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WHAT’S ON JANUARY – APRIL 2009


Front Cover: balletLORENT’s Designer Body, see p30. Photo: Andy Taylor. Dancer: Meritxell Pan Cabo.

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Bare Bones, 6 see p28. Photo © Johan Persson.

This brochure is available in audio format. Please ask Box Office for a copy. Apex Pricing

Audio Described Performance. To enhance the experience for those who may not be able to see all that is happening on the stage. Captioned Performance. To enhance the experience for those who may not be able to hear all that is happening on the stage. For more information on The Lowry’s access provisions, please go to the Visitor Information section at www.thelowry.com.

Signed Performance

We’ve introduced budget air-line style pricing for certain shows in The Studio (see pages 18-20) – so the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. There’s a limited number of Apex Tickets at £5, Advanced Tickets are £7.50, or it’s £10 on the day of the show. Please note that concessions are not valid with Apex Tickets.

Family Teas Don’t forget that you can also book Family Teas before selected theatre shows. Family Teas are based on two adults and two children and are bookable on 0870 111 2000.

The Lowry is grateful for the support it receives from its Principal Sponsor

The Lowry Centre Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and registered charity (no. 1053962). All income supports our world-class Theatres programme, the upkeep of the LS Lowry collection and a range of exhibitions and our life-changing Community and Education work.

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See a show, visit our Galleries, get involved! Welcome to another jam-packed season! Turn the pages and delve into what will be showing in our Theatres and Galleries over the coming months or read on to learn more about our bustling activity programme. Why not make it your resolution to experience or learn something new in 2009? Our January – April season is jam-packed with inspiring and fun activities for you to get involved in. From painting to drawing, ballet to contemporary dance and drama to improvisation, not to mention courses offering guidance on acting and creative writing, we have something to suit all ages, tastes and abilities. For budding artists out there we have a wealth of visual arts courses that will allow you to experience different art techniques. Brush up on your painting skills with our Introduction to Oil Painting and Contemporary Landscape Painting adult courses and Creating on Canvas for our younger artists. Convinced you can’t draw? So were scores of people who’ve already taken our hugely successful Can’t Draw Won’t Draw weekend workshop, which sells out every season! Already familiar with the basic techniques and want to learn more? Book your place on The Drawing Room now and take your skills to the next level. And for young people with a passion for comics, join a professional illustrator in Creative Futures – Cartoon Capers and pick the brains of someone who has been there and done it!

If you want to work up a sweat, we have a fabulous range of dance activities! Learn some of Richard Alston Dance Company’s current repertoire and get a flavour of the company’s technique and choreographic style. Join the world-class Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo to be taken through the paces, or, if you’d rather watch, simply join them in their Open Rehearsal. Fancy creating something new and original? Sign up to Ad Hoc Dance, our in-house contemporary dance company, then showcase the final piece in our Studio theatre. And, for the more experienced, we have ProActive Tuesday, a dance workshop that allows dance teachers and professionals to hone their techniques. Drama enthusiasts can get back to basics with Voice Works – Voice into Speech, a course focused on breathing to help you speak with power, clarity and confidence. If you’re looking to develop and extend your acting skills try An Actor’s Craft – The Plays of Anton Chekhov or sharpen your improvisation skills with Playback Theatre and transform stories into theatre! Younger actors can unleash their creativity with Theatre Workshop: Creative Performance and get unique insight plus invaluable advice and guidance for auditions in Creative Futures – Getting Started on Stage and Screen.

Finally, aspiring writers should start preparing their applications for Write Space, a course offering people aged 13-21 a chance to see their work on page, on stage and online performed by actors from the National Youth Theatre! For full details of these activities and to book online, visit www.thelowry.com and click on ‘Activities’. Information can also be found in our What’s On Guide, available in the foyer. You can also book by contacting our Box Office on 0870 111 2000. If you live in Salford, you qualify for great discounts on nearly all of our activities. Look out for the Salford residents’ prices on the information for each activity. Don’t forget to look out for this symbol throughout this brochure for activities which accompany our theatre shows!

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The Statue of Liberty by Robert Sabuda.

Barrow Lighthouse © Jem Southam.

Pop-up - Around the World

Clouds Descending - Jem Southam

Ends Sun 15 March

Ends Sun 22 March

A pop-up is a flat, folded piece of paper, which magically turns into a three-dimensional picture when opened.

Leading photographer Jem Southam has been re-tracing Lowry’s footsteps along the Cumbrian coastline. Though Lowry is more commonly associated with Salford, he spent a great deal of time observing and recording industrial landscapes and harbour towns in this area.

This exhibition takes you on a tour through the magical world of popup. Travel to some of the great cities in the world and see how famous buildings and landmarks have proved a popular subject for pop-ups – even The Lowry! Along the way you will find out how pop-ups are made and you can even have a go at making one for yourself.

Southam’s journey has resulted in a remarkable series of images that focus on the remnants of Cumbria’s long and significant industrial past.

Supported by

Gallery Opening Times : Sun-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Free entry - donations welcome.


Watersheddings, Bolton, 1982, © Don McPhee.

'Still Life' at the Penguin Café, Robert Parker as Texan Kangaroo Rat. Photo © Bill Cooper.

A Long Exposure - 100 Years of Pictures from Guardian Photographers in Manchester

Express Yourself A Family Dance Exhibition

Ends Sun 1 March Looking at the influential work of seven photographers who worked for The Guardian newspaper in Manchester, this exhibition presents a fascinating selection of photographs taken between 1908 and the present day. The photographs on display cover a wide range of subjects and places, from the pioneering days of flight to the miners’ strike, from Moss Side to Calcutta.

Transformations 2 Opens April Transformations is a series of commissions in which artists respond to the unique architecture of our Promenade Gallery. Submission is open to UK-based artists who are keen to explore new approaches to their work. Supported by

LS Lowry, Gentleman Looking at Something, 1960 © The Lowry Collection, Salford.

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Opens April Join your family and friends on the dance floor and launch yourself feet first into The Lowry’s first family dance exhibition. More people enjoy dance today than ever before. As one writer has put it, “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them”. Find out about everything from ballet and breakdancing to limbo and line dancing, and appreciate the hard work, skill, creativity and dedication of some of the greatest dancers and choreographers of the last 100 years.

Lowry Favourites There is always a changing display of Lowry’s paintings and drawings whenever you visit, including works chosen as favourites by visitors, celebrities, staff and collectors. Tell us which image you like best and we’ll regularly add a selection of your comments to the exhibition labels.

Coming to a matinee? Why not pop into the Galleries beforehand?


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Tosca

Skin Deep

Let ‘em Eat Cake

Of Thee I Sing

Giacomo Puccini Wed 25 February

David Sawer & Armando Iannucci Thu 26 February

George Gershwin Fri 27 & Sat 28 February

George Gershwin Sat 28 February

At times soaring and tender, at others heart-rending, Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s most popular operas.

The event of the season, this world première represents a meeting of major talents. Composer David Sawer, whose opera From Morning to Midnight was a great success for English National Opera in 2001, has created a new satirical operetta with writer and broadcaster Armando Iannucci. Set in the clinic of cosmetic surgery genius Doktor Needlemeier, whose slogan is ‘Putting Right what Nature Got Wrong’, Skin Deep is a darkly brilliant, up-to-theminute satire on a world where staying young and beautiful is all that matters, whatever the cost.

Get swept up in the glitz and glamour of 1930s politics, in two starspangled Broadway treats.

Its been four years since John P Wintergreen became President and his re-election campaign is in full swing. This time, however, people aren’t falling for his smooth slogans. The political situation spirals out of control, and before you know it the US faces a revolutionary dictatorship of blue shirts!

In this Pulitzer Prizewinning musical, Wintergreen’s chance of winning the Presidential election looks slim until he runs a campaign on the thing everyone wants – love. He stages a beauty pageant where first prize is his hand in marriage. French belle Diana Devereaux wins, but when the President falls for muffin-making Mary instead, Diana turns her rejection into an international scandal. Wintergreen needs a new idea to save the day, and maybe Mary can produce the answer…

Conductor Wyn Davies. Director Caroline Gawn.

Conductor Wyn Davies. Director Caroline Gawn.

Sung in English.

Sung in English.

Corrupt police chief Scarpia is obsessed with Tosca, the lover of artist Cavaradossi, and he is willing to go to any length to have her. When Cavaradossi is arrested and tortured for helping an escaped prisoner, Scarpia blackmails Tosca. The deal – Tosca and Cavaradossi can go free if she gives herself to him. Violated, Tosca plots her revenge, but the consequences are more terrible than she can imagine. Conductor Martin Pickard. Director Christopher Alden.

Conductor Richard Farnes. Director Richard Jones.

Let ‘em Eat Cake is the sequel to Of Thee I Sing.

Sung in English. Sung in Italian with English titles. Touch Tour 12.45pm.

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Buy your tickets for Of Thee I Sing and Let 'em Eat Cake at the same time, and get Let 'em Eat Cake for half price. Offer available on full-priced tickets only. T&Cs apply.

See More Book your opera-going in 2008/2009 in one go and save money on your tickets. The more you see the more you save on packages of 3 and 5 operas. Forthcoming productions include: Paradise Moscow, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Don Carlos. For more details call 0870 220 2003.

Times Eves 7.15pm, Sat mat 2pm

Tickets £14, £20, £33.50, £36.50, £41, £43, £51.50 Concessions up to £4 off except Sat

Skin Deep Tickets £12, £16, £20, £25, £29, £32

Thu 26 February Pre Show Talk Capacity 40 Times 6.15pm – 6.45pm Free to ticket holders but must be booked in advance. The Studio

‘...a thrilling roller-coaster ride.’

Half Price Cake!

Family Ticket Under 16s go half-price when accompanied by an adult (max 4 children).

The Daily Telegraph on Tosca


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Illustration by Syd Brak.

