From the creators of the "unforgettable" SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER and THE WOLF AND PETER, CoisCèIm are back live on stage with David Bolger's UNCLE RAY - Ray Bolger - known everywhere as the loveable scarecrow without a brain.
"Who is Uncle Ray? Memories, like old photographs, come flooding back in black and white... So, when Uncle Ray came to visit once a year, I had no idea he had turned into glorious Technicolor. Standing at the edge of the yellow brick road. Crows would come from miles around just to eat from his field. Maybe not the best scarecrow. But an incredible dancer and my uncle - Uncle Ray Bolger.
The wonders of reality, imagination and family lore collide in this enchanting new dance duet starring David Bolger and street dancer, Donking Rongavilla.
Watch a trailer here.
Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun!
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a scheme of her own!
Join the clever Ladybird as she leads the animals on their quest to save the day in this joyous stage adaptation of What the Ladybird Heard, the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.
With live music, puppetry and a whole farmyard of fun, this 55-minute family favourite is the perfect treat!
Recommended for ages 3+.
Running time: 55 mins
For a sneak peek of the trailer visit: https://www.whattheladybirdheardlive.co.uk/
★★★★★ Culture Whisper
★★★★ The Stage
'A total delight' The Guardian
Please be aware that the Quays Theatre is at the far side of The Lowry’s building. After entering the main doors to the foyer, you should allow time to walk to the Quays Theatre before the show begins, especially if you have mobility difficulties. There are no stairs to negotiate, but there is a long sloping ramp, and wheelchairs are available to borrow if needed.
You can familiarise yourself with the building in advance using our virtual tour https://thelowry.com/visit-us/access/
whether it is an encounter with a member of the RoyalFamily, or her keen and honest insights of other celebrities at parties ordinners. The recipient of several accolades, including a GoldenGlobe Award, a People's Choice Award, several Best Actress Awards and aPrimetime Emmy Award nomination, Joan has also been awarded a star on theHollywood Walk of Fame.
Expect the unexpected – anecdotes, surprises, humour – foran evening of unusual and memorable entertainment with one of our greatestnational treasures.
Intimate and witty, Joan deftlyJoan pulls no punches,but she doesn't care. She's Unapologetic!
Fin Taylor: So My Wife...
We want stand-ups to speak truth to power. But lately no one agrees on what’s true or who’s in power.
What are comedians to do in the age of post-truth and identity politics? Is it possible to make everyone laugh when half the crowd thinks comedy’s too PC and the other half thinks the opposite? What do we talk about after this year when nothing happened and the only thing that did, everyone’s sick to death of?
I’ll tell you what we do.
We go back to the old ways.
We put on a suit,
And we talk about our wife.
As seen on Live At The Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Mash Report and Roast Battle, Fin has also written for The Roast of Alec Baldwin on Comedy Central US.
“An invigoratingly good comic…a live thrill to watch” **** The I
“Gleefully provocative and packed with big hard laughs” **** Guardian
“The most discussed and critically praised comedian of recent Edinburgh Fringes” ***** Scotsman
CLINTON BAPTISTE is… STRATOSPHERIC!
FromBolton via Vegas…..to the stars!
Followingthe massive success of his last UK tour, clairvoyant medium and psychic ClintonBaptiste has gone exploring, stateside.
Notquite Caesar’s Palace but a series of shows in Vegas have lifted his celebritystatus up a notch. Let him take you on ajourney from his humble roots via the dazzling heights of Sin City…..
…..andon to an amazing finale that will heal the world.
Viva Las Vegas…Viva Clinton!
Clinton Baptiste isthe hapless, unsubtle psychic from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.
Following his sell outtour of 2019-20 “The Paranormalist Returns”, Clinton has taken a whirlwind tourof the US.
Hear his tales of rubbingshoulders with the hippy dippy new-agers from La La Land and how he hits thebig time in Vegas with his lavish psychic show.
For a while thingscouldn’t be better. A new lease of life,new teeth, new hair and a buttock lift. (Both of them.)
But a humbly spiritualman at heart, Clinton realises that sometimes all that glitters ain’t gold and now returns to you, his beloved British audienceto once again conjure up those pure selfless gifts he was born with.
For tonight, ladiesand gentlemen, Clinton will all cast fame and fortune aside……and heal theworld!
“Fromthe moment Lowe dances onto the stage the audience absolutely loves his show.”
“old-fashionedcomedy at its best.”
British Theatre Guide
“I wouldhighly recommend grabbing a ticket. Seats are selling fast and you certainlywon’t be disappointed with this great evening of comedy.”
