Adapted and Directed by Jeremy Sams
Based on the television series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
Remember the Goods – Tom and Barbara, suburban eco-warriors? And their next-door neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, desperately trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo?
Well, they’re back – and on stage for the first time in The Good Life, a theatrical reimagining of the TV sitcom that delighted countless millions, starring award-winning actor, presenter and comedian Rufus Hound as Tom and West End, television and film star Preeya Kalidas as Margo.
Jeremy Sams’s comedy leads the well-loved characters through uproarious adventures; some old, some new and often hilariously familiar.
This new play celebrates a time when, whatever our differences, we still managed to get on with our neighbours.
Rufus Hound’s extensive list of stage credits include the original West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, One Man Two Guvnors and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Preeya Kalidas’s film, stage and television credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Bombay Dreams and EastEnders. Jeremy Sams’s directing credits include the National Theatre’s West End and Broadway revival of Noises Off, the West End musical Spend, Spend, Spend, the international tour of The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! at Chichester Festival Theatre.
For more than thirty years, John Esmonde and Bob Larbey’s writing partnership was acclaimed for creating some of British sitcom’s greatest classics including Ever Decreasing Circles, Please Sir!, Brush Strokes and Mulberry.
Producer Fiery Angel’s numerous West End productions include Touching The Void; Hairspray; Home, I’m Darling; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; The Ladykillers; Ghost Stories; Mary Stuart and the inaugural West End season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Their production of The 39 Steps has been presented worldwide, winning Olivier, Tony and Molière Awards.
Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, and in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be injured. If any of that sounds familiar, chances are you’re a woman.
Join writer and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez for a discussion of the gender bias that affects our everyday lives. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media, Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences. An impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world all illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the profound impact this has on us all.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Caroline in person about the research behind her Sunday Times number 1 bestseller book, as well as her wider work as a writer, broadcaster and feminist campaigner.
‘Revelatory – it should be required reading for policy and decision makers everywhere’ Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
‘HELL YES. This is one of those books that has the potential to change things – a monumental piece of research’ Caitlin Moran
‘Revelatory, frightening, hopeful. A secular Bible’ Jeanette Winterson
‘It took the writer and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez to reveal the true extent of the man’s world we live in. What makes Invisible Women so compelling is the mountain of data she draws on. Data, it turns out, matters... The pervasiveness of the problem is staggering... this is a brilliant exposé that deservedly won the Royal Society science book prize.’ Guardian, Best science, nature and ideas books of 2019
Suggested duration of visit: 1 hour. Please note: The galleries close at 5pm. As such, visitors should only book the 4:30pm timed-entry if they are happy to experience the exhibition in a reduced 30 minute session. Thank you.
Please take a look at our FAQs in advance of your visit. – www.thelowry.com/coronavirus
Anna likes things to keep things clean and tidy, but her neat world is turned upside down when she is magically transported to the rainforest and discovers wonders she’s never seen before.
A mischievous bunch of wild animals take her on a journey through the jungle of her dreams. But when her new home is put in danger, can she let go and become the wild Tarzanna she needs to be in order to save her newfound friends?
Tarzanna is a playful aerial theatre show for all the family to enjoy. Watch the performers climb, jump and swing through the air.
Tarzanna is an aerial theatre show for 3-8 year olds. The show delights young audiences as they are taken on a journey into a magical world through playful aerial storytelling, original music, moments of interactive fun, puppetry and acrobatic brilliance.
The show is nonverbal and is therefore suitable for deaf audiences and audiences who do not speak English. Tarzanna was originally commissioned by and performed at Derby Festé and has since toured the UK.
Château Ghoul is East Yorkshire's go-to boutique hotel offering themed weekends.
Our hosts Brian and Brenda Binns or B&B as they are known introduce a cornucopia of events: their supernatural sensation - Psychic Attraction, (like Fatal Attraction but without the rabbit), their Upcycling weekend, (not to be confused with the Tour de Yorkshire Lycra Festival), and the ever popular 1970’s Shanga Langa Waddy Ding Dong experience.
