Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Theatre Picks

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Theatre Picks

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WAR HORSE The award-winning stage epic gallops into Salford Quays for two incredible runs - a nine-week run over this festive period, followed by a return stint next summer. Why the huge demand? Put simply: War Horse is nothing less than a national stage treasure, racking up huge accolades and smashing box office records ever since its debut at the National Theatre in 2007. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, the adapted stage play captures the story's emotive themes, as well as utilising groundbreaking puppetry techniques. Tonight/Tomorrow/ Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 7.30pm/ Tomorrow/Wed 2.30pm, ends January 18, 2014. Pounds 32-Pounds 50. The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays (thelowry.com/0843 208 6000).

WANTED! ROBIN HOOD Having firmly raised the bar for festive productions - last year's spellbinding Arabian Nights - Manchester's Library Theatre Company has done it again with its latest seasonal offering, Wanted! Robin Hood. Steered by two Library Theatre stalwarts - director Amy Leach and award-winning playwright Charles Way - it's a belting reinvention of the Sherwood Forest legend with adventure, comedy, music and daredevil fighting. Today 10.15am & 7pm/ Tomorrow 3pm & 7pm/Mon/Tue/Thu 10.15am & 2.15pm/Wed 2.15pm, ends January 11, 2014. Pounds 11-Pounds 22.50. The Lowry, as above.

THAT DAY WE SANG Last seen when it was commissioned for the Manchester International Festival back in 2011, Victoria Wood's That Day We Sang has now been reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange. A big-hearted and nostalgic love letter to Manchester, the play follows the twin stories of schoolchildren in 1929 and their faded, future selves in 1969. Tonight 7.30pm/ Tomorrow 2.30pm & 7.30pm/Mon/Tue/Wed/ Thu 7.30pm/Wed 2.30pm, ends January 18, 2014. Pounds 10-Pounds 36. Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square (royalexchangetheatre.co.uk/0161 833 9833). …

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