The alarm rings. I take a breath. Then it starts.
Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different.
Nicole started caring for her mum when she was four. Every morning Nicole helps her get washed, put on clothes and eat breakfast. Jade has always cared for her brother, but she never expected to look after dad as well – now she juggles two lots of appointments, two lots of prescriptions, two lots of assessment forms. Connor cares for his mum. But he doesn’t like to talk about it.
Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examines the impact of austerity, our failing social care system and what happens when a child becomes the parent.
Winner of: Sit Up Award for social impact, Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award and Summerhall Lustrum Award. Who Cares was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2021.
Behold the tale of UBU who liked power so much he refused to give it back.
Splendid Productions present a brand new creative adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s surrealist classic. We explore power, leadership and ambition with our usual heady concoction of music, laughter, politics, foolishness and hard hitting theatrical nonsense.
After the success of its critically acclaimed international hit The Nature of Forgetting, Theatre
Re returns with 'a rich tapestry of ongoing humanity' (The Scotsman) about the evolution of
family and life.
Emily is eight months pregnant when she reads her grandmother's journal. As she delves into
the depths of her family history, its pages unveil a legacy of courage, unspoken tragedies and
Established as a professional ensemble in 2011, Theatre Re has garnered a national and
international reputation for creating world class, deeply moving, and visually striking poetic
‘Ravishingly beautiful, spellbinding piece of work’
★★★★★ The Arts Desk
Austentatious is saddling the horses for a Grand Tour of the United Kingdom!
Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.
The show comes fresh from multiple sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a weekly residency in London’s West End and a BBC Radio 4 Christmas special. Now Austentatious will be appearing at theatres across the country to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure.
Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Double 0 Darcy, Game of Scones and The Wickham Man, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
★★★★★ “Ridiculously silly…wickedly funny” – The Times
★★★★ “Brilliant…these are comedians at the top of their game” – The Telegraph
★★★★ “A joy to behold” – The Guardian
★★★★ “Supersmart and terrifically funny” – The Scotsman
Austentatious said: “We are beyond delighted to be back on the road, and can’t wait to shine a spotlight on some of Austen’s lesser-known ‘classics’ – from Empire Line of Duty to Bennet Like Beckham. Prepare the barouche!”
Austentatious is performed by:
Andrew Hunter Murray
Daniel Nils Roberts
Line-up varies. Each show stars 5-6 members of the cast.
Nigel Ng: The Haiyaa Tour
‘Human’ - a story about the small moments that shape us.
This new live show by Extraordinary Bodies is a poetic record of our time,
based on real life stories from our company and performers, and told
through circus, music and film.
Intimate, funny and celebratory, ‘Human’ looks into the heart of birth,
love and change. It reminds us that as humans, we have the extraordinary ability to move forward together by taking the time to really understand each other.
At a time when the world’s been cracked open, we invite you to spend
an hour with us, imagining how we can make sure no one is left behind.
‘Human’ is BSL interpreted and audio described, and all performances
Vital and gripping, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a
childlike artist. A genre-defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, BLKDOG explores
the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth.
With music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’
powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the
ultimate hunt for acceptance.
“Botis' political, theatrical and experimental take on hip hop might just make him the next big
thing” Lyndsey Winship
“It’s rare to find young choreographers developing a distinctive movement language and Seva is
certainly one of the most original emerging talents in the UK – if not European – choreography”
“A new dance language was being forged in front of my eyes […] It’s easy to see
why BLKDOG won an Olivier on its London debut, and after seeing this deeply compelling,
“Always earth-bound, they look like a feral street gang, egged on by Torben Lars Sylvest’s
pounding score – so intense that as an audience you feel its vibrations in your own body.”
“Influenced by hip-hop, they jerk and pulse their way around the stage, with timing that is
robotically and breathtakingly precise […] dance does not get more exciting than this.”
The Reviews Hub
“Is this a detention centre or the mind’s interior?”
British Theatre Guide
“Seva is a choreographer on the cusp of a new direction in the shifting sands of British
contemporary dance and one likely to have a big following in its future.”
“BLKDOG by Botis Seva rattles his mind and swoons the audience in a tenebrous exploration of his
“Steeped in Hip Hop, Seva savoured bold, hunkered-down unison motion, where his dancers put
across with electric timing”
“Seva’s dance language has its roots in hip-hop, but flowers in unexpected ways”
“Seva’s onto something remarkable”
BORIS JOHNSON replaces Theresa May as PM. Show REWRITTEN.
The 2019 GENERAL ELECTION happens. Show REWRITTEN again.
COVID-19 arrives – show REWRITTEN for the third time.
So the 2019/2020 HEALING THE NATION TOUR has become the 2019/2020/2021 HEALING THE NATION TOUR, and as the tour has gone on, there’s been less and less healing and more and more of the opposite. Admittedly, I could have changed the title but it still seemed strangely appropriate - and some of the gigs have been rescheduled so it would prove confusingto existing ticket holders if the ticket said “HEALING THE NATION” but the show was now called “MY LIFE IN BALLET”.
