The Lowry is offering a weekly timetable of free online activities for children and adults to enjoy from home.

These Creativity for Wellbeing activities are weekly workshops with professional artists that will boost your mood, enhance your energy, connect you with others and offer you a sense of calm.


No experience or skill is necessary and everyone is welcome and it's all completely free. Info below to book a free ticket or to join an online event.

For more information visit the Lowry website.


The Nutcracker at The REP - Online this Christmas

Watch on demand is now live and tickets can be used through until midnight on Christmas Eve. 

Tickets cost just £15. (Booking closes at midnight on Monday 21 December.)

Greater Manchester arts organisations launch new fund for region’s artists

The Originate Fund will offer new co-commissions for new performance works to be created in 2021. There will be three awards of £5,000 on offer to support artists to create new work to share with audiences next summer.


The fund will accept expressions of interest until Sunday 10 January 2021.

Participating venues and arts organisations are: Community Arts North West, Contact, HOME, The Lowry, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford, hÅb/Word of Warning and Z-arts.

For more information about GM Artist Hub and the Originate Fund, visit:

That'll Be The Day Christmas Show - Watch Online

Friday 11th December 2020 at 7.00pm

That’ll Be The Day’s Rock & Roll Christmas show has been running for over thirty years.

The pre-recorded show will include the best pop Christmas classics and traditional Christmas songs along with hilarious comedy routines. PLUS, Trevor and some of the cast will be LIVE ONLINE on the evening, pre-show, during the interval and after-show to answer your questions, chat and share a virtual sherry with you online! Remember to dress as if you were going to the theatre, take a photo of your group and upload it during the show for Trevor and the gang to see.

Tickets can only be purchased via the Booking Link

The Lowry: Arts centre to live-stream performance of The Gruffalo to EVERY primary school in Salford

The Lowry in Salford has announced plans to live-stream a performance of Tall Stories’ hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in the city. 


The performance, which will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 11 December, will be available free of charge to all 99 primary schools in the city.


The first 50 schools to register for the special broadcast will also receive £50 worth of art supplies for their school as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children.





For the heroic NHS staff of Greater Manchester, Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce that all tickets for the first evening performance of their socially distanced pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, produced by Qdos Entertainment at Manchester’s historic home of the panto, Manchester Opera House, will be gifted to NHS workers and their families.


The production is able to go ahead thanks to the support of The National Lottery, giving thousands of theatregoers in Manchester and across the country the chance to enjoy socially distanced pantomimes this Christmas.

The Halle is Back!

Announcing the Halle Winter Season of streamed concerts

Recorded at The Bridgewater Hall and Hallé St Peter’s, there will be large scale symphonies, concertos, string masterpieces and thrilling new works available to book as a nine-concert subscription or individually.


Available on Prime Video from 3 December, Soho Theatre Live Series 1 features award-winning comedians filmed at Soho Theatre over the last five years, including Aditi Mittal, Dane Baptiste, Jen Brister, Jessie Cave, Joel Dommett, Josie Long, Lazy Susan, Nish Kumar, Panti Bliss, Rhys James and Shappi Khorsandi. 

Soho Theatre ordinarily plays to live audiences of 250,000 a year in its iconic Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since the temporary closure due to Covid-19 Soho have re-launched their online platform Soho Theatre On Demand

Soho Theatre Live Series 1 – available from 3 December on Amazon Prime Video (UK) Link below


Narrated by Julie Hesmondhalgh and released via the Royal Exchange’s YouTube channel on Thursday 1 October, to coincide with the internationally recognised Older People’s Day, this funny, gentle, slightly ridiculous love-letter to the theatre has been written and directed by Andy Barry and created with the Elders Company.

TICKET PRICES: FREE - However, if you would like to make a donation to the theatre you can support them via their website. #rxconnect

Truth Seekers Launch New Virtual Escape Room

In celebration of the 30th October launch of Truth Seekers on Amazon Prime Video, fans of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg should get ready to embark on a paranormal investigation from the comfort of their homes. From 23rd October through 18th November, Prime Video will be hosting The Truth Seekers Remote Adventure.

This 45-minute virtual escape room game will be available to fans around the world to participate in remotely for free in collaboration with The Escape Game. 

Sign up for the experience now at

Amazon Prime Day Live has joined forces with chart-topping artist Lewis Capaldi, BBC Sound of 2020 winner and Amazon Music Ones To Watch 2020 artist Celeste, and Welsh artist and producer Cate Le Bon for ‘Prime Day Live’, a special livestreamed event to raise awareness and funding for the nation’s much-loved grassroots music venues, which are now under threat of closure owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Learn more at

The British Library 

What's On

The first season of the library's virtual events are available to watch via the website for free or £5.


Stephen Fry talks to Shappi Khorsandi about the importance of writing, live from London’s beautiful Union Chapel venue.

Thu 1 Oct 2020, 19:30 - 20:45

David Olusoga in Conversation on Wed 7 Oct 19:30 - 20:30

Rock of Ages UK Tour -

Tue 18 - Sat 6 Nov 2021

Here we go again! The smash hit musical is back in the UK. Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

National Theatre announces That Black Theatre Podcast series

The National Theatre has announced a new podcast series, That Black Theatre Podcast.

The 12-week series is to be hosted by Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD student Nadine Deller, who will be exploring the ins and outs of the Black Plays Archive to highlight elements of Black British theatre as well as political and social events of the 21st century that came to influence what was put on stage.

Practitioners such as Una Marson, Errol John, Mustapha Matura and Alfred Fagon will all be examined in the series for their seismic contributions to the performing arts community.

The series will commence on the 28th of September.

See live theatre at HOME this autumn

See the critically acclaimed interactive show The Believers Are But Brothers, new celebratory performance The End and grime urban story High Rise eState of Mind as part of our reopening season.

With social distancing in our theatre, tickets are limited. View the full season on the HOME website.

Rent at the Hope Mill Theatre

Directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet, Spring Awakening)

A socially distanced audience are being offered the chance to experience the musical live.

Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson and is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème.

It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.


Opening Night: 30 October 2020

Final Performance: 13 December 2020

The Lowry to become a temporary court following partnership with Ministry of Justice

The Lowry in Salford will work with the Ministry of Justice to set up a temporary court, entitled The Nightingale.

The venue is the first in the country to amend its space, providing income to safeguard jobs while the majority of performances remain financially unviable. Cases will be heard from 28 September.

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: "Like arts venues up and down the country, we simply cannot operate our building as normal in the current climate. And with no regular source of income since March, this partnership provides vital funds to enable us to relaunch our programme.

"This includes online, open-air and community performances by some of the UK's most creative dance, circus and theatre companies as well as creative engagement activities that will improve the mental health & life chances of more than 2,000 young people in Salford.

The Hallé Ancoats Community Choir is back in rehearsal - every Sunday at 7.30pm. 

The rehearsal is open to anyone, so if you have some spare time this evening and fancy a bit of a sing head over to the Facebook page on Sunday evening.


Amazon Prime Video presents the highly anticipated Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2, a unique fashion show celebrating the new Autumn 2020 collection from music and fashion icon Rihanna. Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 will stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide beginning Friday 2nd October. 

New online exhibition shares Salford stories from 2020

Days Like These will give Salford’s 245,000 residents the opportunity to share their experiences of COVID-19 via an open call-out for stories, artwork, films, performances, poems and photographs.


Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Coronavirus has taken a huge toll on Salford – but this is a proud city whose communities have worked hard to stay safe, protect their families and applaud NHS staff and key workers.


“We hope people who experience this exhibition – either online or in person when possible – will find it helps support their recovery, physically and mentally, from the pandemic.”

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