“nothing short of genius.”
On Yorkshire Magazine
‘ During disillusioned days
We stopped believing in magic
We looked for spaces to
Shelter from our illusions.’..
The Actors’ Lab Ltd presents
Produced, devised & directed
by SUE JENKINS
David Suchet makes his eagerly-awaited return to The Lowry in POIROT AND MORE, A RETROSPECTIVE.
We invite audiences to experience a rare opportunity with one of the world’s most celebratedand fascinating actors of our time.
Join us in conversation with the man, the actor and his many roles in an unmistakably unique event. A retrospective look at David’s career will have you witness some of his most beloved performances in a new and intimate light.
For over 25 years he captivated millions worldwide as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective. Beyond Poirot, this Emmy award winning actor has been celebrated for his portrayal of iconic roles such as Lady Bracknell, Cardinal Benelli and Freud. David has also graced the world’s stages bringing literary greats to life, including Shakespeare, Wilde and Albee.
Meet the actor behind the detective and the many faces he’s portrayed on stage and screen over a career spanning five decades. Discover why David Suchet is renowned for not only becoming the role, but also taking on the personalities of some of television, film and theatre’s most fascinating characters.
POIROT AND MORE, A RETROSPECTIVE comes to The Lowry in 2021 for a strictly limited engagement.
Take your seat at this once-in-a-lifetime event, as we go behind the screen and curtain with a legend.
Returning to the stage following her acclaimed performances in the National Theatre’s production of A Taste of Honey, Oliver!, One Man Two Governors, Annie, Abigail's Party and Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger stars as ‘Emma’, in the 2021 UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY reprising a role Jodie first bought to life in 2016.
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980’s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether she's been looking for love in all the wrong places.
This iconic musical features Andrew Lloyd Webber’s wonderful score, accompanied live by West End musicians, including the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face, and title track Tell Me On A Sunday. Previously performed by iconic musical theatre stars Marti Webb and Sarah Brightman, this new production directed by Paul Foster includes an intimate post-show chat with Jodie charting her life, love and experience playing the role of ‘Emma’.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s numerous awards include 7 TONYs, 3 Grammys, 7 Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, 2 Emmys and the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.
Don Black is an Oscar winning lyrist (Born Free) who has penned numerous James Bond theme tunes and chart hits including Michael Jackson’s Ben and Lulu’s To Sir With Love.
Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture
Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide
Fresh off the release of his hour long Netflix Stand-Up Special 'Unlearning', Loyiso Gola takes us on a hilarious journey exploring the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world. As seen on: Netflix, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, QI & Late Night News with Loyiso Gola. “Behind his playful bewildered style is a brilliant comic brain” The Scotsman ★★★★ "An engaging hour of silly and serious material." THE LIST
Performance artist Laura Murphy fuses aerial rope, stand up, theatre and live art in this groundbreaking, feminist solo-work.
Written and performed by Laura Murphy | Directed by Ursula Martinez
Drawing from circus, stand-up and live art, Contra is a solo-cabaret of contradictions. Fierce, witty and uncompromising, this highly physical show interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body and explores, literally, where such bodies are positioned and how we are meant to look at them. Expect scenes of nudity, aerial acrobatics, and explicit references to mythical reptiles and female sexuality.
Created in part as a contribution to the #metoo movement, Contra is an intervention into perceptions of gender, femininity, queerness & consent:
“In Contra I use my body as a relatable starting point for discussing wider social issues, and use layers of humour, text and physicality to make the critical perspective more accessible. Bringing my naked body into the room puts social and political occupations of that body visually on the table for discussion: I embody Eve tempted and then let loose, billboard advertisements, pleasant faces, bodies packaged and consumed...you see vulnerability, a victim, a retaliator, a strong-woman acrobat and a feminist. In confronting my own experiences of these embodyments and particularly of gendered violence, I hope to inspire feelings of solidarity & encourage audiences to do the same” - Laura Murphy
Fresh to the Uk from a European tour, Contra is a highly physical, funny and thought provoking work of contemporary performance. Laura's methodology involves asking her circus technique to serve the work rather than lead it, helping her to push the boundaries of what is expected from aerial work and what aerial disciplines are able to communicate within a theatrical context. Through lip sync, spoken text, dance and aerial rope choreography, Laura juxtaposes her autobiographical accounts with the voices of comedians, preachers, pop vocalists and strangers on public transport. Delivered with humour, honesty and poignancy, Laura shares stories of bodily functions, heartbreak and family discussions of lesbian sex. Beautifully surreal and comically astute, Contra unpicks the absurdity and contradictions of female identity in the present day.