So, we have the serially rewritten HEALING THE NATION TOUR 2019/2020 now EXTENDED INTO 2021, not so much due to POPULAR DEMAND but more lack of OPEN VENUES. And with NEGATIVE POWERS OF HEALING. Yet this latest, very new version of the show is my FAVOURITE so far.
Broken Robot Productions & So Comedy presents
DRUNK WOMEN SOLVING CRIME: CHRISTMAS SHOW 2021
The hit comedy podcast takes to the stage with a very special, live christmas show!
Drunk Women Solving Crime is a true crime podcast with a twist…of lime. Join writer/comedian hosts Hannah George, Catie Wilkins and Taylor Glenn as they welcome top guests from comedians to crime writers to test out their drunk detective skills. Each episode sees the boozed-up panel tackle personal crime stories, solve true crime cases, and seek justice for your listener crimes. When women sit around and drink, we try to solve the world’s problems. So we’re taking back the night and putting our inebriation to good use. You’re welcome.
Guests to be announced; previous guests include Katherine Ryan, Ricki Lake, Deborah Frances-White, London Hughes, Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza and many others!
Freckle Productions present
Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town!
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
This award-winning production, from the team behind Zog, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, and Tabby McTat features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
★★★★★ 'Wonderfully exuberant and imaginative! Our 3 year old was engrossed from start to finish' Time Out Critics’ Choice
★★★★ ‘Zesty and delightful. A clever compelling treat’ Independent
★★★★ 'More fun than you can shake a stick at' Daily Mail
★★★★ 'Julia Donaldson's miniature epic. Sally Cookson and her team recreate the book with vigour and imagination' Times
★★★★★ Sunday Express ★★★★★ What’s on Stage
Stick Man © 2008 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.
World-famous prankster and creator of the hugely popular Lee Nelson, is back on stage with TROUBLEMAKER, his sensational new stand-up show.
After showering Sepp Blatter with banknotes, upstaging Kanye West at Glastonbury, and handing Theresa May her P45, the critically acclaimed comedian explores why trouble has followed him from primary school through medical school to lockdown homeschool. And what it’s like to be chased by Donald Trump’s bodyguards, how to make the police laugh while they’re arresting you, and what to do when you’re outed as a Jew by the Ku Klux Klan.
Simon is one of Britain’s most loved comedians following his smash hit BBC shows Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show & Well Funny People, Channel 4’s award-nominated Britain’s Biggest Hoaxer and multiple TV appearances (Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at the Palladium, The John Bishop Christmas Show, Children In Need, & Channel 4’s Comedy Gala).
After the success of his stand-up show 100% Simon Brodkin, selected by The Guardian and The Evening Standard as one of their ‘Best Comedy Shows’ at the Edinburgh Festival, TROUBLEMAKER is the must-see comedy show of 2021.
“Comedy legend” The Sun
“Hilarious” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“There aren't many better comedians to turn to” ★★★★ The Telegraph
“Get him out” Donald Trump
We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered. At 41, he's halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one.
Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the 'Taskmaster' survivor, multi-award-winner and “No More Jockeys” cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we'll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.
★★★★ Times | Independent | Metro | Time Out | Chortle
★★★★★ “Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe...witty, warm, perfectly judged” Telegraph
★★★★ "This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game" Independent
★★★★“He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants...creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up” Chortle
★★★★ “A quick-fire hour of fun” Metro
Funny things happen all the time. Normal events don’t catch the eye but Dave’s special radar instinctively draws him to the small out-of-the-ordinary events and conversations that wash over most of us and pass us by. Once identified, he applies his unique style of exaggerating and elaborating them whilst reminding us that we too have not only witnessed them, it’s probably happened to us! It’s this added dimension, this comedy of association that elevates the event to laugh-out-loud funny.
No wonder Time Out magazine said of him, “Not only a very funny comedian but one of the finest raconteurs around.”
Ian Ashpitel & Jonty Stephens as
Eric & Ern at Christmas
FROM THE OLIVIER NOMINATED DUO BEHIND THE HUGELY CELEBRATED & CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WEST END HIT
ERIC & LITTLE ERN
This is a show for all the family from 8 to 108! A brilliant homage crammed full Morecambe & Wise's most loved routines, songs and sketches and, of course, a musical guest. This wonderful show, evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle together around the telly to watch those fantastic Christmas specials.
As seen on The One show BBC1 and The Alan Titchmarsh Show ITV
“Bring the kids - they’ll love it just as much as we did”
“I never thought I’d see Morecambe & Wise live - I think I just have!”
“I laughed until I cried!”
“You have the giddy out of time illusion that you are
watching the legendary double-act live.”
Direct from London, the smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voted the nations favourite book in 2019, is coming to the Lowry next Christmas. Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet a Faun, talking Beavers, the noble king of Narnia, Aslan, and the coldest, most evil of all, The White Witch.
This critically acclaimed production is pure theatrical magic.
Recommended suitable for age 6+
Children under 5 will not be allowed in the auditorium, including babes in arms
First Act - 60 mins
Interval - 15 mins
Second Act - 60 mins
Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat... but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. Following the multi-million-selling success of This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year. This heart-warming and hilarious live show mixes highlights from the book with Kay’s award-winning stand-up comedy and exclusive new content.