Guaranteed fun for all the family, the only trouble is – the guests keep dying...
This latest comedy from award winning LipService combines live on stage hilarity with stunning digital projections to create a multimedia haunted house thriller.
World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo makes mad music with his mouth. Become one of this sonic superhero’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!
“Mesmerising!” ★★★★★ Primary Times
“Staggering!” ★★★★★ Families Edinburgh
“Super Mega Awesome” ★★★★★ Deadline News
“Joyous...the parents were having just as good a time as their kids” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com
“Outrageously talented” ★★★★ The List Edinburgh
“A perfect show… sets young imaginations alight” ★★★★ The Times
Family favourite Groove Baby comes to The Lowry with an exciting, jazz and funk fuelled show especially for 3 - 7s and their grown-ups!
Groove Into the Woods is an animated and live-action magical, musical adventure which follows three friends into a fairytale forest where they learn some important lessons about who you can trust, who your friends are and which troll might eat you!
Specially designed to be a midpoint between kid shows and ‘regular’ adult concerts, this show has something for everyone (in the kingdom).
Blending jungle rhythms, infectious pop themes, and a heavy dose of 60s Blue Note soul jazz, the Groove Baby Organ Trio creates a non-stop groove that will have everyone on their feet.
The duration of this show is approx. 55 minutes. Suitable for children ages 3 – 7 and their grown-ups.
Top price tickets (£37.00) include a copy of Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life by Alan Coming (RRP £18.99)
An Audience with Alan Cumming: Tales from a Fully Packed Life.
Join multi-award-winning actor and Sunday Times bestselling author Alan Cumming, as he celebrates the publication of his new book, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life.
Live in conversation for these exclusive events, Alan, with the help of some very special guest interviewer (to be announced), will take you on a startingly honest, poignant, and joyous roller-coaster of a ride as he shares stories from his extraordinary life. From a troubled childhood on a remote Scottish estate to his early days as a Blue Jeans photo-story model, from becoming a Tony and Olivier award-winning theatre actor to making back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls; from Golden Globe, and Emmy Award nominated television actor, to social justice activist and LGBTQI+ advocate.
Through everything he has lived – each failed relationship or struggle with mental health, each exhilarating professional triumph, or friendship with legendary star (Liza Minnelli, Gore Vidal, Stanley Kubrick and more) – Alan will explore how each experience – good or bad – has shaped who he is today: a happy, flawed, vulnerable, fearless, middle-aged man, with a lot of baggage.
Joyous, honest, and wise, these events promise to celebrate the messiness of life with Alan’s signature storytelling and humour.
Presented by Fane in association with Canongate
Image Credit Josh Going
A dancer of extraordinary power and grace, Dickson Mbi summons multiple identities in this mesmerising solo performance inspired by a life-changing journey to his ancestral home in Cameroon.
The symbolic presence of a two-headed snake, the tiger whose roar vibrated as part of a funeral ritual, the knowing touch of a blind elder … it was these unnerving encounters that profoundly affected the London choreographer during a recent trip to his family’s village. They have all brought him closer to the animistic practices of his African heritage and to the mystical place where they meet with his modern East End upbringing.
Enowate, meaning ‘truth stands’, draws on sinuous elements of hip hop and contemporary dance in combination with original music and otherworldly animated projections. In asking the relatable question, ‘who am I?’, he connects with enigmatic forces to reveal himself and emerge from the shadows.
Looking for your child’s first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation in dance with Contemporary Technique?
The Northwest Dance Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Open Contemporary Dance Class are held on Wednesdays at The Lowry from October 2021 for participants from the age of 6-11 years old.
A fun and insightful experience into the exciting world of dance taught by our excellent, engaging CAT Tutors.
