Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this March.
Dylan Moran: Off the hook at Opera House
Thursday 19 March
A confident performer, famed for the timing of his delivery, Dylan Moran, the star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Calvary is back with his new stand up show.
Shake with Laughter at The Comedy Store
Monday 16 March
Join The Comedy Store for a night of comedic fun in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Rob Deering, Mick Ferry, Justin Moorhouse and Johnny Vegas are already lined-up along with some other very exciting acts. Pre-show food packages are available.
Superior Goods and Household Gods at Castlefield Gallery
Friday 6 March – Sunday 19 April
One of Northern England’s most active and successful organisations for developing emerging contemporary artists and practice, Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition demonstrating the pervasive nature of consumerist ideology and its effects.
Withdraw at IWM North
Saturday 21 February – Sunday 6 September
A new display of artworks by journalist and reportage illustrator George Butler will be displayed for the first time at IWM North. Butler’s art works were drawn live in situ, in locations throughout Afghanistan, in the weeks following the recent withdrawal of Western troops.
Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
Saturday 28 march
The Ramsbottom Chocolate festival returns with its ever popular two-day Chocolate Market. The town will be packed with things to see and do including alfresco dining, street food, a beer tent, kids craft activities, a free creche and a giant easter egg hunt.
Manchester Irish Festival
Friday 6 – Friday 20 March
A 10 day party, which features a full programme of Irish culture, comedy, heritage, literature, music, sport and theatre.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Manchester Arena
Monday 9 March
The hometown show will see the band play hits from their hugely successful debut album Chasing Yesterday. The album marks a new chapter for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, drawing from a range of influences from west coast rock to jazz to classic rock’n’roll.
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers at Manchester Apollo
Tuesday 24 March
Chic are an American disco and R&B band that were founded in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The group, still fronted by Rodgers, are best known for hit songs including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, I Want Your Love, Good Times.
Anna Karenina at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 19 March – Saturday 2 May
Olivier-nominated director Ellen McDougall makes her Royal Exchange debut with this stripped-back and contemporary version of one of the greatest novels ever written.
Oklahoma! at The Lowry
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 March
This brand new production starring Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim and Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller features a large cast and chorus as well as a live orchestra, bringing romance and excitement.
Tour of the month
Shop Till You Drop!
Wednesday 11 March 11am – 1pm
The story of shops and fashion in Manchester, from the beginnings of a cotton town to the elevated heights of designer-dom.
New Kid on the Block
Opens Monday 2 March
Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs came up with the idea of starting a hospitality company after travelling the world during their football careers. Their 133-bedroom hotel is now located opposite Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium. Downstairs on match days the ‘Old Trafford Supporters Club’ has room for 750 die-hard Reds each paying a £1 entrance fee which will go to local community projects.
For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com