Praise for Adam's live work:
"Blissfully brilliant" ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday
"Electrifying" ★★★★ Guardian
“Hilarious and heartbreaking” Charlie Brooker
"This made me very, very happy" Stephen Fry
22nd-24th & 27th-31st December
10:00, 12:00 & 14:00
Adult and child ticket £15
Additional adult ticket £12
*If your family doesn't look like this then please call Box Office to discuss other options.
From the company that brought you the sell-out productions of Snowbabies! and Aleena's Garden, Little Penguin’s First Christmas is an immersive, festive experience for babies aged 0-36 months and their grown-ups!
Filled with puppetry, original music and sensory delights to stimulate and captivate, this show is a perfect first theatrical experience for your little one.
Join Little Penguin in her winter wonderland as she discovers the magic of her first Christmas.
Included in your child’s ticket price is their very own copy of Little Penguin’s First Christmas to take home!
Phil McIntyre Live by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management proudlypresent:
Right Here, Right Now
‘A gloriously gifted storyteller’
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to TheLowry with his highly anticipated brand-new stand up show – Right Here, RightNow.
This will be John’s eighth stand up show and itis shaping up to be his best yet. Itwill see him performing across the UK, Ireland, America, Canada and Europe. He can’twait to be back on the road again!!
John has achieved huge success with a numberof his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including- ‘JohnBishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1); ‘John Bishop’s OnlyJoking’ (Sky1); ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1); ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’(BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1). More recently ‘John Bishop’s Ireland’ forITV1 and four mammoth series of the critically acclaimed ‘John Bishop: InConversation With…’ which saw him chatting, one to one with some of the World’sbiggest, household names.
‘Bishop has funny bones’
‘Two hours of observational humour deliveredso skilfully it looks effortless’
‘John Bishop has
taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic’
Mariposa: a Transgender Tragedy Inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly
Under the flickering neon lights of a distant Caribbean port, a local rent boy and a
foreign sailor fall ominously in love in choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s
inventive reimagining of Puccini’s seminal opera. DeNada Dance Theatre’s
Madame Butterfly is immersed in a mist of Havana smoke, within which a young
man is asked to sacrifice his gender in exchange of love and a better life.
Mariposa is an operatic dance drama that transports Puccini’s Orientalist libretto
to post-revolution Cuba, to a dockland world of faded showgirls, hopeful rent
boys, troubled sailors and santeria spirits. Engulfed in a tropical storm of
repressed desires, this brand new production is a passionate and deeply moving
exploration of what we are ready to sacrifice in order to be loved and accepted.
Set to an original score by Spanish composer Luis Miguel Cobo, which takes its
inspiration from Caribbean sounds as well as Puccini, with libretto by French-
Indian writer Karthika Nair and designs by Ryan Laight, Mariposa is performed
by the diverse international cast of DeNada Dance Theatre, a UK Critic’s Circle
National Dance Awards nominee in the category of Best Independent Company.
Previous praise for DeNada Dance Theatre:
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ The Stage
“Unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing” The Guardian
“Olé.” Financial Times
“Highly entertaining” Dance Europe
Running time: Approx. 1 hour 30 mins (including interval)
Age guidance: 12+ due to scenes and content of a sexual nature
Roy Grace is back as the thrilling work of multi-million No.1 best-selling author Peter James comes to The Lowry with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead.
No good deed goes unpunished…hours after picking up a USB memory stick, left behind on a train seat, to try to return it to its owner, Tom Bryce inadvertently becomes a witness to a vicious murder. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences, placing him and his family in grave danger. When Detective Superintendent Roy Grace becomes involved, he has his own demons to contend with, while he tries to crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives.
From the producer of recent Lowry stage hits, Band of Gold and The Girl On The Train and adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, Looking Good Dead will keep you on the edge of your seat until the chilling final moments!
Don't miss your chance to see the world premiere tour of Peter James' gripping new play.
As seen on Taskmaster (Channel4), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2) and his critically acclaimed series Hate Thy Neighbor for Vice, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour. With a brand new show for 2021 Jamali will be tackling more home truths and universal issues. A master of the craft this latest show is not to be missed.
★★★★ Sunday Times
Hal Cruttenden - It's Best You Hear It From Me
New Stand-Up Tour 2021/22
Hal is going back on the road with a brand-new show, doing what he does best - reminding us of how much we love stand-up comedy, and God do we need it! Not as much as we needed the vaccine, although Hal would probably say he’s equally as important His previous sell-out tour ‘Chubster’ was extended four times and has only added to Hal’s uncontrollable ego, but it does mean that it’s always good to book early.
From Live at the Apollo, Bake Off: Extra Slice, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and The Royal Variety Performance.
‘On top form, Cruttenden consistently delivers full on laughs' ***** Edinburgh Evening News
“He had the audience in stitches” ***** Daily Record
“Go and see Hal Cruttenden, he’s got something to say and he’ll make you laugh a lot!” ***** Daily Mirror
“Reminded me how much I love stand up” **** The Times
“An Absolute joy to watch” **** The Scotsman
“The funniest he’s ever been” **** The Sunday Times