Audience comments: "...thought provoking, entertaining and progressive...unapologetic" | " Contra provides the pleasures of spectacle and deconstructs itself neatly in the process " | "... a radical overturning of conventional expectations of aerial performance and performers. "
Laura Murphy is a genre-defying queer performance maker from Bristol who makes text-driven and dynamic physical work about things that she thinks need to be talked about. Her work is cross-disciplinary fusion of theatre, live art, aerial choreography, dance and verbal explosions, which integrates intimacy and spectacle. Laura is a CircusNext Laureate 2018-19 (European programme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union) and PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, researching aerial work as critical performance.
Ursula Martinez is a theatre maker (writer, performer and director). She co-directed the award-winning Office Party, and directed Victoria Melody’s Northern Soul, Leah Shelton’s Bitch on Heat and Lucy McCormick’s Triple Threat. She is an original cast member of the Olivier Award winning contemporary circus/variety phenomena La Clique and La Soiree, and is an associate artist with performance provocateurs ‘Duckie’. Martinez’s solo shows include A Family Outing, My Stories, Your Emails, and Free Admission, in addition to Wild Bore an international collaboration with Adrienne Truscott (US) and Zoe Coombs Marr (Australia). For all her theatrical accolades, Martinez is probably most well known for pulling red hankies out of her vagina!
Producer - Nicole A’Court Stuart
Lighting design - Katie Davies
Early Stage mentoring - Terry O’Connor
Choreographic support - Madeleine McGowan
Supported by Arts Council England, CircusNext (Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe), Jacksons Lane and Carré Magique
From the award-winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, Orlando, Christmas Gothic and The Time Machine.
In the dark between life and death, a haunted woman tells strange and terrifying tales; eerie stories, dusty and forgotten. Until now.
It’s the Hallowe’en season, so come along and be thrilled by three lost gothic spine-tinglers from the great Victorian female writers.
Winner of the Three Weeks Editors Award. Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Christmas Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women). Directed by Olivier Award Winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe).
★★★★★ ’A macabre masterpiece. Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous. Don’t miss it’ (Three Weeks)
★★★★★ ‘A masterclass in storytelling. Chilling, haunting, dazzling’ (Hairline)
★★★★ ‘Holds the audience in the palm of its hand... a near perfect piece of theatre’ (The Scotsman)
★★★★ ‘Wonderfully eerie… and manages to capture that most intangible of theatre goals, the real fear of the audience.’ (British Theatre Guide)
What happens when the Happy Endings are stolen?
An original story by Carol Ann Duffy retold as dance theatre for family.
Deep in the forest lives Jub, a magical girl with six fingers on each hand. Her job is to guard the Happy Endings to stories and fairytales. But one day an otherworldly Witch steals them, and at bedtime the stories are destroyed...
Goldilocks changed the locks on the cottage of the three bears...
Cinderella’s foot is now too big for the glass slipper…
Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf…
Pinocchio’s nose never stops growing, in fact, his nose grew so long that he arrived everywhere a whole day before he set off!
As the Witch disappears with the stolen Happy Endings it is up to Jub to save the night, encountering many beloved fairytale characters and woodland creatures in her quest...
Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, this fantasy family show will delight generations both old and young.
Original score composed by Murray Gold, with set design by Neil Murray, costume design by Nasir Mazhar and narrated by Joanna Lumley.
Commissioned by Sadler's Wells and co-produced by Northern Stage.
Nunkie Theatre Company presents
Count Magnus – Two Ghost Stories by M R James.
“At first they hear nothing at all. Then they hear someone scream, just as if the most inside part of his soul was twisted out of him.”
The ghost stories of M R James amuse and terrify as powerfully today as when they were first written over a century ago. Nunkie Theatre Company brings two of these classic spinechillers to life, in this thrilling one-man show.
In Count Magnus a travel-writer’s over-inquisitiveness leads to a diabolical chase from darkest Sweden to rural Essex. Denmark is the setting for Number 13, where a hotel room with the famously unlucky number, conceals a ghastly, baffling secret.
***** Riveting… The Daily Mail
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.
Despite being an award-winning artist, Bafta-winning TV presenter, Reith Lecturer and bestselling author, Grayson Perry is a normal person – and just like other normal people, he’s marginally aware that we’re all going to die.
