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Things To Do in Greater Manchester This May Bank Holiday Weekend

The first of two May bank holidays is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for something to fill your long weekend, look no further. Read on for our top tips for things to do and shows to see in the North West this weekend.

Educating Rita

Willy Russell's Educating Rita

The Lowry, Salford | Until Saturday 4th May

A hilarious and heart-warming comedy from Willy Russell, the writer of Blood Brothers. Educating Rita is the story of a married hairdresser who enrolls on a university course to expand her horizons, and her tutor, Frank (Stephen Tompkinson, DCI Banks, Wild at Heart), a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker who is less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on…

Educating Rita won an Olivier award when first produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was later adapted into a multi-award winning film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine.

Whitney – Queen of the Night

Whitney - Queen of the Night

The Plaza, Stockport | Friday, 3rd May

Celebrate the life and music of one of the greatest singers of all time, Whitney Houston.

Expect sensational musicians, powerhouse vocals and three decades of timeless hits, including ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘One Moment in Time’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘So Emotional’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’. From the producers of the smash hit Tina Turner tribute, What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Jess Robinson – No Filter

Jess Robinson

The Lowry, Salford | Friday, 3rd May

As seen on C4’s The Last Leg and BBC2’s Dead Ringers, Jess Robinson is a multi-award winning celebrity impressionist and musical comedian, capable of performing stunning vocal gymnastics.

In this show, Jess will take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, serving up a feast of styles and genres from classical to rock and hip-hop.

It’s a Kinda Queen

it's a kind of queen

Bolton Albert Halls, Bolton | Saturday, 4th May

Freddie Mercury and Queen made a lasting impression on the world of music, leaving behind a timeless musical legacy.

It’s a Kinda Queen have been touring the UK since 2012, and Joey Linden, the band’s Freddie, uses every bit of his musical theatre, opera and dance training to capture the magic of a classic Queen concert.

Puppetry of the Penis – The Greatest Bits Tour

Puppetry of the Penis

The Plaza, Stockport | Saturday, 4th May

Fancy seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Loch Ness Monster without leaving your seat? With Puppetry of the Penis you can – apparently.

Australia’s greatest theatrical export is celebrating 20 years of penis puppetry with their Greatest Bits tour, featuring the Pelican, the Hamburger, and a whole of host of new and absurd installations. This is a non-sexual show, but does contain full frontal nudity.

The Giant Balloon Show


The Lowry, Salford | Sunday, 5th May

The Giant Balloon Show will have the audience in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high energy comic performance and of course the all important giant balloon!

Take everything you know about balloons, and twist that into a highly entertaining show for the whole family.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

The Lowry, Salford | Sunday, 5th May

Initially known as a leading Hollywood actress in cult film and television classics, such as Scream and Charmed, Rose McGowan’s recent public experiences have triggered a vital global discussion.

Now, she’s looking to change the conversation. Looking positively into the future, the real Rose McGowan – not Rose ‘the movie star’ or Rose ‘as portrayed in the media’ – is inviting you to join her for an event that is truly her own voice, directing her own thought-provoking evening of raw, honest and important conversation.

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist

The Lowry, Salford | Sunday, 5th May

The Guilty podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 50 million downloads since it launched in late 2015. Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st century feminists whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes which undermine those goals.

For this special touring version of the show, Deborah will be joined by some of your favourite comedians, guests and musicians from the podcast for a celebration of how far we’ve come, and a conversation about what remains to be done.

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