Monday 4 – Saturday 9 May:

The Palace Theatre – Return to the Forbidden Planet.  The much lauded and critically acclaimed Olivier Award winning rock spectacular brings its 25th anniversary tour to Manchester.  Inspired by The Tempest and with a stunning set filled with classic rock ‘n’ roll, there is little doubt as to why this has been wowing audiences for so long.  7.30pm

Tuesday 5 – Sunday 10 May:

Opera House – Lord of the Dance.  Michael Flatley’s latest spectacular, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, a new staging of the traditional master piece features new staging, costums and choreography as well as a cast of 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers.  8.00pm

Tuesday 5 May – Saturday 9 May:

The Lowry Theatre – King Lear.  Jonathan Miller’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, the story of a family at war with itself, where relationships are broken and the protagonist loses all he has.  8.00pm.

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 May:

The Lowry Theatre – Plastic Figurines.  Ella Carmen Greenhill’s poignant play, inspired by events in her own life, is a moving piece exploring illness, loss and grief through the relationship of two siblings struggling to cope with their mother’s illess and very different outlooks 8.00pm.

Friday 8 – Saturday 9 May:

The Lowry Theatre – Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story.  Set in 1924 Chicago, Thrill Me, tells the shocking true story of two law students who kidnapped and murdered a 14 year old boy in their pursuit of the perfect crime.  The musical has been captivating audiences since 2003 and appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  8.00pm