Born in Essex in 1960, Grayson has had a career spanning 40 years. From his A House for Essex, a permanent building constructed in the North Essex countryside in 2015, to Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip - a three-part documentary travelogue in which he explored the meaning of the American Dream today - and Grayson’s Art Club, which brought the nation together during lockdown through art, making new works and hosting masterclasses, Perry is somewhat an expert in making lemonade out of the mundanity of life.
Let Grayson take you through an enlightening and eye-watering evening in which this kind of existentialism descends from worthiness to silliness. You’ll leave safe and warm in the knowledge that nothing really matters anyway.
Join Grayson as he asks, and possibly answers, these big questions in an evening sure to distract you from the very meaninglessness of life in the way only a man in a dress can.
CLINTON BAPTISTE is… STRATOSPHERIC!
From Bolton via Vegas…..to the stars!
Following the massive success of his last UK tour, clairvoyant medium and psychic Clinton Baptiste has gone exploring, stateside.
Not quite Caesar’s Palace but a series of shows in Vegas have lifted his celebrity status up a notch. Let him take you on a journey from his humble roots via the dazzling heights of Sin City…..
…..and on to an amazing finale that will heal the world.
Viva Las Vegas…Viva Clinton!
Clinton Baptiste is the hapless, unsubtle psychic from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.
Following his sell out tour of 2019-20 “The Paranormalist Returns”, Clinton has taken a whirlwind tour of the US.
Hear his tales of rubbing shoulders with the hippy dippy new-agers from La La Land and how he hits the big time in Vegas with his lavish psychic show.
For a while things couldn’t be better. A new lease of life, new teeth, new hair and a buttock lift. (Both of them.)
But a humbly spiritual man at heart, Clinton realises that sometimes all that glitters ain’t gold and now returns to you, his beloved British audience to once again conjure up those pure selfless gifts he was born with.
For tonight, ladies and gentlemen, Clinton will all cast fame and fortune aside……and heal the world!
“From the moment Lowe dances onto the stage the audience absolutely loves his show.”
BEYOND THE JOKE
“old-fashioned comedy at its best.”
British Theatre Guide
“I would highly recommend grabbing a ticket. Seats are selling fast and you certainly won’t be disappointed with this great evening of comedy.”
British Theatre Guide
“nothing short of genius.”
On Yorkshire Magazine
James Seabright presents
The Battersea Poltergeist – Live!
The worldwide podcast hit, as heard on BBC Radio Four, explores the true story of Britain’s strangest haunting. And now it is coming live to a theatre near you!
Number one drama series across the world, The Battersea Poltergeist is a multi-million download, genre-busting phenomenon, mixing documentary and drama to tell the incredible and terrifying true story of the 1956 haunting of the Hitchings family in south London at the hands of a poltergeist they nicknamed Donald.
At this exclusive live event, you can meet the show’s creator, writer and journalist Danny Robins, and guest experts from the podcast. They’ll delve deeper into this paranormal cold case, bringing the investigation to life on stage, sharing exclusive footage of Shirley Hitchings and other witnesses, and revealing some stunning (and chilling) new evidence.
There will also be a Q&A so you can put your questions about the case and the making of the series to Danny and his team of experts! Are you #TeamSceptic or #TeamBeliever? Become part of the investigation that’s spurred millions of listeners worldwide to be supernatural sleuths.
Top 10 Podcast of 2021 – The Guardian
“Hugely entertaining… a fabulous telling.” Miranda Sawyer, The Observer
“The real-life ghost story so gripping even sceptics are drawn in.” Daily Mail
“Fabulously entertaining.” The Independent
“Gripping and authentically unsettling.” SFX Magazine
“Freaky, creepy, insanely addictive.” Grazia
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.
AGUDO DANCE COMPANY
Artistic Director: Jose Agudo
Carmen will always be free… she is a gypsy, a Romany, a traveller, an
untamed spirit, captivating and elusive, yet earthy and fiercely alive.
Jose Agudo draws upon his unique palette of Flamenco and contemporary
dance to create this dramatic adaptation of Prosper Merimée’s classic novella.
The company delivers a rich tapestry of human motives and emotions,
unravelling the complex exchange between conformity and freedom; the
tension unleashed by obsessive human behaviour, the desire for self-
disclosure and upholding the right to be free.
Set to an original Flamenco infused score by Bernhard Schimpelsberger and
additional track by Kefaya, Carmen is a story about individuality, freedom,
love and pleasure, and the belief that our journey of twists and turns we call
life is always valuable.
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
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.