Vibrant autumn for Salford Lowry


Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On a Sunday. Pic: Tristram Kenton
Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On a Sunday. Pic: Tristram Kenton

After months of enforced closure the Lowry complex in Salford returns with an autumn season bursting with over 100 performances, events and exhibitions, including several top-line touring shows.

Drama includes The Ballad of Maria Marten (September 23-25), a retelling of the real-life Suffolk murder mystery familiar to many from vintage melodrama.

Following rave reviews in London, killer-comedy Death Drop comes to the theatre from October 12-16, and following closely on its heels will be the world premiere production of Seventies TV favourite The Good Life (October 26-30), with a strong cast including Rufus Hound as Tom Good, the man who leaves the rat race to set up a sustainable lifestyle in deepest Surbiton. Famous thriller Dial M For Murder adds an air of mystery from November 15-20.

Among top-class musicals is a revival of Lloyd Webber’s one-woman melody-fest Tell Me On A Sunday, starring Jodie Prenger (October 19-23). Originally conceived as half of the composer’s Song and Dance, the piece was extended into a full-length musical some years ago and remains a tour-de-force role for actress/singers.

Dancer and choreographer Akram Kahn takes in his last performances as a dancer in a full-length solo piece; Akram Kahn – Xenos on September 29-30. Following a successful live digital broadcast, Rambert’s junior company, Rambert2, performs online from tonight until Saturday in Note to Self, a poignant piece about memory and forgetfulness.

Ballet Black returns with a double-bill, and Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! 2021 returns for the first time in a decade.

The season also includes circus, a visit from Opera North and audience with evenings featuring, among others, well-travelled star of theatre and movies, Alan Cumming.