Hard Times is Charles Dickens’ tenth novel, published in 1854. The only Dickens novel not to feature scenes in London, Hard Times is based in the fictional Northern industrial town of Coketown (not dissimilar to Manchester and possibly based on Preston).
Coketown is a place where the imagination is forbidden. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. So how can he protect his children from the corrupting influences of the circus when it comes to town? The witty adaptation of a great Northern novel which comes to Salford this March is a touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.
Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic really needs no introduction. First published anonymously in 1818, when Shelly was just 20 years old, the novel follows the story of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who manages to bring life to a ‘monster’ made from exhumed body parts.
The gripping new adaptation of Frankenstein by celebrated playwright April de Angelis playing at the Royal Exchange Theatre marks 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein. Described as a “dark psychological thriller” it promises to be an unforgettable adaptation of a true classic.
Another well-timed production, Birdsong, Sebastian Faulk’s epic tale of love and courage in the First World War, marks 100 years since the end of the conflict. When young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire, his world is turned upside down. As war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground.
Now seen by over 200,000 people, this is a superb chance to experience this stunning piece of theatre live on stage in Salford.
Co-commissioned by The Lowry for their Week 53 Festival, Brighton Rock is brand new adaptation of Graham Greene’s murder thriller set in 1930s Brighton. As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton where one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice done.
Another Week 53 commission at The Lowry sees the much-loved childhood memoir of chef Nigel Slater brought o live on stage. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast. Excitingly, the production will see live theatre and dining intertwine, with tastes and smells provided in collaboration with Slater himself.
Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse returns to The Lowry this June. First published in 1982, the novel has become a global phenomenon thanks to this stage adaptation, noted for it’s stunning use of puppetry.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Love From A Stranger is a a 1936 play based on Philomel Cottage, a 1924 short story by British mystery writer Agatha Christie.
Be careful who you wish for… A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau. Electric with suspense and with a biting twist in its tail, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is reimagined in a brand new production