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Opera della Luna

HMS Pinafore Mon 23 – Sat 28 March Following their wonderful production of The Mikado in January 2008, this innovative and extraordinary company return to The Lowry with their acclaimed production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. In true Opera della Luna style eight multi-talented singer/actors become crew, chorus and principals in a brilliantly fast and hilarious production of this famous comic opera. Packed to the brim with toe-tapping tunes, the wit and verve of this production will prove beyond doubt that Opera della Luna have now established themselves as one of the country’s leading exponents of operetta and comic music-theatre.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM, WED MAT 2PM, SAT MAT 3PM TICKETS MON – THU EVES & SAT MAT £14, £16, £18, WED MAT £12, £14, £16, FRI & SAT EVES £16, £18, £20 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES

‘No small scale opera company glitters more gloriously than Opera della Luna.’

‘Ensemble playing at its finest.’

Evening Standard

What’s On (London)


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Boeing-Boeing Mon 2 – Sat 7 February When Boeing-Boeing took off to a roar of laughter in London’s West End in 2007, the Daily Telegraph called it ‘the funniest show in London’. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Matthew Warchus, this hysterical production has since taken Broadway by storm. Audiences and critics have been unbuckling their seatbelts and rolling in the aisles for this first-class Tony Award-winning comedy (Best Revival 2008). Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thinks he can easily cope with his three air-hostess fiancées. It’s all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly plays the role of romantic airtraffic controller. But when his long lost cousin Robert arrives, things start to get turbulent! Schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking. Starring Martin Marquez (Hotel Babylon, Dirty Tricks, EastEnders), Susie Blake (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show), John Marquez (Hotel Babylon, EastEnders, Doc Martin), Sarah Jayne Dunn (Hollyoaks, Drop Dead Gorgeous), Thaila Zucchi (Skins, Love Soup) and Josephine Butler (No Heroics, Sorted).

BY MARC CAMOLETTI TRANSLATED BY BEVERLEY CROSS AND FRANCIS EVANS LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATS 2PM TICKETS MON – THU EVES & SAT MAT £14, £16, £18, £20, WED MAT £12, £14, £16, £18, FRI & SAT EVES £16, £18, £22, £24 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES

‘By many an air mile the funniest show on the London stage. Impossible to stop laughing.’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Fasten your seatbelts for the most deliriously funny flight of your life.’ Mail on Sunday


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Private Peaceful By Michael Morpurgo

Mon 2 – Sat 7 February Following the tremendous success of previous visits, Private Peaceful returns to The Lowry.

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. This remarkable book, winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year award, is by third Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The inspiration for Private Peaceful came from Morpurgo’s visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Image by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum

SCAMP THEATRE ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY SIMON READE QUAYS THEATRE TIMES MON, FRI & SAT EVES 8PM, TUE – FRI 10.30AM, SAT MAT 2PM TICKETS £12 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF SCHOOLS £9 DAYTIME PERFORMANCES ONLY

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Wed 4 February 10.30am Post Show Talk Free to ticket holders. Quays Theatre

‘The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show.’ ##### The Scotsman


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The Holly and the Ivy Mon 16 – Sat 21 February The award-winning Middle Ground Theatre Company bring their highly acclaimed production of The Holly and the Ivy to The Lowry. Set in a Norfolk vicarage on Christmas Eve 1947, the vicar’s family gathers for the festive season. Peace and goodwill radiates from the warm-hearted elderly vicar, cared for by his young daughter. But with the arrival of two irritable aunts and an errant daughter, the emotional veneer is skilfully peeled away. As skeletons tumble from closets and stones are turned over, family members are forced to confront their regrets and secret anxieties. Even the lovable vicar is not immune to the stresses and strains of a normal family life. This atmospheric and absorbing human story, which stars that doyen of Welsh actors Philip Madoc along with Tom Butcher (The Bill, Doctors), Zoie Kennedy (The Royal) and Corrinne Wicks (Doctors), is a perfect Winter warmer. MIDDLE GROUND THEATRE COMPANY DIRECTED BY MICHAEL LUNNEY QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 7PM, WED MAT 2PM, SAT MAT 3PM TICKETS EVES & SAT MAT £16, £18, £20, WED MAT £14, £16, £18 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES

‘Brilliant performances… first rate cast…here is theatre at its best.’

‘Profoundly moving…marvelous.’

BBC Nottingham

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Kneehigh Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic

Tue 3 – Sat 7 March A new (very British) story inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovanni. England, 1978. The Winter of Discontent. Cold hearts seek comfort and poor souls look for love. We are in the lonely hearts column of life. ‘Save me’ is the silent call that drifts from our aching bodies. But wait, Don John is here! Dangerous, naughty and irresistible - he enters our lives and leaves us changed. Oh yes, he leaves, for Don John belongs to nobody but himself and The Devil! With a sensational score of specially commissioned live music, Kneehigh (Tristan & Yseult, Rapunzel), who are celebrated as one of Britain’s most innovative theatre companies, bring their renowned brand of physical and visually stunning storytelling to this dark, seductive tale. Contains some adult themes. Suitable for ages 14+.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM, WED & SAT MATS 2PM TICKETS TUE – THU EVES & SAT MAT £16, £18, £20, WED MAT £14, £16, £18, FRI & SAT EVES £18, £20, £22 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF SCHOOLS £9

Kneehigh also bring Brief Encounter - see p13.


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Calendar Girls Mon 16 – Sat 21 March Following a sell-out run and sensational reviews in October, Calendar Girls returns by popular demand. At first glance it should look like your classic WI calendar. Jams, cakes, sewing and all that. Except for one tiny thing… the ladies aren’t naked, they’re nude. A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference - no more photos of Wharfedale Bridges or Norman churches for them. Overcoming their initial reserve, the friends drop their dressing gowns, modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements. Puzzling their husbands, mortifying their children, and riding the wrath of the outraged WI, they spark a global phenomenon. But as media interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves exposed in ways they’d never expected, revealing more than they’d ever planned. A very British story with a very British heart, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. Adapted by Tim Firth from his smash-hit Mirimax film of the same name, it is based an uplifting and very inspiring true story.

Calendar Girls has been one of our fastest selling shows ever so book your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out!

BY TIM FIRTH LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED MAT 2.30PM, SAT MAT 3PM TICKETS MON - THU EVES & SAT MAT £16, £18, £21, £24, WED MAT £15, £17, £19, £21, FRI & SAT EVES £18, £20, £24, £27

Photo features original cast.

‘The stage version of Calendar Girls achieves the rare and pleasing feet of outstripping the film both in terms of heart and humour. One of the most enjoyable evenings 2008 theatre has produced.’ Evening Standard

‘A show whose feelgood factor is sky-high. Unashamedly sentimental and full of heart and bare-faced cheek .’ The Guardian


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Where There’s A Will Directed by Sir Peter Hall

Tue 17 - Sat 21 March ETT return to The Lowry with a classic by the master of French farce. Angele is the wealthy widow of a philanderer and she’s learned that no man can be trusted. Married for the second time, she vows to keep her new husband on a tight leash. But just as she has him where she wants him, things are complicated by the arrival of her husband’s close friend who is determined to pursue her for himself… Clever, uproariously funny and in the true spirit of classic French farce, Where There’s A Will takes a crafty peek at the game of infidelity and marriage. Peter Hall is one of Britain’s most distinguished directors of plays, films and operas. He founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and was subsequently Director of the Royal National Theatre. His many arts awards and nominations include two Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for Lifetime Achievement. ETT were last at The Lowry with the sell-out success The Changeling. ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE BY GEORGES FEYDEAU ADAPTED BY NICKI FREI QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM, WED MAT 2PM, SAT MAT 3PM TICKETS TUE – THU EVES & SAT MAT £14, £16, £18 WED MAT £12, £14, £16, FRI & SAT EVES £16, £18, £20 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES SCHOOLS £10 TUE & WED ONLY

Sir Peter Hall.

‘English Touring Theatre is one of our treasures.’

The Guardian


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Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter Tue 24 - Sat 28 March Emma Rice, Artistic Director of the world renowned Kneehigh Theatre Company, has taken one of the most beloved films of all time, the stage play on which it was based and the music and songs of Noël Coward to create this brand new Brief Encounter. Brought to you by the award-winning producers of Calendar Girls, Equus, The Play What I Wrote and Art, Brief Encounter has a company of ten actor-musicians who recreate the world of Milford Junction with film, music and words in ways that have never been seen before to create a unique theatrical evening which has left both audiences and critics overwhelmed by emotion, laughter, tears, and praise for the production in London’s West End. Do not miss this chance to experience a night at the theatre that you will remember always. And as The Times said ‘Emma Rice’s staging of Noel Coward’s screenplay is a delight: Moving, funny gripping and even at its most inventive, true to the original and it’s all-English heart.’ LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED, THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS TUE EVE & WED & THU MATS £14, £16, £18, £20, WED & THU EVES & SAT MAT £16, £18, £20, £22, FRI & SAT EVES £17, £19, £23, £25 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES FAMILY TICKET UP TO TWO CHILDREN GO HALF-PRICE WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY ONE FULL-PAYING ADULT SCHOOLS £10 TUE & WED EVES & WED & THU MATS

The most talked about show in town arrives direct from London's West End.


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Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

Fri 3 – Wed 8 April

Following 10 Days on Earth at Manchester’s Library Theatre, the critically acclaimed Ronnie Burkett, best known for his spellbinding original plays for adults, brings his latest creation to The Lowry. Credited with creating some of the world’s most elaborate and evocative puppetry, Ronnie appears on stage manipulating and providing the voice for each character. Billy Twinkle is a middle-aged cruise ship puppeteer who dazzles audiences with his Stars in Miniature marionette nightclub act. He is the best in the business and on top of the world, until he is fired. Standing at the edge of the ship contemplating a watery demise, Billy is called back to reality when his dead mentor appears as a hand puppet and forces him to re-enact his life as a puppet show in order to remember and rekindle the passions he once had. This requiem for a golden boy shines a little light on the wonder of youth meeting the wisdom of age with a kick in the pants to finish what we started. Suitable for ages 14+. Children under the age of 14 will not be admitted. Commissioned by The Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Canada) and co-commissioned by Canada’s National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (Vancouver, Canada), The Arts Centre (Melbourne, Australia), Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia) and barbicanbite09 (London, UK).

Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy is presented with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. Exclusive representation John Lambert & Assoc., (Montreal).