Our open contemporary dance classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance. Email CAT@thelowry.com should you have any questions
With his first stand up tour since the release of internationally acclaimed feature film - ‘Benjamin’ and Netflix Special ‘Set Free’, Simon Amstell brings ‘Spirit Hole’ to a theatre near you.
‘Spirit Hole’ is a blissful, spiritual, sensational exploration of love, sex, shame, mushrooms and more. If you yearn for a night of unprecedented joy and laughter book now and avoid regret.
‘Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous’. The New York Times.
'Set Free'* is a masterclass in the soul-searching, abject comedy that has come to define a generation. VICE
‘The real deal’. The Guardian
Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd
There is no age restriction but show is recommended 15+
Looking for your first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation in dance with Contemporary Technique and creative exploration?
The Northwest Dance Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Open Contemporary Dance Classes for 11-17 year olds are held on Thursdays at The Lowry from September 30th 2021
A fun and insightful experience into the exciting world of dance taught by our excellent, engaging CAT Tutors.
Our open contemporary dance classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance. Email CAT@thelowry.com should you have any questions.
20/20 - BRAND NEW STAND-UP SHOW
Following overwhelming demand additional dates have been added for 2021
Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour yet. Having filled venues across the country including The Newcastle Metro Arena (twice) don’t miss your chance to catch him live on stage while you can.
His stand-up special ‘Approval Needed’ is available to stream on Amazon Prime now and alongside his wife Rosie he is also the co-host of the no.1 hit podcast Shagged. Married. Annoyed.
Downloaded a phenomenal 43 million times to date, Chris and Rosie won the Global Award’s Best Podcast Award, and British Podcast Award Listeners Choice in 2020, their brand new book launched in autumn 2020 reaching number one on both Amazon and the Sunday Times Best Seller charts.
“A brilliantly engaging natural storyteller”
“Spinning blokey pub banter and unpretentious patter into stand-up gold”
The Guardian Guide
“Engaging and incisive”
The Independent on Sunday
To celebrate the release of their highly anticipated new album ‘Something to Leave the House For’, and fresh of the back of their sold out performance at the O2 Ritz, Lottery Winners team up with The Untold Orchestra to deliver a magical, once in a lifetime audio experience.
In the setting of the prestigious and beautiful Lowry Theatre, the band and a 10 piece orchestra plus a choir will play a feature length set not to be missed.
All £17.50 tickets include a copy of the album
For the very first time, Patrice Evra will be in conversation live on stage. A man that needs no introduction, join him as he gives such a rare insight into one of the most illustrious careers of the Manchester United generation.
A cult hero, this is an incredible opportunity to see Patrice live on stage, and hear from the man direct, giving the complete breakdown of what it has been like to live the life of professional footballer.
In I Love This Game, the long-awaited autobiography of Patrice Evra, the former Manchester United and France star looks back on a remarkable life and career. Having played alongside some of the club's greatest legends, such as Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, in one of United's most successful eras, Evra has now found a new role as an in-demand pundit and social media star.
But, as he reveals in this frank, often shocking, but always compelling memoir, beneath the surface things were not so simple, and he had to fight all the way to get to the top. Initially, it was football that saved him from being sucked into the gang culture of his tough neighbourhood of Les Ulis in the suburbs of Paris. Then, once he achieved his dream of becoming a professional, he had to deal with racism and a notorious dispute with Luis Suarez; he also became a central figure in the infamous ‘strike’ by the France national team in the 2010 World Cup; and there was the moment he launched an attack against a Marseille fan while warming up.
‘I Love This Game’ has become Evra’s catchphrase. Throughout this wonderful book, his passion for his sport shines through and there are revealing and entertaining behind-the-scenes insights about the players and managers he’s worked with, from Sir Alex Ferguson to Paul Pogba, who knows him as Uncle Pat. With infectious enthusiasm and sharp observation, Evra takes the reader where few football autobiographies dare to tread.
