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New season at HOME Manchester

Poster for the new autumn-winter 2023-24 season at HOME's main theatre space
New season at HOME's main theatre space

HOME Manchester's main-house autumn season features new musicals, iconic drama, comedy, poetry, and adaptations of literary classics.

The programme includes new HOME co-productions with venues and producers across the UK, including Theatre Royal Stratford East and Leeds Playhouse, for the 30th anniversary revival of celebrated playwright Jonathan Harvey's iconic coming-of-age story Beautiful Thing (October 31-November 11) and the return of the "electrifying” co-production of The Merchant of Venice (1936) starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock, which returns (November 28-December 2) as part of its national tour.

This year’s festive season features TV screenwriter and playwright Anne-Marie Casey’s adaptation of the literary classic Little Women (December 8-23), and in February there is a new adaptation of Blue Beard (February 13-24) by multi-award-winning director and writer Emma Rice.

In March (1-16) HOME’s latest production Work It Out comes from award-winning writer and performer Eve Steele and follows a community-based fitness class in a compelling comedy drama of triumph, friendship, and conquering inner demons. In May (15-25), dazzling new musical Frankie Goes to Bollywood, inspired by real stories, looks behind the scenes at the Bollywood film industry.

The ambitious season also features touring productions, including new comedy musical Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder! (October 5-21) from Frances Moody Productions, the Olivier award-winning producers behind Fleabag and others, which comes to HOME following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. Also in the programme is Watershed Productions’ acclaimed family puppetry show The Singing Mermaid (October 24-26), adapted from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ children’s book of the same name.

There will also be several one or two–night touring shows, including BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, who opens the season on September 16 with a special preview event to launch his latest poetry collection, Let the Light Pour In, as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. The one-nighter season also features award winning Australian comedian Reuben Kaye The Butch is Back (October 27) and acclaimed American comedian Reginald D Hunter for two nights (November 12-13) with new comedy show The Man Who Could See Through Sh*t.

Full details and booking info here


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