Each year, covering the Greater Manchester Area, there is a superb book published entitled "A Year In the Theatre". These volumes include details of all the shows presented as well as cast lists and brief reviews as well as some in-depth reviews. They serve as a valuable source of reference.

Continuing the chronicle of theatre in Manchester and the Greater Manchester Region


Greater Manchester 1999-2000

Foreword by Chris Honer, Artistic Director of the World Famous Library Theatre Company

The programme details (Section 3) available on the web. Click here to view


Greater Manchester 1998-99

ISBN 0 9521502 6 3

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The Seventh Edition of this Award-Winning annual volume once again records and broadcasts the outstanding range and quality of Theatre in Greater Manchester, work of international repute appearing beside local work of outstanding quality in every borough and city.

Still priced at only £6.95, less than a penny a play, the cost is the lowest possible barrier to the possession of a personal copy by each of the book's numerous readers, - theatregoers, drama students, playwrights, amateur and professional producers and performers of all ages.

  •  "I wonder if any comparable area, anywhere in the world, can match it." writes a reader in Taunton.
  • "A wonderful tome, outlining what looks like a year-long festival of drama." writes another from Australia.
  • Most readers are more local: "One of the most regularly consulted tomes in showbiz around these parts." recorded City Life.

 It will revive happy memories for many years to come as well as being a tool of regular immediate use, whether for booking tickets , - giving details of 200 venues - , or guiding companies to those who have recent experience relevant to productions which they are about to tackle.

The book is an inspiring record of Greater Manchester's wide-ranging theatrical achievements but a foreword by Lawrence Till, Artistic Director at the Bolton Octagon until last summer, also tells of the enormous difficulties which these face.

The book is available though any bookshop or direct, post free, from the publisher: FREEPOST MR 9209, MANCHESTER M14 7DJ.

If any reader finds their achievements last year have been omitted, they can make sure this does not happen again by sending copies of their programmes to the same address for next year's edition.



In 1998 A Year In the Theatre won the Holland Enterprise Award for its recording of theatre in Greater Manchester. This is so extensive and diverse that ....

Everyone interested in theatre should buy this book. There is no fuller profile of Theatre in Britain today; the 700+ plays and over 100 photographs cover the most traditional to the most innovative, the most local to the most international.

If you go to the theatre in Greater Manchester you should buy this book. It will remind you of the shows you saw, detail the ones you missed, help you look up familiar faces and book future visits. (Box Office details and locations of over 200 venues are given)

Encyclopaedic .... covering virtually everything that moved on a stage in Greater Manchester - Manchester Evening News

Immensely readable and written with affection and not a little humour. - NODA Northwest News

ISBN 0952150255

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A Year In The Theatre once again provides a full record of the copious Theatrical excellence of Greater Manchester.

Full programme details of almost 700 productions, professional, amateur and college; Local, National and International - indexed by artists, play titles and companies. There is also a descriptive journal, full theatre details - box-office telephone numbers, address, A-Z Map reference, access information - and a list of awards achieved throughout the year.

ISBN 0952150247

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