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May 2019 at The Lowry


This May, The Lowry welcomes the glamour and seduction of Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby (Wed 8 – Sat 11 May), William Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘ (Tue 7 – Sat 11 May), the record-breaking murder mystery ‘The Mousetrap‘ (Mon 13 – Sat 18 May) and the quirky off-Broadway hit musical ‘Little Miss Sunshine‘ (Tue 28 May – Sat 1 June).

In the galleries, ‘Life – A photographic exhibition by Zoë Law‘ opens. Featuring 21 people living with cancer, LIFE seeks to raise awareness of the cancer support charity, Maggie’s and highlight the support needed for people with cancer, their friends and family (Sat 11 May – Sun 9 June).

Northern Ballet is returning to Salford with its smash hit production of The Great Gatsby. Bringing the glamour and seduction of the roaring twenties to the stage, The Great Gatsby arrives at The Lowry for the first time with performances from 8 – 11 May 2019.

Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby premiered in 2013 and has since enjoyed two sell-out UK tours. Set on New York’s Long Island, in the heady, indulgent days of the 1920s, Nick Carraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.

William Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy, ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ will come to The Lowry Tue 7 – Sat 11 May.

Four actors from Greater Manchester will tread The Lowry boards in ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ Simeon Truby who will play Leonato lives in Swinton, Sophia Hatfield who will play Margaret is from Aston Under Lyme, Heather Phoenix who will play Conrade is from Levenshulme and Isobel Middleton who will play Beatrice is from Glossop.

Six long years of war are finally over. Returning soldiers swap the booming battlefield for a landscape of love, masked balls and much-needed laughter. Two young dreamers (Hero and Claudio) fall head over heels, while two others (Benedick and Beatrice) resume their combative courtship.

As faithful friends plot romance and a vengeful brother plans destruction, can true love conquer all, or will whispers and rumour win out? Told in true Northern Broadsides style and set at the end of World War II, this production of Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy, was last performed by the company in 2000 and will be directed by Northern Broadsides new artistic director and joint CEO Conrad Nelson.

Agatha Christie’s record-breaking murder mystery ‘The Mousetrap’ will come to The Lowry Mon 13 – Sat 18 May and will star ‘Only Fools and Horses’ actor Gwyneth Strong as Mrs Boyle.

The legendary whodunnit from the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie, is directed by Gareth Armstrong.

This unstoppable West End hit has been delighting theatregoers for 67 years with its macabre murder mystery. Following a record-breaking 60th anniversary debut tour in 2012, this timeless thriller will travel the length and breadth of the country, stopping in Salford to give North West audiences the chance to discover theatre’s best kept secret.

Selladoor Productions present ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ the quirky off-Broadway hit musical which comes to The Lowry (Tue 28 May – Sat 1 June 2019) as part of a UK tour following it’s European premiere in London.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos). This new production will be directed by the Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.

The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? This inventive and uplifting musical celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.