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY RONNIE BURKETT QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM. NO SHOW SUN. TICKETS £14 & £16 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘Ronnie Burkett's creations are remarkable feats of both manipulation and imagination.’ The Guardian


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Hull Truck Theatre

Lucky Sods By John Godber

Tue 14 – Sat 18 April A hilarious lottery-winning comedy from BAFTA awardwinner John Godber. He likes rugby, she likes telly. His favourite number is 8, hers is 42. He picked the numbers, she bought the lottery ticket. They sat; they watched; they won. And now Morris and Jean are millionaires; Lucky Sods! But is hitting the jackpot all it's cracked up to be...? A satirical and outrageous comedy about a family who have nothing on Friday and £2 million on Saturday. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre company who return to The Lowry following the successes of Up ‘n’ Under, Wrestling Mad, Perfect Pitch and most recently Our House.

DIRECTED BY NICK LANE QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM, WED MAT 2PM, SAT MAT 3PM TICKETS TUE – THU EVES & SAT MAT £14, £16, £18, FRI & SAT EVES £16, £18, £20 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘Funny, poignant, always entertaining.’ ‘Touchingly true... a winner for Godber.’

‘Very funny black comedy.’

The Stage

The Guardian

The Observer

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His Dark Materials (Parts 1 & 2) Thu 23 – Sun 26 April Adapted from Philip Pullman’s three novels into two full-length plays, Nicholas Wright’s stage version of His Dark Materials was a triumph when it premiered at the National Theatre in 2004. Lyra and Will embark on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. Along the way they encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds, including rebellious angels, soul-eating spectres, child-catching gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Before finally reaching the Republic of Heaven, they must visit The Land of the Dead. This new production promises to be a truly exciting theatrical event. Both parts can be enjoyed alone or together on the same day.

BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY IN ASSOCIATION WITH WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE BASED ON THE TRILOGY OF NOVELS BY PHILIP PULLMAN ADAPTED BY NICHOLAS WRIGHT DIRECTED BY RACHEL KAVANAUGH LYRIC THEATRE TIMES HIS DARK MATERIALS PART 1 THU 7.30PM, SAT & SUN 2PM; HIS DARK MATERIALS PART 2 FRI 7.30PM, SAT & SUN 7PM TICKETS £14, £16, £18, £20 PER PERFORMANCE CONCESSIONS £4 OFF UNDER 16s & STUDENTS ONLY.

SEE PARTS BOTH FOR ON LY

£32

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A Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre of Scotland co-production

Tue 28 April – Sat 2 May

Ian McDiarmid returns to The Lowry having appeared in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Pirandello’s Henry IV (Manchester Evening News Award for Best performance in a Visiting Production). He will be joined by a cast including Blythe Duff, Kathryn Howden, David McGranaghan, Richard Madden, Helen Mallon, Colette O’Neil and Jimmy Yuill. David Anderton, an Oxford-educated Catholic priest, is assigned to a parish in a dispirited Scottish town on the Ayrshire coast. Lonely and adrift, he befriends two unstable teenagers from the local school and is drawn into their exotic world. As events spin out of control, he is forced to face his greatest trial yet. Adapted for the stage by Ian McDiarmid from The Booker Prize nominated novel by Andrew O’Hagan, Be Near Me is a moving and compelling story about love, morality and regret. Donmar Warehouse returns to The Lowry following previous successful visits including The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Cut and This Is How It Goes. We also welcome back The National Theatre of Scotland and Director John Tiffany following the recent multi-award-winning, sell-out phenomenon Black Watch. DIRECTED BY JOHN TIFFANY QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM, THU & SAT MATS 2PM TICKETS TUE – THU EVES & SAT MAT £16, £18, £20, THU MAT £14, £16, £18, FRI & SAT EVES £18, £20, £22 CONCESSIONS £1 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES

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Stones In His Pockets Thu 9 – Sat 11 April

Ten-Ten Shift

Dog Sees God

Back by popular demand, this wonderful awardwinning comedy returns to The Lowry after five fabulous years in the West End and numerous sell-out tours.

Wed 14 & Thu 15 January

Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

When a major Hollywood film studio descends on a village in rural Ireland, the demand for extras from the local community is huge. As the story unfolds, just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life over 15 extraordinary characters.

Ten-Ten Shift is a new and innovative piece of writing, which delves into the lives of three women from three very different backgrounds who are united by one very similar occupation, as they are brought together to work the dreaded ‘ten-ten shift’. This gritty new drama is focused upon three women united for very different reasons and the plight of one young man who will do anything he can to stop his lost sister following in their footsteps.

Thu 22 – Sat 24 January

This is Irish comedy at its very best - book now!

‘Very Irish and very funny.’

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The kids from the Peanuts comic strip grow up in this multi-award-winning parody in its first UK production. When CB's dog dies, he contemplates what happens after death. With his friends too stoned, inebriated or institutionalised to provide any answers, a chance reunion with a childhood friend offers him the answers he seeks, plus some he never expected, changing his and his friends’ lives forever. Adults only.

BY MARIE JONES QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM, SAT MAT 3PM TICKETS THU EVE & SAT MAT £16 & £18, FRI & SAT EVES £18 & £20 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES

SPARKPLUG PRODUCTIONS THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

VERTIGO THEATRE THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

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Under the Dirt

Mind the Gap

Thu 29 – Sat 31 January

Sun 8 & Mon 9 February

Hurt people, hurt people. Four lives lived at the extremes, beyond ‘normal’. Burrowing under the surface of the face we present to the outside world, Under the Dirt is a powerful story about the dark side of human nature. Donna Coleman, who plays Jo, was nominated for Best Actor Buxton Fringe Festival fringe in 2007.

TRICKSTER THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

Nominated for Best New Play at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2007. Midnight. Last tube home. Stuck in a tunnel. Lights go out. Dawn and Dismas don’t know if they are alone or trapped in the company of strangers. They have nothing but the dark. How can you trust someone when you can’t see their face? Whose ‘truth’ do we believe? Can you really forgive and forget when the lights come up again? LOCI PRODUCTIONS THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

The Game of Two Halves Thu 12 & Fri 13 February

Sherlock Holmes… The Death and Life Sat 14 February

Pete and Simon are usually a happy couple.

Roger Llewellyn stars in this spine-tingling new play.

Tom - Pete's homophobic workmate - gets tickets for the footy and invites Pete along. Simon invites himself along as well, which is fine, except that Tom doesn’t know that Pete’s gay. Can they keep their relationship a secret?

In this a wryly humorous tale, of murder, mystery and the occult, the world's greatest detective refuses to leave the stage! This fantasy based upon a fiction, finds Conan Doyle tiring of his intolerably arrogant Sherlock Holmes, and inventing the malevolent Moriarty to dispose of him. But Doyle's dangerous strategy, combined with his passion for raising the spirits of the dead, has surreal and dramatic consequences!

Winner of the 2006 Studio Salford Awards for Best New Writing, this comedy about secrets, assumption and football is brought to you by Mediamedea, an inhouse Studio Salford company. MEDIAMEDEA THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

THE STUDIO TIMES 8PM TICKETS £10 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

Company Along the Mile Thu 26 – Sat 28 February

Stella, a transsexual, and George are no orindary couple. For starters they’re not a couple - they just meet in a hotel room every Wednesday. A mysterious phone call interrupts their quiet afternoon. Is it a Stella wind-up or is someone out to get them? With Blackpool lapping at the windowpane and a dead body in the en suite, they are panicked into action. Is this the end or the beginning of a beautiful friendship? This classic comedy with a twist is written by Tom Dalton Bidwell. THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM, SAT MAT 2.30PM TICKETS £10 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

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Future Me Mon 2 & Tue 3 March

Peter often works late. A promising young barrister, he’s about to move in with his girlfriend. Then one day his computer sends out an email to everyone he knows, with an attachment no one can bear to look at. From the strange alliances of a prison segregation unit, to the trials of life on the outside, Future Me by Stephen Brown is a gripping, fearless and moving story of ordinary monsters.

Keep the Change

The False Servant

Fri 6 & Sat 7 March

Mon 9 & Tue 10 March

A pair of drug dealers, who are also best mates, think they are untouchable because they have a crooked lawyer who isn’t averse to paying off witnesses. But the lawyer has become involved with one of their girlfriends. Pushed into the world of smuggling drugs and prostitution, she and the lawyer are seeking to stitch up the dealers in their next court trial and elope, but things never go according to plan…

In a timeless comedy of deception and desire, a woman dresses as a man in order to discover the true nature of her husband to be; is he driven by money or love? This dual language, strong visual interpretation of the 18th century French play is a co-production between Third Party and Bord Carte, companies noted for their audacious, fast-paced interpretations of classics.

Halfway

Feet

Thu 26 – Sat 28 March

Thu 2 – Sat 4 April

Halfway examines a young man's rite of passage, exploring sexuality, coming of age and the mortality of those closest to him.

Feet examines the darker aspects of urban life. Characters that are as engaging as they are intimidating fuse gang culture with the mundanity of middleclass existence. This new piece of writing by Mini Suharwardy explores morality, tolerance and justice in a surprisingly intriguing and provocative manner.

Performed by Phil Minns and Sarah Bacon, you are drawn into the naïve world of this teenager. Text and movement intertwine to create images of the young man’s thoughts, feelings, real moments, human contact and intimacy.

No one stays at the top forever. SCOTT-DAVIDSON PRODUCTIONS THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS £10 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

THIRD PARTY PRODUCTIONS THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 8PM TICKETS £12 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

DNA RESOURCE THE STUDIO TIMES EVES 7.45PM TICKETS APEX £5, STANDARD £7.50, ON THE DAY £10

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An Inspector Calls By JB Priestley. Directed by Stephen Daldry.

Tue 5 – Sat 9 May From the Director of the Academy Award-winning blockbuster The Hours and one of Britain’s best-loved films Billy Elliot, now an Olivier Award-winning musical, the magnificent West End and Broadway production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls returns to The Lowry. Originally produced by the National Theatre, the epic staging, raw emotion and sweeping score are just some of the ingredients that have made An Inspector Calls a smash hit all over the world, winning 19 major awards, more than any other play in history. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.

