What’s on in Manchester: March 5 – March 11

By Mancunian Matters staff

Your guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this week. 

Monday March 5

Derren Brown Svengali, Lowry Lyric Theatre, Tickets start from £15, 19:30

Pint-sized grand master of illusion Derren Brown brings his spellbinding show to the Lowry for a 6 day stint. ‘Svengali’ is his 5th nationwide tour and promises to wow the unsuspecting audiences yet again with more mesmerizing mind-trickery and supernatural stunts.

Visit the Lowry website for further information.


Macbeth, Bolton Octagon Theatre, Tickets start from £11.50, 19:30

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is a story of one man’s infectious desire for power which ultimately results in his descent into bloody tyranny. The play explores the themes of guilt, masculinity, violence and prophecy and is one of Shakespeare’s finest plays.

Visit the Bolton Octagon website for further information


Tuesday March 6

Oliver! Manchester Palace Theatre, Tickets start from £43.50, Matinee 14:30PM, Evening – 19:30

Anyone with a passion for musicals will surely ‘do anything’ for a ticket to the remaining performances of Cameron Macintosh’s ‘spectacular’ stage adaptation of Oliver! Charles Dickens’ archetypal tale of the boy who asked for more runs through until the 10th of March. 

Visit the Manchester Palace Theatre website for further information


Sally Morgan, Manchester Opera House, Tickets start from £28.50, 19:30

Britain’s leading celebrity psychic comes to Manchester Opera House to wow her fans with yet more astonishing predictions. Sally’s veneration is clearly evident due to her show coming back to Manchester by popular demand. The charismatic clairvoyant is surely one not to miss for anyone in need of a unique theatrical experience.

Visit the Manchester Opera House website for further information

Thursday March 8

Hormonal Housewives, Manchester Opera House, Tickets £20.00, 19:30

This show is not to be confused with ‘Desperate Housewives’, though the two may bear some similarities. Imagine a stage production of ‘Loose Women’, where lively debate on issues facing women in daily life are thrashed out and finally laid to rest through the medium of theatre. The show features Carole Smiley, Shonagh Price and Juile Coombe in an assortment of guises and skits focusing on themes as far ranging as chocolate hoarding to middle aged pajama parties.

One thing to note is that this show has been co-written by a man, so don’t expect any bra burning.

Visit the Manchester Opera House website for further information


Friday March 9

Laura Marling, Manchester O2 Apollo, Tickets start from £18.50, 19:00

Laura Marling has already achieved a staggering amount of success in her time as a musician. In 2008 she was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Award and again in 2010. She went on to win best female artist at the 2011 Brit Awards and wowed a huge crowd the same year at Glastonbury festival, making her Pyramid Stage debut.

Her latest tour follows hot on the heels of the release of her third studio album, ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’, released in September 2011.

Visit the Manchester O2 Apollo website for further information.


Chiddy Bang, Manchester Academy 3 (Club Academy), Tickets £10, 19:30

Philadelphia’s hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang are out to promote their latest offering ‘Breakfast’, released in February 2012. Chiddy Bang are not your average West Coast /East Coast collective as they cleverly blend their own lyrical style and urban beats with samples of bands such as Radiohead, MGMT and Passion Pit.

Visit the Manchester Academy website for further information


Barrel of Laughs, Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Tickets £17, 19:00

The flagship show at the Frog and Bucket on Oldham Street features three fantastic comics, a hilarious compere and a disco until 2am. Acts on the bill include Dan Nightingale, Joe Bromehead and Sam Avery.

Visit the Frog & Bucket website for further information

Saturday 10th March,

Elvis Presley Tribute in Concert, Manchester Evening News Arena, Tickets £33.50, 20:00

This spectacular production reunites former band mates of the King himself on stage with a huge state of the art video-projected Elvis. The show main selling point is its authenticity, despite the fact that Elvis isn’t there at all. However, with a 16 piece orchestra and original band members playing of some of Elvis’ most memorable hits, fans are sure to be delighted as they take a trip down memory lane.

Visit the MEN website for further information


Saturday March 10

McFly, Manchester O2 Apollo, Tickets,£31.50 (inc booking fee)Doors – 7:00PM

Pop-tastic twenty-something’s McFly completed their fifth studio album in 2010. Following on from last year’s success for band members Dougie and Harry on ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ respectively, the band are embarking on a nationwide tour throughout March and April.  Their squeaky clean pop-rock anthems will surely delight their fans, many of whom haven’t been with them since the early days. 

Visit the Manchester O2 Apollo website for further information.

Sunday March 11

Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion, Old Trafford, 2:00PM

Sir Alex Ferguson’s boys battle it out with West Brom in this crucial Premier League tie.  United have fared well against The Baggies over the years, winning all of their previous five encounters. A slip up here though could cost United dearly with arch rivals Manchester City challenging their hopes of retaining the premiership title this year. 

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