual and portrait artist. This is the third show the pair have co-written and performed.
It runs an hour and is not suitable for audiences under 13. Box office: 0161 833 9833 or www.royalexchange.co.uk
Manchester’s iconic Cornerhouse venue is to be ‘stormed’ in a final spectacular mass performance before move to its new HOME in the city.
Humberto Vélez’s mass participation artwork will take place in two parts on Saturday with audiences, artists, community groups and DJs from Manchester’s past and present club scenes taking part in a unique send off.
Multi-layered and incorporating themes from the venue’s cultural history, it is the final performance in an exhibition curated by Sarah Perks, artistic director of Visual Art and Film at Cornerhouse. The audience will be enveloped in the celebrations and swept up in the parade, with a cacophony of bikes, horns, voices and music.
HOME, Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film is a merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company and opens in May.