‘A thrilling piece of theatre which must be seen… Don’t dare miss it.’ Daily Mail

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED, THU & SAT MATS 2PM TICKETS TUE – THU EVES & SAT MAT £16, £18, £20, £22, WED & THU MATS £12.50, £14.50, £16.50, £18.50, £20.50, FRI & SAT EVES £18, £20, £22, £24 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF SCHOOLS £10 MON – THU ONLY

‘A thrilling, magisterial production.’

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Tue 20 – Sat 24 January Winner of Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Entertainment 2006. A huge hit at the Bolton Octagon and a sell-out in London, this laugh-out-loud musical comedy, based on the award-winning Last of the Blonde Bombshells starring Dame Judi Dench, is packed with 1940s classics performed live by a sensational eight-piece swing band. The celebrated Blonde Bombshells, the most glamorous of all-girl swing bands, manages to lose members every time it plays a GI camp! Now there’s an important BBC job in the offing and bandleader Betty needs to find new musicians - fast! With an eccentric bunch of riotous new recruits – including naïve schoolgirl Liz, who plays a mean clarinet; Miranda, an upper-crust saxophonist; singing nun Lily; and Patrick, a male drummer willing to wear a frock to avoid a drafting – Betty and her band prepare to make the journey to a secret BBC recording, and potential fame and fortune. Packed with toe-tapping tunes by Fats Waller, The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and many more, this sparking and hilarious musical play will have you roaring with delight and is guaranteed to send you home with a smile and a swing!

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED, THU & SAT MATS 2.30PM TICKETS TUE – THU EVES & SAT MAT £20 & £22, WED & THU MATS £18 & £20, FRI & SAT EVES £18, £20, £22, £24 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘An absolute blast – go see and enjoy.’

Image features previous cast.

The Daily Telegraph


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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Mon 26 – Sat 31 January It’s had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe and now Buddy, dubbed ‘the world’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical’, is back on its farewell tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the day the music died. On 3rd February 1959, as the world was perched on the brink of the most exciting musical decade in history, the young genius who made it all possible was tragically killed, aged just 22, leaving behind a legacy of over 30 timeless hits. With a multi-talented cast, Buddy tells his story and features his greatest hits including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, True Love Ways, Oh Boy, Heartbeat and many more. With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, this toe-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza will have the audience rocking and bopping in the aisles.

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MAT 2.30PM TICKETS EVES £21, £23, £25, £27, MATS £16, £18, £20, £22 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF EXCEPT FRI & SAT EVES SCHOOLS £8.50 MON – THU ONLY

‘Ludicrously enjoyable. Exhilarating.’

‘A great night out. Guaranteed.’

The Daily Telegraph

The Sun

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Thu 29 January Post Show Talk Free to ticket holders. Lyric Theatre


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Innit: Urban Musical Tue 27 – Sat 31 January Salford is no taste of honey. This Salford is soaked in salt ‘n’ vinegar. Brilliant, witty and double-distilled, Innit: Urban Musical will leave a warm glow of optimism long after the shock of having your car nicked. After last year’s sell-out success as part of The Lowry’s Salford Season, Innit is back with an exciting new team, zigzagging through Salford’s mean streets in a stolen ‘B-mer’. Will Ashley go straight or straight back to the slammer? High expectations in a low-life, high-rise world. Survival is instinctive. What Billy Elliot did for dance, Innit does for Salford. This production is as sharp and shiny as razor wire. With music by Adam Burns, Ed Kainyek and Micky Dacks and additional scenes by Shirley Diver.

BY MICKY DACKS DIRECTED BY MICKY DACKS AND PAUL KONDRAS QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 7PM, WED & SAT MATS 2PM TICKET £15; SALFORD RESIDENTS £10 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘A freshness and theatrical immediacy…this is a real achievement.’ Willy Russell


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Cirque de Glace Wed 18 – Sun 22 February

Cirque de Glace is a unique combination of world class skating and unforgettable spectacle. Achieving a new standard in ice show presentation, the critically acclaimed Russian Ice Stars combine with the magical world of cirque, in an eclectic mix of spectacle and ice dance which promises to be both heart stopping and jaw dropping.

Cirque de Glace brings to life the story of the creation of our planet, man’s evolution and much more... The first stunning scenes ignite the atmosphere as planet Earth is born in an incredible fusion of visual effects, explosive Olympic-standard skating and mesmerising performances from the amazing stars of cirque. This new genre of ice show is guaranteed to stimulate, dazzle, entertain and thrill all ages. So be there, as Cirque de Glace hits the live entertainment world like a meteor and an explosion of fire and ice takes place before your very eyes.

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES WED - SAT EVES 7.30PM, THU, SAT & SUN MATS 2PM TICKETS CHILDREN £10, £11, £12.50, £13.50, ADULTS £20, £22, £25, £27 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘An absolute blast – go see and enjoy.’

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Birmingham Royal Ballet

Pomp and Circumstances Tue 31 March & Wed 1 April

Sylvia Thu 2 – Sat 4 April Pomp and Circumstances

Sylvia

A wonderful opportunity to see three very different ballets: beautiful pure dance, an Edwardian period piece and a perennially popular showstopper.

When marital strife between Count Guccioli and his wife threatens to disrupt their anniversary celebration, and the Count's infidelities endanger the fledgling union between their servants Sylvia and Amyntas, it is left to Eros the God of Love to reconcile them. He takes them back in time to mythical Rome for a humorous trip to learn some valuable lessons in love.

Serenade is a beautiful abstract dance created by Balanchine together with the glorious music of Tchaikovsky.

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‘Still Life' at the Penguin Café gives you the chance, through David Bintley's witty choreography, to meet a many and varied, amusing and touching array of creatures seeking shelter from the storm.

David Bintley brings his unrivalled comic talent to this new version of a classic ballet featuring a beautiful score by Leo Délibes and a colourful cast of Gods and Goddesses, slave girls and pirates in this eagerly anticipated revival.

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Enigma Variations shows Edward Elgar and his friends brought to life.

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‘'Still Life' at the Penguin Café, Robert Parker as Texan Kangaroo Rat. Photo © Bill Cooper.

Birmingham Royal Ballet return in July...


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Spring/Summer Ticket Deal Birmingham Royal Ballet return in July with two mixed bills, Love and Loss and Sir Fred and Mr B. See three Birmingham Royal Ballet shows between Spring and Summer and get the third half-price or see four and get the fourth free.

Wed 1 & Thu 2 July Love and Loss Galanteries features sublime pure dance to Mozart's beautiful music. The Dance House is a beautiful and powerful meditation on death. Hilarious havoc ensues in The Dream when Oberon, King of the Fairies, takes revenge on his Queen and attempts to help a quartet of young lovers. Set to Mendelssohn's great score.

Fri 3 & Sat 4 July Sir Fred and Mr B. The Two Pigeons follows Sir Frederick Ashton's simple love story in which, despite temptation, true love conquers all. In Mozartiana, we enjoy George Balanchine at his effervescent best.

Enigma Variations, Silvia Jimenez as The Lady and Jonathan Payn as Edward Elgar. Photo © Bill Cooper.

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM, WED MAT 2PM, SAT MAT 2.30PM TICKETS EVES & SAT MAT £16, £20, £26, £32, £37, WED MAT £15, £18, £23, £27, £33 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF FAMILY TICKET UP TO TWO CHILDREN GO HALF-PRICE WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY ONE FULL-PAYING ADULT SCHOOLS £10 WED MAT ONLY

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Bare Bones 6

Richard Alston Dance Company

Tue 10 & Wed 11 February

Tue 10 March

Photo © Johan Persson

Presented in the round, six superb dancers present the work of three internationally renowned choreographers. Container, a piece created in angular patterns by one of Europe’s most inventive choreographers, Rui Horta, opens this brand new show. In contrast, Magnification by Australian Dance Theatre’s Garry Stewart puts the inner workings of the body under the magnifying glass. A solo piece by the UK’s Charlotte Vincent, renowned for her emotionally bold choreography, completes the evening.

A revival of the iconic Movements from Petrushka set to Stravinsky’s own piano arrangement is also included. For details of the full programme visit www.thelowry.com.

Bare Bones is a unique touring company produced and managed by DanceXchange (the National Dance Agency for Birmingham & the West Midlands).

DX PRODUCTIONS QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM TICKETS £12 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF SCHOOLS £8.50

Tonight’s performance features Richard Alston’s latest work Blow Over, which was greeted by standing ovations at its recent world première. Set to Philip Glass’s explosive Songs from Liquid Days, it features lyrics by songwriters Suzanne Vega and Paul Simon.

‘It’s about as up close and personal as dance gets.’

Metro

OFF THE STAGE Sat 7 March Youth Workshop Led by experienced dance artists and accompanied by live music, you will learn repertoire and get a flavour of the technical and choreographic style of Richard Alston Suitable for intermediate levels aged 12+ with some dance experience. Capacity 30 Times 1pm – 2.30pm Tickets £10 (£8 Salford residents) The Studio

Sat 7 March Open Workshop Led by experienced dance artists and accompanied by live music, take part in a contemporary warm-up and learn some of the inspiring choreography that will be performed at the theatre. Suitable for intermediate levels aged 14+. Capacity 30 Times 3pm – 4.30pm 14+ Tickets £10 (£8 Salford residents) The Studio

Tue 10 March LYRIC THEATRE TIMES 7.30PM TICKETS £10, £14, £16, £18 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF SCHOOLS £9

‘The best British dance maker since Ashton.’

Pre Show Talk Capacity 40 Times 6.30pm – 7pm Free to ticket holders but must be booked in advance. The Studio

Financial Times on Richard Alston Dance Company


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Fri 6 & Sat 7 March Fresh from a sell-out tour of the UK in Autumn 2008, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo come to The Lowry. Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts presenting a playful, entertaining view of classical ballet in parody form, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts and are now treasured all around the world. Affectionately known as The Trocks, this company of professional male dancers presents an inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their brilliant comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces!

‘The Trocks deliver a kick from a steel toe-cap in a silky pointed shoe.’