The Noise Next Door: Run Wild!
(For Ages 5 - 105)
It’s time for YOU to take control in the comedy show where anything can happen. Join the stars of Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1) and The One Show (BBC One) for an hour of songs, scenes and gags all based on what the audience want to see. Join comedy’s most exhilarating act for a show that’s fun for literally everyone.
The Noise Next Door have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, and Harry Hill.
“World-class comedy” ***** USA Weekly
“Comedy masterpiece” ***** ThreeWeeks
“Fabulous” ***** Latest
“Immense” ***** Broadway Baby
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an awe-inspiring ride.
Tim Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut. In December 2015, he became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk (and run a marathon!) whilst orbiting Earth.
Now, join him on an epic and thrilling journey to the International Space Station as part of his first ever UK tour.
Tim will be your personal guide through life in space, with unprecedented access, breath-taking photographs, and never-before-seen incredible footage. It’s a fascinating insight into what it’s really like to be an astronaut; from training to launch, spacewalk to re-entry, Tim reveals the secrets, the science and the everyday wonders of how and why humans journey into space.
Sharing his passion for aviation, exploration and adventure, this is your chance to spend an evening with one of the world’s greatest living astronauts, and to rediscover the wonder of the place we call home.
“It’s impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet” Tim Peake
“Everything you wanted to know about life in space” The Times
“A delightful adventure of understanding of how and why humans journey into space” Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage
"How different would the world be if women’s stories had been included more in the Bible? Did you know that Adam had a first wife before Eve? Her name was Lilith and she left Adam because she wanted to do reverse cow girl and he would only do missionary - they didn’t mention THAT in the creation myth."
At a time of pandemics and global warming, we all turn to spirituality for hope and purpose, so let's hear about the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus and cunnilingus, courtesy of BAFTA breakthrough act winning Luisa Omielan - now that’s a Sunday school we all would have stayed awake in!
‘The biggest stand up hit of the decade’
The Noise Next Door: In Charge
The quickest wits in comedy are charging into their sixth national tour with a spectacular new show that will trample your expectations.
The charismatic quartet have always astonished with their ability to spin audience suggestions into comedy gold, but for this show they’re putting you, the audience, in charge in brilliant and bombastic new ways.
Join comedy’s unstoppable force for an evening like no other... Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Finely tuned anarchy!
The Noise Next Door are twelve time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on BBC One, ITV1, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.
“Hilarious... A superior kind of chaos” Telegraph
“21st century comedy at its finest and funniest.” The Stage
“Comedy gold... Staggeringly well executed.” Guardian
“Phenomenal” Daily Mirror
Jayde Adams: The Ballad Of Kylie Jenner's Old Face
Since her first stand-up special launched on Amazon Prime in 2020 it's received a huge amount of critical acclaim, amassing a staggering 60 million views across social media and longlisted for the Best Variety Special Emmy in the Hollywood Reporter Predictions. Don’t miss your chance to see her hit show in venue’s nationwide this Autumn.
If you want to be a 'successful independent woman person' you better have something you want to say and you better be wearing a Serious Black Jumper™. In this 5-star show, Jayde (as seen hosting Channel 4's Snackmasters & Crazy Delicious) will rifle through all the noise and self-promotion and figure out what's actually going on.
“she delivers a show that unites the political with the personal in a way that many comics aim for, but few pull off with this sort of aplomb.”
★★★★ (The Times)
“winning combination of common sense and raw heart… Ironically, by taking year off singing Adams has really found her voice”
The multi award-winning antidote to panel games will be recording part of its 75th series for the BBC at The Lowry in Salford. Join chairman Jack Dee and panel for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense.
“Whether the teams are singing the words of one song to the tune of another, making up serial rhymes or entering the mythic maze of Mornington Crescent, they have now become the National Theatre of fun” - Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph
The evening will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and will finish no later than 10.30pm
The checking of COVID Certification is a condition of entry to the venue.
