Bolton Octagon have pulled off a real coup by persuading Willy Russell to relocate his frustrated housewife who finds a new life from her traditional Merseyside lair up the M62 to Accrington.

For many years the book that sat closest to my bedside was a Jeeves Omnibus by the masterful Pelham Grenville ‘Plum’ Wodehouse. I’ve always treasured the world of Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet; a quintessentially English place, peopled with indomitable Aunts and hopeless nephews, always getting into scrapes that are resolved in time for tea and crumpets.

If you want to watch something fresh, raw, young and different, look no further than GUY: A New Musical. Directed by Aran Cherkez, the award-winning modern-day gay love story for everybody returns to Greater Manchester in its second iteration after premiering at Hope Mill Theatre in 2018.

Deafness is not a new phenomenon; so why do we still treat deaf people as though they are a problem we must solve.

Ad Infinitum encourage us to change the way we perceive and communicate with the deaf community.

For the 2nd time in as many months Manchester Musical Youth (MMY) have taken over the stage at Z-Arts, this time to present the classic Calamity Jane breaking a recent tradition of producing more modern musicals and reverting to one of the classics.

This is an intriguing and impressionistic collaboration between two noted performing arts companies, featuring Gecko Theatre’s stylish blend of movement choreography and subtle imagery with performers from Mind the Gap, commissioned by and performed at Manchester’s HOME venue for the arts and The Place, London.

Emily Bronte’s 1847 novel is a difficult beast to tame; the differing narrative voices, lengthy chronology and supernatural romanticism has been captured on stage, screen and radio dozens of times, with varying degrees of success.

The stunning and versatile Hope Mill Theatre along with Hannah Ellis Ryan ‘HER Productions’ hosted the debut production of ‘Welcome to Shangri-La’, written by BAFTA Break-through Brit Gemma Langford and presented by ‘Broken Biscuit Theatre Company’.

I have to say, I wasn’t too sure what I was going to see tonight, and I naively didn’t research it, thinking it would be a musical based on the life of the late Michael Jackson...Well, I was wrong but I have to say this time I don’t mind..

With sparkly black trilby’s everywhere you looked, the theatre was certainly alive with many a MJ fan.

It is worthy of note that Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel toured North America, sharing a room, as young men with Fred Karno’s troupe of performers for two years. That not much has been noted of this sparks the imagination. The pairing seems like a rich vein for writers hungry for stories of Hollywood icons.

Manchester based theatre company, LipService, comprises Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding who have been performing together for over thirty years. They seem to specialise in comedy spoofs and tonight’s show promised a mix of murder and trains – always a favourite with crime fiction aficionados.