The Daily Telegraph

THE DANCE CONSORTIUM LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM TICKETS £16, £20, £25, £28, £30, £32 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

OFF THE STAGE

Fri 6 March Open Rehearsal See how a performance comes together. Please note dancers will be in practice clothing. There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the afternoon and a brief introduction by the Artistic Director or Ballet Master after class. All welcome. Times 4.20pm – 6.20pm Free to ticket holders of the Fri 6 March performance. Lyric Theatre

Fri 6 March 7.30pm Post Show Talk Free to ticket holders. Lyric Theatre

Sat 7 March Masterclass Experience the style and choreography of this world-class company as Ballet Master Paul Ghiselin takes you through your paces. Suitable for dance professionals and teachers aged 18+. Capacity 20 Times 11am – 12.30pm Tickets £10 (£8 Salford residents and concessions) The Studio

‘This is the funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet.’

The Sunday Times


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The Blank Album

Designer Body

Wed 11 March

Fri 13 & Sat 14 March

Choreographed by Natasha Gilmore, dubbed ‘the Catherine Tate of contemporary dance’, and with music composed by Quee MacArthur of cult Scottish band Shooglenifty, The Blank Album is live music, comedy and dance that literally rocks! An album of original and flamboyantly rock ’n’ roll songs is performed by dancers who not only play their instruments but dance with them, taking the imagery of air guitars to the next level and beyond. This dance theatre piece featuring guitars, fiddle, cello, percussion and voice is hysterical yet strikingly poetic.

A celebration of the body transformed. The piece celebrates the exceptional grace and strength of seven dancers as they balance, revolving on their own electrically powered turntables. Dressed in full-length garments that accentuate and distort the stature and elegance of their bodies, clothing slips away through the choreography until the couture designed body presented at the beginning of the performance evolves into a nude sculptural form – a completely different kind of designer body. A specially commissioned work by zoviet:france accompanies the dance work with a powerfully atmospheric score.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £10 & £12 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF SCHOOLS £8.50

BALLET LORENT QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 8PM TICKETS £13 & £15 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘Brilliant.’ The Times

‘Packed with catchy tunes and quirky choreography.’

OFF THE STAGE

Fri 13 March Post Show Talk Free to ticket holders. Quays Theatre

The Scotsman on The Blank Album


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Tue 10 – Sat 14 February Following the huge success of the Imperial War Museum North’s family friendly exhibition based on The Frightful First World War, we’re proud to announce the return of Horrible Histories to The Lowry. Using actors and amazing 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill as historical figures and events come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. Written by Terry Deary – the world’s best selling non-fiction writer for children – these ground-breaking theatrical presentations will leave you gasping! The Frightful First World War Come and experience the front line of the worst war ever. Relive the terror of the trenches and deal with dreadful new weapons. Join the soldiers as they go over the top and prepare yourself for battle! The Woeful Second World War From the brutal Blitz to the soggy shelters, join young Alf and Sally as they are evacuated to darkest Wales, where they deal with rotten rations, scary schools and new parents! But the bombers are on their way so be sure to take cover!

THE BIRMINGHAM STAGE COMPANY LYRIC THEATRE TIMES WWI WED 1.30PM, THU 10.30AM, FRI 7PM, SAT 2.30PM; WWII TUE & SAT 7PM, WED & FRI 10.30AM, THU 1.30PM, TICKETS CHILDREN £6, £8, £10, £12, ADULTS £9, £11, £13, £15 CONCESSIONS £3 OFF FAMILY TICKET £24, £32, £40, £48 SCHOOLS £9 DAYTIME PERFORMANCES ONLY

OFF THE STAGE

Wed 11 February

Thu 12 February

Post Show Talk 1.30pm Free to ticket holders. Lyric Theatre

Post Show Talk 1.30pm Free to ticket holders. Lyric Theatre

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LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure Wed 8 – Sun 12 April Swashbuckling fun for all the family starring UK cast. Hot on the heels of the phenomenally successful first ever LazyTown Live! (The Lowry, 2008) comes a brand new show that’s guaranteed to make superheroes of you all. Get ready for star-jumps, power-moves, laugh out-loud fun, sing-along songs and dancing in the aisles when LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure sails into town. You’ll be transported onto the high seas through an even higher-energy story full of parrots, pieces of eight and buried treasure. It’ll shiver your timbers! What’s more, you’ll be joined by your favourite LazyTown friends. So shout ‘Ahoy there!’ to Stephanie and Sportacus – even Robbie Rotten who, given half the chance, would have Sportacus walking the plank so laziness could rule in LazyTown. Come aboard! Book your tickets and help Sportacus save LazyTown today!

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES WED – SAT EVES 5PM, FRI MAT 2PM, SAT & SUN 11AM & 2PM TICKETS CHILDREN £10, £14.50, £16.50, £26.50, ADULTS £12, £16.50, £18.50, £28.50 FAMILY TICKET £65 (4 TOP-PRICE SEATS, EXCLUDES SUPER SEATS)

Book the best seats in the house and get a goodie bag with a souvenir brochure for each child.

SUPER SEATS


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SpongeBob SquarePants in A New Musical Wed 15 – Sun 19 April Take a look at what’s surfacing on a stage at The Lowry...SpongeBob SquarePants: The Sponge Who Could Fly! Join SpongeBob, Patrick and their zany Bikini Bottom pals in a new musical as SpongeBob embarks on his dream to fly with the jellyfish. Will he take flight, or will his dream come crashing down to the ocean floor? It’s a tale too exciting to be kept undersea! So dive into the UK stage première of the exciting musical about dreams, friendship and soaring to new heights, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Sponge Who Could Fly!

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES WED – SAT EVES 7PM, THU – SAT MATS 3PM, SUN 11AM & 2PM TICKETS CHILDREN £7.50, £10, £12.50 ADULTS £15, £20, £25 FAMILY TICKET £70 (4 TOP-PRICE SEATS)

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Baa Moo Yellow Dog

Sat 10 January

Sat 14 February

Sun 1 March

Romeo and Juliet – The Musical

The Tempest – The Musical Wed 4 March

Tue 3 March Mr Grinling the Lighthouse Keeper tends his lighthouse come rain or shine. Every day Mrs Grinling makes him a delicious lunch and sends it out across the sea to the lighthouse. But Mr Grinling isn’t the only one who enjoys the tasty food. Some greedy seagulls keep stealing his lunch! Using an innovative set, puppets, and sounds of the sea, the audience will be transported from the cliffs, across the sea to the lighthouse.

Based on the best-selling book by Giles Andreae and illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, this funny and touching story, told with bewitching music and beautifully carved puppets, will take you deep into the jungle.

Suitable for ages 3-7.

Suitable for ages 4-7.

THE PIED PIPER THEATRE COMPANY THE STUDIO TIMES 1PM & 3PM TICKETS CHILDREN £5, ADULTS £8

BLUNDERBUS THEATRE COMPANY THE STUDIO TIMES 11AM & 1PM TICKETS CHILDREN £5.50, ADULTS £8.50

Gerald the giraffe was not a good dancer. Every year he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But one beautiful moonlit night, Gerald discovers that when we’re different, sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to…

Where are you when sheep moo like cows, pigs have wings and a horse lives in an apple tree? In Ash's colourful imaginary world…a world where things are not what they first seem. Join Ash as he looks in holes, turns corners, and hops, skips and jumps over cracks. You might even see a yellow dog.

Two families. One longstanding feud. Two young people destined to fall in love…and die.

A storm! A shipwreck! An enchanted island! All under the magical spell of one man – Prospero, the former Duke of Milan.

Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story in the world, is brilliantly and often hilariously brought to life in this vibrant, fun-filled, rock ‘n’ rolling Shakespeare 4 Kidz musical adaptation of the classic tragedy.

Shakespeare 4 Kidz’ The Tempest is a mystical, magical, mysterious, musical romantic comedy of revenge, a father’s love for his daughter and the misuse of power.

Perfect for those studying Shakespeare at Key Stages 2 and 3.

Shakespeare 4 Kidz blow up a storm with this version of the Bard’s final play.

Suitable for ages 2-5.

Ideal for those studying Shakespeare at Key Stages 2 and 3. HALF MOON THE STUDIO TIMES 12PM & 3PM TICKETS CHILDREN £5.50, ADULTS £8.50

SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDZ LYRIC THEATRE TIMES 1.30PM & 7.30PM TICKETS CHILDREN £9, ADULTS £15

SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDZ LYRIC THEATRE TIMES 10AM & 1.30PM TICKETS CHILDREN £9, ADULTS £15

Don’t forget you can also book Family Teas before selected theatre shows.


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Grandpa Joe’s Magic Show Sat 21 March

Photo © Rob Levine

Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! Sat 11 April

Grandpa Joe has flown away to join the angels and Molly misses him terribly. In fact, everybody misses him. Mum doesn’t smile anymore and Shaggy Dog hasn’t wagged his tail in ages. One day a very special parcel arrives; a box full of magic tricks, and Molly has a clever idea, something to make everyone smile again. She'll put on the most spectacular magic show and invite her Grandpa's friends along!

The pigeon is back following the hugely popular Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! Full of fun and feathers, laughter and excitement, this show features original music and lots of audience participation. It’s getting late and the bus driver wants Pigeon to go to bed, all his friends want him to go to bed, the question is...will you let him stay up late? Suitable for ages 3-7.

Suitable for ages 4-7. BLUNDERBUS THEATRE COMPANY THE STUDIO TIMES 11AM & 1PM TICKETS CHILDREN £5, ADULTS £8

BIG WOODEN HORSE THE STUDIO TIMES 11AM & 1PM TICKETS CHILDREN £5.50, ADULTS £8.50

Peter Pan Thu 23 – Sun 26 April The classic adventure comes to life in a stunning new production by three leading theatres when Scotland’s Visible Fictions combines forces with American company The Children’s Theatre Company and renowned Italian Shadow Artist Fabrizio Montecchi. With a brilliant fusion of shadow puppetry and vibrant storytelling, Peter, Captain Hook, Wendy and the Lost Boys play out their adventures in an ever-changing and exhilarating Neverland unlike any seen before on stage. A thrilling, dark and surprising production. Presented by arrangement with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French, Ltd.

