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Blackpool

Buffy Revamped presents the entire 144 episodes of hit 1990s television programme Buffy the Vampire Slayer through the eyes of vampire – and Buffy’s love interest – Spike. Bursting with pop culture references, it is a parody suitable for Buffy aficionados and new audiences alike.

11 Feb, The Grand Theatre (blackpoolgrand.co.uk)

Leeds

Out of Redness Comes Kindness is a retrospective exhibition including paintings, prints and mixed media pieces of ‘emotional mapping’ of the human body and natural world from the 1990s to the present, spanning the last 30 years of Sam Ainsley’s career.

30 Jan-24 Mar, Leeds Arts University (leeds-art.ac.uk)

Lancaster

Because I Can is a dance solo exploring power, memory and ageing. Eva Recacha’s choreographic practice blends movement and text, creating poetic and humorous juxtapositions through the
interplay of mediums, performed by Lauren Potter with composition by Alberto Ruiz Soler.

11 Feb, The Nuffield Theatre (lancasterarts.org)

Sheffield

Hair: Untold Stories weaves together work of artists, filmmakers and designers with numerous objects and archive material reflecting our connection with our hair. Together, they tell personal, powerful and surprising stories, from Sheffield hair salons to the global hair trade.

10 Feb-29 Oct, Weston Park Museum (sheffieldmuseums.org.uk)

Hull

Inspired by his home in Greece and his Hull heritage,
60 years of Peter Huby’s paintings, etchings, sculptures and books will be showcased in Hull and Back, including
a model of a house he built with his wife, Linda Cox.

30 Jan-12 Mar, University of Hull Gallery (hull.ac.uk)

Liverpool

Reverend and the Makers are touring the UK (also visiting Manchester and hometown Sheffield) following the unveiling of their seventh studio album, Heatwave in the Cold North, five years after The Death of a King, which reached 11 in the UK album charts.

16 Feb, Liverpool O2 Academy (academymusicgroup.com/o2academyliverpool)

Bradford

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker, with unexpected results. Michael Harrison and David Ian’s production of romantic thriller The Bodyguard, featuring numerous Whitney Houston hits, stars former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton.

7-11 Feb, Alhambra Theatre (bradford-theatres.co.uk)

Manchester

A taxi ride journeys into the past. A phone call leads to revelations about incarceration. Bigotry spreads through a university campus. The child of enslaved parents ponders freedom. When All Is Said is a collection of five short plays written by five Black transgender people. 

13-17 Feb, Contact (contactmcr.com)

Prescot

Marking the 20-year anniversary of 24 Hour Party People, the cult classic biographical-comedy drama about Manchester’s Factory Records,  actor  Steve Coogan and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce will delve into the film and discuss Cottrell-Boyce’s subsequent career.

4 Feb, Shakespeare North Playhouse (shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk)

Sheffield

Leilah’s wondering if her Instagram is becoming a burden. Billy’s queer and proud but ignored by the education system. Aarron’s learning how to be a man online. Maisy’s not that into sex. They confront their differences in Charlie Josephine’s Birds and Bees.

25 Jan-11 Feb, Sheffield Playhouse (sheffieldtheatres.co.uk)

Salford

In December 1922, 28-year-old Edith Thompson was put on trial, facing execution for inciting her husband’s murder in what became known as the trial of the century. A century later, Harriet Madeley’s Edith tells her story, with input from female prisoners at HMP Styal.

1-4 March, The Lowry (thelowry.com)

Leeds

Feathers and Fur features the work of several British ceramicists, jewellers, sculptors and mixed media artists whose work focuses on celebrating the other species we share our world with, from the domestic to the wild and the native to the exotic.

4 Feb-29 April, Craft Centre Leeds (craftcentreleeds.co.uk)

Lancaster

Told by a storyteller on stage, Haunted (also visiting Barton-upon-Humber, Leeds, Harrogate and Sheffield) features two tales to chill the blood: W W Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw, in which a charm grants a family more than they bargained for, and F Marion Crawford’s The Upper Berth, about an ill-fated ocean liner.

31 Jan, The Dukes (thebookofdarknessandlight.com)

Photo: Mark Bickerdike

Manchester

The People’s History Museum’s 2023 Banner Exhibition features 25 banners, some over 150 years old and others recently created, united by the fact that they carry calls for change and have been created by people seeking a fairer society.

Ongoing, People’s History Museum (phm.org.uk)

Manchester

Opening on Holocaust Memorial Day, Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors is an exhibition of new, never-before-seen photographs of North West-based Holocaust survivors – some as old as 95 – by 13 photographers, highlighting their experiences and relationships with younger members of their families.

27 Jan onwards, Imperial War Museum North (iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north)

Salford

Narratives is the culmination of a 20-week summer residency that brought together five artists based at Hulme’s Venture Arts, a visual arts organisation working with disabled and neurodiverse artists to create new work, with inspiration ranging from family heritage to television specials.

14 Jan-26 Feb, The Lowry (thelowry.com)

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