Today HOME announced their new theatre season for 2019, with a continued commitment to bold international programming, nurturing new creative talent, and building-wide festivals and celebrations.

The season includes the acclaimed production of Wise Children directed by Emma Rice, whose work includes including Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult. Choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s Grand Finale is back following a sell-out run at HOME earlier this year; Headlong are back with their new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III; and theatre innovators 1927 present their smash-hit The Animals and Children Took to the Streets. Then in July, there’s Kemp Powers’ One Night In Miami, directed by former Royal Exchange Associate Director Matthew Xia. This powerful production imagines the pivotal moment in American history when Cassius Clay met his friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and American Football star Jim Brown following Clay’s heavyweight championship victory.

2019 marks the beginning of a new phase for HOME, where there will be a renewed commitment to not just producing new work, but also growing our collaborations with exciting artists. This season HOME supports World Premieres by Scottee, Javaad Alipoor and Liz Richardson. Javaad’s production Rich Kids of Tehran will be his first new commission since his landmark The Believers Are But Brothers brought him to national attention. Scottee’s new show Class will be his first show at the midscale, opening in HOME’s larger Theatre 1 space.

Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME said: “HOME exists to produce and develop new art and new artists, responding to our place in the city and the world. Across the next year, starting with Liz, Scottee and Javaad, we will embark on a new creative direction. By collaborating with a generation of artists and theatre-makers to create a fresh canon of work, we want to reach new audiences, help develop new cross-art form practice and tell new stories.”

As well as World Premiere productions developed with HOME, there is a carefully curated programme of new work featuring celebrated emerging artists and award-winning shows from international festivals. It includes Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas’s new production One, Iman Qureshi’s Papatango Prize winning play The Funeral Director, and a return of Scottee’s hit Fat Blokes. There are also acclaimed Fringe First winners with Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, and Dressed by This Egg.

2019 will feature a vibrant programme of building-wide festivals and seasons which include major productions in the theatres. In April HOME’s annual ¡Viva! Festival of Spanish and Latin American art returns for a 25th year. It features the HOME-commissioned Kingdom by award-winning Catalan company Señor Serrano. HOME will also mark Refugee Week, with a mixed programme including Iranian artist Nassim Soleimanpour’s production Nassim.

Dave Moutrey added: “I believe HOME is at its most impactful when the work on our stages connects with the programme in our cinemas and galleries. In 2019, landmark theatre events sit at the heart of building-wide celebrations, bringing together artists and communities from our region and around the world. !Viva! has added resonance this year with such uncertain times in Europe. This festival promises to be an artistic antidote with another a joyous international cultural party. To mark the 200th anniversary of Peterloo in summer 2019, we’re planning a special programme exploring the timeless interaction between music and political protest. More details will be announced soon.”

Alongside all this, HOME will welcome the famous and the funny to its theatre spaces. Highlights include comedian Mark Thomas with his theatrical examination of our National Health Service in Check Up: Our NHS @ 70; RuPaul’s Drag Race favourite Jinkx Monsoon; and HOME regulars The Tiger Lillies taking a trip into the Devil’s Fairground.

HOME also offers a year-round platform where people throughout Manchester’s communities, especially young people, can engage with the arts. Highlights of a packed programme for 2019 include a new show from CAN Young Artists, and the return of National Theatre Connections Festival, bringing together some of the most exciting writers in the country with the theatre makers of tomorrow.

Full listings available online:

2019 Highlights Performance calendar:

Wise Children Tue 26 Feb – Sat 2 Mar Directed by Emma Rice Tickets £10 – £29 (Concession from £5) Age 14+

Tue 26 Feb – Sat 2 Mar, 19:30 Thu 28 Feb & Sat 2 Mar, 14:00

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS @ 70 Tickets £16 (£12 Concession including NHS Staff) Age 14+ Fri 8 & Sat 9 Mar, 20:00

Kourtney Kardashian Thu 7 – Sat 9 Mar Tickets £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 Concession) Thu 7 – Sat 9 Mar, 19:45 Soho Theatre in association with Curtis Brown presents:

Jessie Cave: Sunrise Thu 14 – Sat 16 Mar Tickets £14 (£12 Concession) Recommended 16+ Thu 14 – Sat 14 Mar, 19:45 Fri 15 Mar, 11am – Parent and Baby Performance Runtime 60 minutes

Fat Blokes Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar Tickets £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 Concession) Recommended 18+ Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar, 19:45 Sat 23 Mar, 14:15 Running time: 1hr 5 mins

The Funeral Director By Iman Qureshi Wed 27 – Sat 30 Mar Tickets £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 Concession) Wed 27 – Sat 30 Mar, 19:45

The Ginger Snapped Thu 28 – Sat 30 Mar Tickets £25 (£23 Concession) Recommended 16+ Thu 28 – Sat 30 Mar, 20:00 Running time approx. 80 mins

Thebes Land by Sergio Blanco (Uruguay) Tue 2 – Sat 6 Apr Translated and directed by Daniel Goldman Tickets £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 Concession) Recommended 14+ Tue 2 – Sat 6 Apr, 19:45 Sat 6 Apr, 14:45 Running time approx. 2hrs 15 mins (inc. interval) Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019

Agrupacion Señor Serrano SCCL Kingdom Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr Tickets £10 – £28 (Concession from £5) Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr, 19:30 Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019

CYA@HOME Fri 12 & Sat 13 Apr More information to follow

National Theatre Connections 2019 Tue 23 – Sat 27 Apr Tickets £5 More information to follow

Richard III By William Shakespeare Directed by John Haidar Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May Tickets £10 – £23 (Concession from £5)

Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May, 19:30 Thu 2 & Sat 4 May, 14:00 Recommended 12+

One Wed 8 – Fri 10 May Tickets £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 Concession) Wed 8 – Fri 10 May, 19:45

Grand Finale Wed 22 – Sat 25 May Tickets £10 – £21 (Concession from £5) Wed 22 – Sat 25 May, 19:30 Recommended 14+ Running time 1hr 45min

Scottee Wed 15 – Sat 18 May Tickets £14 – £16 (£5 – £12 Concession) Wed 15 – Sat 18 May, 19:30

This Egg Dressed Tue 4 – Sat 8 Jun Tickets £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 Concession) Recommended 16+ Tue 4 – Sat 8 Jun, 19:45 Running time approx. 1hr

The Tiger Lillies The Devil’s Playground Tue 11 Jun Tickets £20 (£18 Concession) Tue 11 Jun, 20:00 Recommended 14+ Running time 1hr 50 mins (inc 20 min interval)

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