SUITAB LE FOR AGES 8 +

A CO-PRODUCTION FROM VISIBLE FICTIONS AND THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY, MINNEAPOLIS ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY DOUGLAS IRVINE FROM THE NOVEL BY J.M. BARRIE THE STUDIO TIMES THU 10.30AM, FRI 10.30AM & 7PM, SAT 2PM & 7PM, SUN 12PM & 3PM TICKETS CHILDREN £6.50, ADULTS £9

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Regular Family Activities

February Half Term

Every Saturday except for Sat 3 January. Saturday Playhouse – Make your Own Art Create an exciting work of art using a variety of art and craft ideas, from making 3D models and sculptures, to inventive drawing and painting techniques.

Sat 14, Sun 15, Sat 21 & Sun 22 February Art Zone – Pop-up Cards Learn how to bring your pictures to life and make fantastic pop-up cards to surprise your family and friends!

Sun 4 January, 8 February, 8 March & 5 April Music Baby! Mr Scruff’s clubbing event for every generation of music lovers - think Minnie Riperton and classic Sesame Street rather than Tellytubbies and the Macarena. Suitable for under 5s.

Mon 16, Tue17, Wed 18, Thu 19 & Fri 20 February Art Zone – Big Head! Create larger-than-life masks of your favourite star, family member or even yourself, then show it off and be a real big head.

Fri 16, 30 January, 13, 27 February, 13 & 27 March Under 5s First Steps Explore creativity through movement in our fun introduction to dance. Each session is themed and varied but certain exercises are repeated to encourage physical awareness and progress. Suitable for ages 2½ - 4½. Fri 23 January, 27 February, 20 March & 24 April Under 5s Art - Doodle Tots Paint, stick, play and make in this colourful workshop. Explore art, sound, texture and materials and have fun getting messy! Suitable for ages 2½ - 4½. Sun 25 January, 22 February, 29 March & 26 April Free Family Sunday Join us in the Galleries on the last Sunday of every month where you’ll discover fun art and drama activities. Check www.thelowry.com for details of each month’s activity. Sun 8 February & 18 March Ballroom Sunday This fun-packed family event begins with a ballroom workshop in the morning followed by a tea dance in the afternoon. All welcome.

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Tue 17, Wed 18, Thu 19 & Fri 20 February Drama Zone - Behind the Mask Create your own character and story, then put your creative skills to the test and perform with others using drama, movement and music.

Easter Mon 6, Tue 7, Wed 8 & Thu 9 April Art Zone – Make your Own T-Shirt Show off your artistic skills by designing and painting your own unique T-shirt to take home and wear with pride. Tue 7, Wed 8 & Thu 9 April Drama Zone – Lets Do Fun! Explore your favourite characters in this feast of fast-paced fun and drama games. Easter Monday 13 April Art Zone – Tiny Dancers Whether you’re into ballroom, hip-hop or a true disco diva, be inspired by our dance exhibition and make your own fantastic finger puppet to take home. Tue 14, Wed 15, Thu 16 & Fri 17 April Art Zone – Painting to Music Paint to the rhythm of a drum, draw to the beat of songs and let your imagination take you on an exciting journey full of sound and colour.

Unless otherwise stated, activities are suitable for ages 5-11 and are designed for the whole family. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Visit www.thelowry.com or contact Box Office for information on times and prices.


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Enter the world of the snobbish and manic Basil, his domineering wife Sybil and their hopeless language-challenged waiter Manuel. Be one of the constantly bemused guests trying to make Manuel understand what you want. Everything that can go wrong will - in fact this is best described as organised chaos!! The Interactive Theatre Australia team of Nigel Bell (Basil), Tony Nixon (Manuel) and Alison Pollard-Mansergh (Sybil) have received international acclaim performing in sell-out seasons throughout Australia and at their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2008. This 2-hour interactive performance revolves around a 3-course meal in The Lowry Restaurant, starting as guests are seated, and concluding as your dessert is served. Basil requests no riff-raff please!

‘Nothing Faulty With This Dinner: The only problem you might find is that you laugh so hard you end up with indigestion.’ ##### Edinburgh Evening News INTERACTIVE THEATRE AUSTRALIA THE LOWRY RESTAURANT TIMES TUE – THU EVES 7.30PM, FRI & SAT EVES 8PM, SAT & SUN 2PM TICKETS TUE - THU EVES & MATS £37, FRI & SAT EVES £42 (INCLUDES 3-COURSE MEAL)

‘Two hours of fast-paced laughs and utter chaos.’

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Fascinating Aida Fri 16 & Sat 17 January

Robin Ince – Bleeding Heart Liberal Sat 17 January

Rhod Gilbert & The AwardWinning Mince Pie

Stephen K Amos – Find the Funny

Chris McCausland

Sat 24 January

Sun 1 February

Be sure to catch Chris McCausland’s unique brand of award-winning stand-up in his Lowry debut! With no arty farty theme and no PowerPoint presentations, this promises to be a laughpacked show of random stand-up from the world’s only blind comedian.

Sun 18 January Not a comeback, just a quarter-century birthday celebration. 25 years ago, Dillie Keane formed Fascinating Aida and has tried to shake it off ever since. It keeps coming back to haunt her - and you. Now with new songs and playing to an even older audience than before! Shuffle to get a ticket, grumble at the steepness of the stairs, thrill to the beauty of the harmonies, marvel at the rhymes and laugh in the certainty that your pacemaker will look after your heart.

A regular on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and a frequent guest on The Now Show, Nevermind the Buzzcocks, The Comedy Store and Mock the Week. Robin Ince presents his brand new stand-up show. He mixes up stories of childbirth, astronomy, evolutionary conundrums, a to-do with Vanessa Feltz and a crazed preacher, plus readings from his new favourite charity shop finds. Will anything top the bizarre blouse removal advice of The Secrets of Picking Up Sexy Girls?

The multi-award-winning Welsh misery returns with his hilarious if.comedy nominated show. This year, he’s decided to abandon his fictional tales of Llanbobl and try living in the real world. In a service station, at about 2.40am, Rhod aggressively demands to know more about the 'Award-Winning Mince Pie' on display. Suddenly aware of what he is doing, he is forced to acknowledge that he may be having a very mild nervous breakdown. This is the slightly ridiculous story of how one mince pie broke the camel’s back.

Star of Live at the Apollo, Royal Variety Show and a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, the inimitable Stephen K Amos returns to The Lowry with his brand new show. Choosing an audience member at random to record the number of laughs and rounds of applause, with the total announced at the end of the show, Stephen extracts humour from his race and upbringing; ever willing to tell a story from his childhood and emphasise how today’s youth have it so much better.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM TICKETS £16 & £18 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

THE STUDIO TIMES 8PM TICKETS £14 CONCESSIONS £4 OFF

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £14 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £14 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘You’ll laugh until you actually cry.’

‘He delivers his punch lines with all the precision of a stealth bomber, McCausland is the genuine article, a comedian with a true talent.’ The Edinburgh Guide

THE STUDIO TIMES 7.45PM TICKETS £12, FIRST 40 TICKETS HALF-PRICE CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

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Count Arthur Strong – The Man Behind the Smile Sun 8 February

Justin Moorhouse’s Ever Decreasing Social Circle

Totally Looped Thu 26 February

Jon Richardson – Dogmatic Fri 27 February

Phil Buckley – Stupid World Tour Fri 20 March

Fri 13 February Following his previous successful visits, Count Arthur Strong returns to The Lowry to take us back through his years in showbiz via some fantastic ‘archive’ footage. Fresh from the continued success of his BBC Radio 4 comedy series, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend and raconteur, reminds us just what we've been missing since his last television series, The Robin Hood Club, was axed in 1960 something.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £14 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

The star of Phoenix Nights and Key103 returns with a brand new show. In the age of Facebook and Myspace, Justin has decided he doesn’t want any new friends. He’s got enough. In fact, he needs to drop a few. His Nana once said you are blessed if you can count your friends on the fingers of one hand, so join Justin as he explores his address book and begins to purge. Who goes, who stays…he decides.

‘Easily my favourite comedian.’ Jimmy Carr

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKET £15 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

Love comedy? Love film? Direct from Hollywood, Totally Looped is Mock the Week meets YouTube, a hilarious all-improvised show in which top comics dub new dialogue to old movie clips, creating a spontaneous festival of The Funniest Movies Never Made! Guest stars Hattie Hayridge (Red Dwarf), Manchesterbased Toby Hadoke (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, The Lowry 2007) and 2008 if.comedy nominee Pippa Evans join a team of top improvisers for a unique evening of entertainment. QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £14 & £16 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

2007 if.comedy Best Newcomer Award nominee and winner of Chortle Breakthrough Act Award 2008, Jon has been described as ‘a junior version of Victor Meldrew, only wittier and more northern’ (The Scotsman). Dogmatic is a word that Jon found in the dictionary to define his character ‘a person that asserts opinion, who cannot be swayed by rational argument’… and Jon likes to argue! Jon has supported Alan Carr on his national tour and can be heard as co-host of the BBC 6music’s Russell Howard Show.

Back by popular demand with his new show filled with hilarious anecdotes and observations. A regular on TV and radio, Phil is widely regarded as a rising star of the comedy circuit and one to watch. Having travelled all over the world and seen many funny things, leading to the realisation that stupidity is funny, Phil takes a long look at the stupidity of the world when compared with his own. This show is a study of what it takes to make a truly bad idea.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £12

THE STUDIO TIMES 7.45PM TICKETS £10 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

‘Character comedy at it’s absolute finest.’

The Daily Telegraph on Count Arthur Strong


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Mark Watson – All The Thoughts I’ve Had Since I Was Born

Learn to Play the Ukulele in Under an Hour (How George

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Sun 29 March

Thu 30 April

Times 2pm & 7pm Tickets Adults £14, Children £10

Having completed a 100date tour, recorded the second series of his Radio 4 show Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, trained as a climate change lecturer under Al Gore, performed another 24-hour show, written his third book and continued his regular appearances on the likes of Mock The Week, Mark is now one of Britain’s mostdiscussed comedians, but also, very tired. In this brand new show, Mark tries to chronicle every thought he has ever had and describes his attempts to save his sanity.

