We’ve returned to a standard-length weekend without any heatwaves, but there’s still plenty to see and do in and around Manchester.
Manchester music royalty takes to the stage at The Cinnamon Club, Altrincham, on Friday evening. Blues legend Victor Brox released four albums in the late sixties as a member of The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation and has played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon. He also starred on the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970. Tickets for this one are sin great demand so don’t miss Brox and his full band performing the very best in blues, soul and jazz.
There’s a bumper weekend of cinema at Stockport Plaza, which sees recent Oscar winners Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Friday, 11am) and Phantom Thread (Saturday, 2.30pm) lined up alongside classics Silence of the Lambs (Friday, 7.30pm) and The Apartment (Saturday, 7.30pm). The magnificent art deco Plaza has been showing films since the golden age of cinema in the early 1930s and is one of the most atmospheric and authentic viewing experiences available anywhere in Britain.
Since launching earlier in the week, Titanic: The Musical has been taking Salford by storm. The powerful production based on the experiences of real-life passengers on the doomed liner finishes its run with shows on Friday and Saturday. An entirely different musical experience plays Bolton Albert Halls on Friday, as Menopuase: The Musical starring Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Hilary O’Neil continues its all-singing, all-dancing comedy tour.
It’s a huge weekend over at East Lancashire Railway as The People’s Engine a.k.a The Flying Scotsman steams through Bury, Heywood and Rawtenstall with a series of passenger services. There’s serious bragging rights up for grabs for anyone riding behind this legendary locomotive – full details and the last remaining tickets are here. Spaces are also available on the ever-popular Rail Ale Trail which combines steam trains, pubs and fine beer for a truly memorable day out.
Round off the weekend with “show business Colossasus” Count Arthur Strong, who brigs his new show to The Lowry on Sunday evening, delving into his personal
box of video cassettes and talking us through the highlights of his glittering TV career, with many of his trademark stories we’ve come to love him for.
Just a few yeards away in The Quays theatre, Double Grammy Award Winner, Albert Lee, accompanied by his Electric Band, will wow audiences with his soulful voice, as well as tearing it up rock ‘n roll style. One of the wrodl’s most accomplished guitarists and pianists, Albert has worked with an almost endless list of music stars including Glen Campbell, Dave Edmunds, Dolly Parton, Joe Cocker and Willie Nelson.