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Unmissable things to do in Manchester this June from


No doubt you will already be aware of this one and if you’ve not seen it yet, you’ve probably already booked! Following the success of Hamlet, The Skriker and A Streetcar Named Desire, Sarah Frankcom and Maxine Peake continue their creative collaboration with a revival of Beckett’s surrealist masterpiece, Happy Days (until 23 June, Royal Exchange, from £17).

We love the award-winning Bolton Octagon, while they’re close for refurbishment, they’ve launched their ‘Octagon on the Road’ season which gets started with an off-site production of the cult-classic Summer Holiday (until 23 June, from £18.50). Well worth the 20-minute train journey from Manchester city centre.

For one night only, Quays Culture will host an exclusive free outdoor performance with the absolutely electrifying world-class dance-circus company, Motionhouse. Motionhouse: Charge ( MediaCityUK Piazza, 9 June, free).

Multimedia theatre-makers Breach’s ambitious new show, The Drill (14–16 June, HOME, from £12.50), investigates rehearsing for the future – through safety drills and emergency response training.


Band on the Wall celebrates the TUC’s 150th anniversary with a week-long programme of folk concerts at the Mechanics’ Institute, featuring the likes of Kathryn Williams, Oysters 3, Mike Harding and Edward II. The programme also includes a free, relaxed ‘Folk On A Friday Night’ concert where the audience are invited to take part. 150 Years of the TUC: Folk Concerts (Mechanics’ Institute, 3–9 June, from £15).

Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra perform a live score to Isaac Julien’s work Ten Thousand Waves (The Whitworth, 7 June, free), as part of the gallery’s ongoing Thursday Lates series.

For his final Bridgewater Hall concert as the BBC Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena spirits us away to his Spanish homeland with a programme that includes a concert performance of Manuel de Falla’s vibrant hour-long opera, La vida breve. BBC Philharmonic: Albéniz | Falla (The Bridgewater Hall, 9 June, from £12).

An ensemble of soloists, choir, two pianos and harmonium will perform Petite messe solennelle (Royal Northern College of Music, 15 June, from £15), one of Rossini’s final pieces, under the baton of Andrew Greenwood. The RNCM ensemble will be joined by Jonathan and Tom Scott for a programme that also features Gottschalk’s version of The William Tell Overture.


Inspired by Conrad Gessner’s 16th century encyclopaedia of actual and imaginary animals, Beautiful Monsters (The Portico Library, until 30 June, free) examines the idea of the monstrous within the context of history, mythology and 21st century life.

While England Mourns by Manchester-based artists Magnus Quaife at Touchstones Rochdale connects protests on the streets of 18th century Manchester with the historic May ’68 Paris uprisings. Magnus Quaife: While England Mourns (Touchstones Rochdale, until 30 June, free).

Bodies of Colour: Breaking with Stereotypes in the Wallpaper Collection (The Whitworth, until 19 May 2019, free), This latest exhibition uses the Whitworth’s extensive and significant wallpaper collection to focus on how Imperial attitudes to people are reflected in wallpaper.

Manchester-based artist Ekua Bayunu presents Women Hold up Half the Sky (9 June, free) at Alexandra Park – a day of celebration featuring art, sound installation, oral herstories, creative workshops, spoken word, acoustic music and… table tennis.


HOME showcase the work of Argentinian writer-director Lucrecia Martel with a retrospective timed to coincide with the release of her latest film. Zama & Lucrecia Martel Retrospective (HOME until 6 June, from £5.50)

Murnau’s sublime Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Royal Northern College of Music, 8 June, from £14) gets a big screen outing at the RNCM Concert Hall with a live accompaniment. Featuring swooping camerawork and swooning melodrama, this silent powerhouse comfortably sits alongside the greatest films ever made — unmissable.

Manchester’s dedicated documentary festival returns to Number 70 this June with another international line-up featuring some of the best established and emerging documentarians. Telling Tales International Film and Audio Documentary Festival (Number 70 Oxford Street, 8–10 June, from £6).

Stockport Plaza go back to the beginnings of Alfred Hitchcock’s career for a double-bill of early works. Despite lesser-known status, these films nevertheless feature all of the sex, murder and dark intrigue you’d expect from the master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock Double Bill: The Lodger & Blackmail (Stockport Plaza Cinema, 29 June, from £7.75).


The live literature scene welcomes brand-new bi-monthly poetry reading series No Matter, with the first charge led by an all-female line-up in the form of Amy McCauley, Nisha Ramayya and Alice Tarbuck. No Matter (Castle Hotel, 13 June, free entry).

One of the country’s leading poets, Benjamin Zephaniah visits the RNCM as part of his first tour in eight years, to mark the publication of his autobiography. Expect insightful stories from throughout his remarkable life, as well as a selection of his favourite poetry. The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah (Royal Northern College of Music, 23 June, from £20)

Regular live literature night and newly crowned Saboteur Award winner Verbose (Fallow Cafe, 25 June, free entry) is putting on a flash fiction special to mark National Flash Fiction Day, preceded by a workshop with Tania Hershman so you can write and hone those creations before getting on the open mic!


Following five-star rave reviews across UK, One Small Step (Z-arts, Hulme, 2 June, from £6) comes to Manchester for a fast, furious and full throttled trip to the moon.

Join the best-loved children’s authors and illustrators from across the land for a weekend of literary larks and piano playing bears in the woods at Quarry Bank. Children’s Book Festival (Quarry Bank, 23–24 June, from £5).

Pick up your map and join the first-ever Lost and Found expedition, a family-friendly afternoon of exploration, around Manchester's Central Library. The Ministry of Lost & Found (Manchester Central Library, 23 June).

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