The sell-out Edinburgh hit! This 55-minute pluckfest is specifically designed to get you giddy with four-stringed delight. Sam and Donal, your tutors for the evening, will guide you through the basics of the ukulele…and help relieve your personal blues as well.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £15

You’ll pick up your ukulele (provided during the show) to learn four chords, a handful of songs, and just how this little instrument is the new Prozac. Written with Sally Phillips (Smack the Pony). Suitable for ages 13+.

THE STUDIO TIMES 8PM TICKETS £12

Sun 11 January Sing-a-long-a Hairspray

Sun 11 January Paul Carrack Times 7.30pm Tickets £24.50

Sun 1 February The Pretty Things Times 7.30pm Tickets £22.50

Sun 15 February Tom Paxton – Comedians & Angels Tour Part Two Times 8pm Tickets £20

Sun 8 & 22 March Andy Parsons Live 2009 Times Eves 8pm Tickets £15

Sun 5 April The Hollies Times 7.30pm Tickets £20 - £26 (Concs £1.50 off)

Richard Thompson – 1000 Years of Popular Music

Keith James & Rick Foot – The Songs of Nick Drake

Sun 18 January

Sun 18 January

Displaying his trademark humour in the selection of songs, Thompson takes you on a journey from the ballads of the Middle Ages to more modern songs by artists such as Nat King Cole, Nelly Furtado, Gilbert and Sullivan and The Who. Treating each song as if it were his own, Thompson’s uncanny genius is evident in his astonishing guitar technique that sees him juggling simultaneous lead, rhythm and bass parts on the same six strings. With accompaniment from Judith Owen and Debra Dobkin.

Nick Drake will always be seen as a landmark of creativity. A complex and melancholy character, he released only three LPs in his lifetime. His music has since found a new audience in later generations. Keith James’ voice and acoustic guitar are complemented by Rick Foot’s inventive double bass parts, not in imitation but in appreciation of his exceptional, timeless music. Includes the screening of a new documentary about Nick’s life and music, featuring Ashley Hutchings, Katherine Williams, John Renbourn and Ralph McTell.

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES 7.30PM TICKETS £25

THE STUDIO TIMES 8PM TICKETS £12

‘The highest achiever Edinburgh has seen this decade’ The Times on Mark Watson


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Preston Reed Wed 4 February

Jonatha Brooke – The Undiscovered Songs of Woody Guthrie

Elaine Paige Sun 1 & Mon 2 March

Björn Again 20th Anniversary

John Renbourn & Robin Williamson

Thu 12 March

Sun 5 April

John Renbourn is one of the most influential songwriters and guitarists of our time, who alongside Bert Jansch, formed the hugely influential Pentangle in the late 60s and almost single-handedly transformed traditional music in this country. Robin Wiliamson is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist with a similarly distinguished pedigree – a founder member of The Incredible String Band. Now touring as a duo to present a relaxed evening of good humour, exceptional musicianship and exhilarating music from two genuine legends.

Sun 1 March Drawing on blues, rock, funk and jazz influences, Preston’s vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectations of a guitarist. First-time listeners find it impossible to believe that they're hearing just the one musician, in real time. While never letting his extraordinary technique overshadow the beauty of his music, at full tilt, his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands suggest a drummer, keyboardist, bassist and several guitarists at work. The phrase ‘has to be seen to be believed’ has never been more true!

Critically acclaimed American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonatha Brooke is one of a select group of artists to be given access to the thousands of previously unheard lyrics written by Woody Guthrie, legend of American folk blues. Jonatha has set Guthrie's lyrics to new, contemporary music, and the results are revelatory: powerful, evocative songs that capture Guthrie's beautiful, panoramic lyricism and bring it into the 21st century. The result is The Works and this is your chance to experience something magical

Elaine Paige, as an actress, recording artist and producer, has made a major contribution to the modern musical which ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title The First Lady of British Musical Theatre. In this special 40th Anniversary celebration she takes a journey through her remarkable career since 1968. Revisiting her awardwinning roles, she recaptures her performances in the shows she made famous including Evita, Cats, Chess, Piaf and Sunset Boulevard.

Following the huge cinematic hit of Mamma Mia! this Summer, experience the magic of ABBA once more by joining us to celebrate Björn Again’s 20th Anniversary! So put on your dancing shoes and head to The Lowry as Björn Again perform the greatest hits of ABBA with songs like Fernando, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Waterloo.

THE STUDIO TIMES 8PM TICKETS £14 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £15 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM TICKETS £27.50, £32.50, £35 CONCESSIONS £3 OFF

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES 7.30PM TICKETS £15

Guarnateed to be a great night out!

THE STUDIO TIMES 8PM TICKETS £15 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

Music and comedy events get added to our programme all the time. Register at www.thelowry.com/mylowry and be the first to know when a show goes on sale.


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Show of Hands Sun 19 April

Voted Best Live Act by the general public in the 2004 Radio 2 Folk Awards and with fans such as Peter Gabriel, Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris, Show of Hands are dubbed one of England’s most successful acoustic bands. Following their phenomenal sell-out performance in 2006, Show of Hands, along with special guest Miranda Sykes, return to The Lowry for another evening of great music.

An Evening with Pam Ayres

Karen Darke If You Fall

Tony Benn & Roy Bailey

Sun 22 February

Wed 25 February

Sun 8 March

Pam Ayres returns to The Lowry with her current show, which includes material from her bestselling books, Surgically Enhanced, With These Hands and The Works, along with some new poems and stories. Her books regularly appear in The Sunday Times bestseller charts and many of her poems feature in school textbooks around the world. She’s a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 in Just A Minute, That Reminds Me, and in her own series Ayres On The Air and Potting On.

Karen Darke is an extraordinary adventurer. Four years after being paralysed from the chest down in a rock climbing accident, Karen set out on a hand bike to cross the Tien Shan and Karakoram mountains of Central Asia. This was to be the first of many adventures which included her hand cycling the length of the Japanese archipelago and the Indian Himalaya, sea kayaking the Canada–Alaska coastline and making a recordbreaking 600km crossing of the Greenland ice cap.

Following its sell-out success in 2006, The Writing On The Wall - An Anthology of Dissent In Words and Music returns to The Lowry. This witty, perceptive and thoughtprovoking two-man show of songs and stories features popular folk singer Roy Bailey and retired MP, Tony Benn, one of the most colourful public figures of the past fifty years. Tony tells of public resistance to the political will dating back to the earliest days of British democracy, while Roy punctuates the show with musical illustrations.

Derren Brown Wed 29 April – Sat 2 May

Following the sell-out successes of his previous visits, Derren Brown returns to The Lowry. On stage as well as on TV Derren Brown is in a class of his own, exhilarating audiences with his unique brand of intelligent and theatrical entertainment. His pioneering blend of psychology, illusion and showmanship makes for a stunning and dramatic evening in the hands of a master performer. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world – book now to avoid disappointment. Suitable for ages 12+.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 7.30PM TICKETS £17

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 5PM TICKETS £17.50 CONCESSIONS £1 OFF

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 8PM TICKETS £15 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 2PM TICKETS £16 CONCESSIONS £1 OFF

LYRIC THEATRE TIMES EVES 7.30PM TICKETS £25 & £27.50

‘Pam Ayres carries the audience in the palm of her hand.’

Daily Express


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Salford Young Musician Showcase

Playback Theatre

Danceworks

Sun 1 February

Sun 1 February

Tue 20 January

Salford Schools and Community Dance Festival

Spaces Mon 30 March

Mon 9 & Tue 10 March

Salford children showcase their musical talent. Pupils who have shown dedication in learning to sing or play an instrument have been selected to perform a solo in this new annual concert. Every year hundreds of young people from Salford are successful in music exams and the Salford Music and Performing Arts Service's Salford Young Musicians Showcase gives you the opportunity to hear performances from those that have excelled.

Through the unique combination of audience, actors and musicians, Playback will transform your real life experiences instantaneously into theatre. The dynamic improvisation skills and ensemble work can bring laughter, tears, enchantment and connections across the whole audience. Come and watch or take the opportunity to tell your story and experience the magic of Playback as it is played back to you.

Brand new dance works generated in Greater Manchester presented by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester. Celebrating the diverse talents of local groups, from jazz dance to contemporary, South Asian to street dance, from adults to children this promises to entertain, showcase talent and be an extra special evening.

MAPAS THE STUDIO TIMES 7PM TICKETS £4 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

THE STUDIO TIMES 2PM TICKETS £7 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES 7PM TICKETS £6.50 CONCESSIONS £2 OFF

For more information on Dance Initiative Greater Manchester visit the Danceworks page at www.thelowry.com.

Brought to The Lowry by Lights, Music, Acton in association with MAPAS and Salford Community Leisure, this two-day dance festival features Salford schools and community dance providers. Experience an exciting celebration of dance and the wide range of different dance styles available in Salford. Dance Links is an initiative that strives to improve links between schools and dance providers.

QUAYS THEATRE TIMES EVES 7PM TICKETS £7

The Lowry’s in-house community dance company presents its latest work, Spaces, created during a 9week course. Using The Lowry as a starting point, participants have taken inspiration from the architecture, galleries and theatres. The result, which offers a range of inventive contemporary and creative movement, has been shaped in to a group choreography by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ruth Tyson-Jones for this performance.

AD HOC DANCE THE STUDIO TIMES 7.45PM TICKETS £5

For more information on how to take part in our Playback Theatre or Ad Hoc Dance courses visit www.thelowry.com and click on ‘Activities’.