As this theatre meets safety standards we are removing social distancing and will run the theatre at capacity, which we are delighted about. To enable this, event organisers need to follow the Government’s “Events and Attractions” guidance which requires us to risk assess and put control measures in place to safeguard all who come to the event. The guidance recommends all event organisers consider using the NHS COVID pass where there are large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household. We appreciate that not everyone will be comfortable with this request to gain entry and may have strong opinions on it, but this is the advice for organisers of different types of events and is an agreement in place with other major broadcasters for the safety of the audience, venue staff , production team and cast. We wanted to explain why the safety measures are in place and hope they don’t cause too much inconvenience. We are really looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it as we’re delighted we’re able to record with audiences again.
All guests (age 18 and over) will need to provide either one of the following certification:
1. A negative COVID-19 lateral flow test result (taken in the 48 hours prior to attending the Event) from a UK Government-approved test provider (either via a home kit or via a test centre), with certification shown via email or text;
OR 2. a double COVID-19 vaccination received at least 2 weeks prior to attending the Event, which guests shall be required to show evidence of via: (a) the NHS App for Ticket Holders in England or (b) via the approved certification routes for Ticket Holders from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Vaccination cards will not be accepted as evidence.
OR 3. proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test taken within 180 days of the Event (after completion of isolation period)
Attendees under the age of 18 will be asked for verbal confirmation (by them or by a parent or guardian on their behalf) that they have not received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Failure to comply will result in the relevant guest being denied entry and no refunds will be provided in these circumstances.
Face coverings are encouraged throughout the performance and around the venue.
In the lead up to the event, to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, we ask that you do not attend the show if you begin to develop any of the symptoms of coronavirus or if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Please ensure you have downloaded the QR code from your Covid pass using the NHS app before attending the show as WiFi may be limited at the venue.
They have promised you the guide to everything with a book, now they must follow this up to show you in person how much they really know!
This is a chance for them to answer the questions you never knew you needed answering. Essentially the questions they want answering.
We have been promised experiments, vast audience participation, the possibility of laughter, gunge??!! and hopefully something a little different than you may have expected…
In the Rutherford and Fry's comprehensive guidebook, they tell the complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it - skipping over some of the boring parts. It's a celebration of the weirdness of the cosmos, the strangeness of humans and the very fact that amid all the mess, we can somehow make sense of life.
What follows is a collection of our favourite stories of how our senses deceive us, of how reality is not quite what it seems, and how science is the one way that we can understand this otherwise bewildering world. Our brains have evolved to tell us all sorts of things that aren't true: the world is flat, the stars are fixed in the heavenly firmament, a day is 24 hours, eating sugary sweets makes kids go nuts at parties. This book is crammed full of tales of how stuff really works. With the power of science, we have bypassed our monkey-brains, and we're going on a journey from the origin of time and space, via planets, galaxies, evolution, the dinosaurs, all the way into our minds, with truly head-scratching questions, that only science can answer:
What is time, and where does it come from?
Why are animals the size and shape they are?
How horoscopes work (Spoiler: they don't, but you think they do)
Does my dog love me?
Why nothing is truly round
Comedian and musician Jon Courtenay is the first ever GoldenBuzzer act to win Britain’s Got Talent.
Long before triumphing in the 2020 final, Becomepart of Jon’s journey of a lifetime where you will roar with laughter, maybeshed a few tears and definitely be inspired by his music and the hilarioustales of his family, relationships and life on tour. With a soundtrackincluding all his Britain’s Got Talent songs and music spanning the classics torock n roll, you are guaranteed a
“A real winner.” Ant and Dec
“It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s unique to you…thatwas unbelievable.” David Walliams
“I think this is one of the best Golden Buzzers we’veever had on the show.” Amanda Holden
“It was magical and done so simply. it made me feel warminside. You nailed it my friend. You ticked every single box.” Alesha Dixon