Something For The Weekend: Fri 11 – Sun 13 July

1. Cape Town Opera: Show Boat 

Tue 8 July – Sat 12 JulyShow Boat 1

Following a successful UK tour of Porgy & Bess in 2012, Cape Town Opera come to The Lowry for the first time with their adaptation of the 1927 Broadway musical, Show Boat.

Set in America’s Deep South, the story begins in 1887 on the Cotton Blossom show boat as it sets sail on the Mississippi River. Following the lives of the performers, dock workers, musicians and stagehands over a period of forty years, Show Boat is rich with nostalgia, humour, love stories and well-loved melodies including Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

With all the glamour of the old American-style big family musical and a cast of over 50 talented performers, Cape Town Opera lovingly bring this classic musical back to life alongside the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.


showcase_main 2. Showcase 2014

 Sun 13 July 7.15pm

A Gala Evening in aid Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Over 200 singers from eight musical theatre companies take you on a journey from the West End to Broadway





3. Ordsall Hall’s Blooming Great Garden Party

Sunday, 13 July 2014 – 12:00pm to 4:00pmGarden Party (2) edited for web_0

Free! – no booking required.
Suitable for everyone!

Fun for all the family within the spectacular grounds of Salford’s Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house, Ordsall Hall.

Salford celebrates its long-forgotten Tudor history with the biggest ever Ordsall Hall Garden Party. Among a host of spectacular family friendly events, a lucky few visitors will be able to take their taste buds on a history tour – tasting tomatoes last eaten in the 1600s.

Visitors will be encouraged to get creative at the various arts and crafts stalls and Creative Explorers, who run creative sessions for children in the North West, will have an artist teaching children how to make works of art using fruit and vegetables. Children and adults alike to also be able to try their luck at game stalls including Name The Gnome and the eternal favourite Hook-A-Duck.

There will be a host of entertainment including a performance of classical favourites by the BBC Philharmonic ensemble – which regularly performs inside the Great Hall. MAPAS, Salford’s Music and Performing Arts Service, will deliver a special performance on an outdoor stage while costumed characters will be making their way around the grounds to entertain the crowds. There will be a display of some of the world’s most beautiful and protected birds of prey by the Warrington based Wild Wings centre, as well as a bouncy castle, a climbing wall, vegetable modelling, plant sales, a host of arts, craft anProtected birds of prey, Wild Wings Centred heritage activities, face painting, a variety of delicious food stalls and a spectacular raffle.

Visitors will also be able to explore the Dig for Victory Garden, Herb Garden and the Orchard where Tudor varieties of apples and pears are cultivated. Green fingered gardening enthusiasts will be able to pick up tips from their Tudor counterparts in the Tudor Tent, where there will be a host of activities including lavender bag making, all led by Tudor clad characters.

The Garden Party is our biggest ever, for more details see the Latest News section.

See you there!