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JANUARY Fri 2 The Wizard of Oz ‘Allo ‘Allo The Night Before Christmas Sat 3 The Wizard of Oz ‘Allo ‘Allo The Night Before Christmas Sun 4 The Wizard of Oz ‘Allo ‘Allo The Night Before Christmas Tue 6 ‘Allo ‘Allo Wed 7 ‘Allo ‘Allo Thu 8 ‘Allo ‘Allo Fri 9 ‘Allo ‘Allo Sat 10 ‘Allo ‘Allo The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch Sun 11 Paul Carrack Sing-a-long-a Hairspray Tue 13 Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Wed 14 Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Ten-Ten Shift Thu 15 Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Ten-Ten Shift Fri 16 Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Fascinating Aida Sat 17 Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Fascinating Aida Robin Ince - Bleeding Heart Liberal Sun 18 Richard Thompson 1000 Years of Popular Music Rhod Gilbert & The Award-Winning Mince Pie Keith James & Rick Foot The Music of Nick Drake Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Tue 20 Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Salford Young Musicians Showcase Wed 21 Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Thu 22 Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Dog Sees God – Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Fri 23 Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Dog Sees God – Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Sat 24 Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Stephen K Amos - Find the Funny Dog Sees God – Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

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JANUARY Mon 26 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Tue 27 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Innit: Urban Musical Wed 28 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Innit: Urban Musical Thu 29 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Innit: Urban Musical Under the Dirt Fri 30 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Innit: Urban Musical Under the Dirt Sat 31 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Innit: Urban Musical Under the Dirt FEBRUARY Sun 1 The Pretty Things Danceworks Playback Theatre Chris McCausland Mon 2 Boeing Boeing Private Peaceful Tue 3 Boeing Boeing Private Peaceful Wed 4 Boeing Boeing Private Peaceful Preston Reed Thu 5 Boeing Boeing Private Peaceful Fri 6 Boeing Boeing Private Peaceful Sat 7 Boeing Boeing Private Peaceful Sun 8 Count Arthur Strong The Man Behind the Smile Mind the Gap Mon 9 Mind the Gap Tue 10 Horrible Histories: The Frightful First World War and Woeful Second World War Bare Bones 6 Wed 11 Horrible Histories: The Frightful First World War and Woeful Second World War Bare Bones 6 Thu 12 Horrible Histories: The Frightful First World War and Woeful Second World War The Game of Two Halves

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FEBRUARY Fri 13 Horrible Histories: The Frightful First World War and Woeful Second World War Justin Moorhouse’s Ever Decreasing Social Circle The Game of Two Halves Sat 14 Horrible Histories: The Frightful First World War and Woeful Second World War Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Sherlock Holmes…The Death and Life Sun 15 Tom Paxton – Comedians & Angles Tour Part Two Mon 16 The Holly and the Ivy Tue 17 The Holly and the Ivy Wed 18 Cirque de Glace The Holly and the Ivy Thu 19 Cirque de Glace The Holly and the Ivy Fri 20 Cirque de Glace The Holly and the Ivy Sat 21 Cirque de Glace The Holly and the Ivy Sun 22 Cirque de Glace An Evening with Pam Ayres Wed 25 Opera North - Tosca Karen Darke - If You Fall Thu 26 Opera North - Skin Deep Totally Looped Company Along the Mile Fri 27 Opera North - Let ‘em Eat Cake Jon Richardson - Dogmatic Company Along the Mile Sat 28 Opera North - Of Thee I Sing Opera North - Let ‘em Eat Cake Company Along the Mile MARCH Sun 1 Elaine Paige Jonatha Brooke – The Undiscovered Songs of Woody Guthrie Baa Moo Yellow Dog Mon 2 Elaine Paige Future Me Tue 3 Shakespeare 4 Kidz Romeo and Juliet - The Musical Don John Future Me

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Shakespeare 4 Kidz The Tempest - The Musical Don John Don John Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Don John Keep the Change Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Don John Keep the Change Andy Parsons Live 2009 Tony Benn & Roy Bailey Salford Schools and Community Dance Festival The False Servant Richard Alston Dance Salford Schools and Community Dance Festival The False Servant The Blank Album Björn Again 20th Anniversary Designer Body Designer Body Calendar Girls Calendar Girls Where There’s A Will Calendar Girls Where There’s A Will Calendar Girls Where There’s A Will Calendar Girls Where There’s A Will Phil Buckley – Stupid World Tour Calendar Girls Where There’s A Will Grandpa Joe’s Magic Show Cirque de Glace Andy Parsons Live 2009 HMS Pinafore Brief Encounter HMS Pinafore Brief Encounter HMS Pinafore

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Brief Encounter HMS Pinafore Halfway Brief Encounter HMS Pinafore Halfway Brief Encounter HMS Pinafore Halfway Mark Watson – All The Thoughts I’ve Had Since I Was Born Spaces Birmingham Royal Ballet Pomp and Circumstances Birmingham Royal Ballet Pomp and Circumstances Birmingham Royal Ballet - Sylvia Feet Birmingham Royal Ballet - Sylvia Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes - Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy Feet Birmingham Royal Ballet - Sylvia Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes - Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy Feet The Hollies John Renbourn & Robin Williamson Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes - Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes - Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes - Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure Stones in his Pockets LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure Stones in his Pockets LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure Stones in his Pockets

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Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure Lucky Sods SpongeBob Squarepants: The Sponge Who Could Fly! Lucky Sods SpongeBob Squarepants: The Sponge Who Could Fly! Lucky Sods SpongeBob Squarepants: The Sponge Who Could Fly! Lucky Sods SpongeBob Squarepants: The Sponge Who Could Fly! Lucky Sods SpongeBob Squarepants: The Sponge Who Could Fly! Show of Hands His Dark Materials (Part 1) Peter Pan His Dark Materials (Part 2) Peter Pan His Dark Materials (Parts 1 & 2) Peter Pan His Dark Materials (Parts 1 & 2) Peter Pan Be Near Me Derren Brown Be Near Me Derren Brown Be Near Me Learn to Play the Ukulele in Under an Hour (How George Formby Saved my Life)

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Box Office & Booking Information How to book - you canbook by phone, online, fax, post or in person When booking by fax or post please remember to include full performance details (e.g. evening/matinee performance and seating area), payment method (e.g. card details) your name, address, postcode and, very importantly, your telephone number. Some performances contain loud noises and special effects. For further information please speak to our Box Office. Access for Disabled People The Lowry is an accessible space. We advise wheelchair users and those taking advantage of our signed or audio described performances to inform the Box Office when booking tickets for a theatre event, so we can ensure all seating requirements are met. The Lowry offers complimentary tickets to essential carers for disabled visitors. Please check with Box Office for details.

Hiring a wheelchair The Lowry has 4 wheelchairs available for hire free of charge. These can be booked through Box Office (3 manual and 1 motorised).

Payment and ticket collection Tickets can be paid for by cheque, postal order, credit or debit card. Please make cheques payable to The Lowry. There is a booking fee of £1.50 per ticket for all tickets booked over the phone and £1 per ticket on the internet (excluding Groups and schools). There is no booking fee for Patrons or those registered as disabled or taking advantage of a signed or audio described performance. All tickets booked 7 days in advance will be posted to you at no extra charge. Tickets purchased less than 7 days in advance should be collected from the Box Office.

Discounts and concessions

Parking There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in the Lowry Outlet Mall car park, which also has designated areas for disabled people on each level. We recommend that Blue Badge holders enter the car park at the entrance near the mini roundabout on the road leading from The Quays as this will allow parking on the ground floor level. For more information on disabled parking please contact the Lowry Outlet Mall Customer Relations Desk on 0161 848 1850. To reduce your waiting time at the end of the evening we strongly recommend that you pre-pay for your parking at a cost of £4 (valid between 5pm and 1am). Simply take your ticket to the car park office when you enter the car park - located in the basement car park by the Marks and Spencer escalator. Receivers for our Sennheiser infra-red facility are available from the Information Desk. Please advise Box Office of your requirements when booking theatre tickets.

Guide dogs are welcome.

Toilet facilities available on all levels.

ACCESSIBLE PRINT This brochure is available in audio format, please ask Box Office for a copy.

The Lowry offers discounts to the following people: under 16s, students in full-time education, disabled people, 60+ in full-time retirement, job seekers and participants of the New Deal. When child tickets are listed separately, no extra concessions apply. These discounts are subject to availability and may vary according to the visiting producer and the show.

Concession prices are shown where they apply.

Box Office Opening Hours

24 hour online booking

www.thelowry.com The Box Office operates 7 days a week. Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun & Bank Holiday Mon 10am - 6pm (8pm on show nights) Telephone sales: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 8pm; Sun 10am - 8pm, Bank Holiday Mons 10am - 6pm (8pm on show nights) Tel: 0870 111 2000 Fax: 0161 876 2001 Groups: 0870 220 2003 Email: info@thelowry.com THE LOWRY, PIER 8, SALFORD QUAYS, M50 3AZ CONDITIONS OF SALE 1. The Management reserves the right: To make alterations to the advertised cast and programme; Not to admit latecomers until the interval; To refuse admission; To provide alternative seats to those purchased of the same or greater value. 2. Tickets are purchased for personal use only and are not purchased as any form of business or commercial activity. Tickets may not be resold or offered for resale by anyone at a premium or otherwise. Resale or attempted resale is grounds for cancellation without refund or notice. 3. Use of photographic, sound recording and mobile communications equipment is forbidden. 4. Patrons must state discounts they are entitled to at the time of booking, as they cannot be applied retrospectively and are subject to availability. 5. When processing your booking the Box Office will ask your name, address, email address and telephone number. This information may be used to keep you informed of forthcoming events at The Lowry with your agreement. 6. All information correct at time of going to press.


Support Your Lowry For every £1 that we receive in public funding we must raise a further £7 to support our world-class theatres programme, the care and display of the LS Lowry collection along with a dynamic range of exhibitions and our life-changing community and education work. As a registered charity we are hugely grateful for the support we receive from individuals, companies, trusts and foundations. Galleries Supporters: Community & The Big Lottery Education The Booth Ch Fair Share Trust, Supporters: The D’oyly arities, Carte Charita

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Get involved today There are opportunities for everyone to support The Lowry. For more information see www.thelowry.com/development or contact the Development Team on 0161 876 2041. The Lowry Centre Trust is a registered charity no. 1053962

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Silver Patrons: Mr and Mrs R. Bradbury, Maureen Casket, Roger and Ann Ford, Dr and Mrs Jack Goldberg, Nigel & Jane Green, Dr and Mrs C.M.B Henderson, Diane Turner, Lee Bakirgian Trust, Sir John and Lady Barlow, Whitebirk Finance Ltd, Mr and Mrs W Wrather, David & Veronica Yates

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The Lowry Season Brochure for January - April 2009  

Details of The Lowry's January to April 2009 season of shows, exhibitions and activities.