Something For The Weekend: Fri 25 – Sun 27 July

1. Flux: A State of Change

Sat 26 July – Sun 27 July

The Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training in Dance premieres 3 new works by distinct and internationally renowned choreographers:

Jean Abreu, from Brazil, approaches choreography through intense aesthetic and conceptual exploration. The dancers are challenged to think beyond their physical capabilities and work to gain a true representation of the creative idea. A mental feast that presents a subtle but powerful moving image.

Canadian born Laïla Diallo explores through both interaction and non-interaction, how the dancers expose their fragile state and resilience. A poetic dialogue, which reflects the week-long creation period spent in the studio and conversations that came about.

Glenn Wilkinson’s dynamic and fast-paced work challenges the physical and technical virtuosity of the performers. Following his long career with Rambert Dance Company, Glenn raises the expectations set by contemporary choreographers, offering a true insight into the professional world that they are about to enter.

TicketsFlux: A State of Change

2. War Horse

The Lowry is absolutely delighted to welcome our partner company, the National Theatre, with the internationally acclaimed War Horse, which remains a huge success in London’s West End.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert, his beloved horse Joey, and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome both individually and together.

Hailed by Time Magazine as ‘a landmark theatre event’, War Horse is an unforgettable experience, filled with stirring music and songs. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Age guidance 10+ | Running time 2hrs 40mins including one interval | Latecomers will not be admitted until 40 minutes into the performance.



3. War Horse Close Up at Central Library

26th July 2014


Join us for a day of themed activities and specialist workshops as Joey, the life-sized breathing, galloping, charging puppet star of War Horse, rides into Central Library. Joey will be appearing at the library, between 10am and 12 noon, before heading back to The Lowry for a matinee performance of War Horse.

Celebrate the triumphant return of National Theatre’s acclaimed production War Horse to The Lowry.  Join us for a day of themed activities and specialist workshops. Highlights include:

10.30 and 11.30 Joey rides into Central Library

10.00 – 3.00 Puppet making (drop in)

11.00 – 12.00 Interactive storytelling (pre-booking required, click here)
For children up to 9 years and their families

12.00 – 3.00 Try your hand at film animation (drop in)
Ages 8+

1.00-3.00 Drama workshop (pre-booking required, click here)
Ages 7-11

3.15-4.15 Commemorative Archive Film Showing (drop in)  See the North West Film Archive’s DVD The First World War: Life on the Home Front in North West England.


Meet Tommy Atkins (our living history character) and find out about the life of a soldier in World War 1.
Handle real World War 1 objects and archives that have been brought out of our temperature controlled storage for this special event.
Browse the World War 1 commemorative archive in our Virtual Stack digital interactive and discover more Archives+ collections.

To mark the centenary of World War 1, The National Theatre has partnered with the Manchester Central Library to offer under 16’s free tickets to see War Horse this August.  Valid Monday – Friday evening performances from the 4th August to 15th August.  To Book call 0843 208 6000 and quote “WHKIDS14”.  Any child aged 16 or under can go free when accompanied by an adult paying full price.  You can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price per transaction.  Offer valid until 1st August.

Photo of War Horse Close Up