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18 great things to do in Manchester this week

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Another week, another fantastic opportunity to look ahead, like John Shuttleworth, get out there and make the most of your city. And to help, we've gathered 18 of the most exciting things coming up over the next seven days. Here we go...

Things to do

Christmas Markets, Albert Square and nearby locations, until Sun Dec 21
Back and bigger than ever before, the Christmas Markets, ('German' seems to have been dropped now), expand this year to take in a whole new set of sites. So go and get your glass of Gluwhein, roast your chestnuts and get all of your Christmas shopping done whilst you're at it.

This Is Supermarionation, Gorilla, Sun Nov 23, £15 NB This event is postponed until Sun Jan 11
For those of a certain age, this is children's TV heaven. A day of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, with classic episodes from the likes of 'Captain Scarlet', 'Joe 90' and the daddy of them all, 'Thunderbirds'. There's a party too afterwards at Fab Café.

Find more things to do here.

Theatre & Dance

Cinderella, Palace Theatre, Tue Nov 18 - Sat Nov 22, £7.75-£50
In Northern Ballet's new version, love conquers all in the frosty setting of Imperial Russia.

Othello, The Lowry, Tue Nov 18 - Sat Nov 29, £22-£26
Old Willy Shakespeare doesn't get more punchy and dynamic, with this contemporary take on the oft-told tale set in a snooker hall. You will absolutely forget that it was written four hundred years ago.

See our list of best theatre in Manchester here.

Music & Nightlife

The Gaslight Anthem, O2 Apollo, Mon Nov 17 - Tue Nov 18, £24.50
Two nights at the Apollo - that's a lot of tickets for the US rockers who take influence from bits of folk and bluegrass too.

Opera North, The Lowry, Tue Nov 18 - Sat Nov 22, £19.50-£60
Featuring 'The Bartered Bride', 'La Traviata' and 'The Coronation of Poppea', Opera North bring their usual eclectic choices to Salford. If you're new to opera and fancy giving it a try, 'La Traviata' is your best bet by far.  

English Disco Lovers, The Roadhouse, Fri Nov 21, £4
A fantastic idea this. Take the letters EDL and transform their meaning into something different, in this case, English Disco Lovers. Have fun dancing to some cracking tunes whilst sticking one in the eye of those nasty racists. Don't hate - gyrate!   

The Whisky Sessions, Victoria Warehouse, Fri Nov 21 - Sat Nov 22, £35-£55
Could anything be better than a music festival indoors? Well, yes! How about one which has music with bands like 'Gomez' and 'I Am Kloot' but which celebrates whisky too? See you there.

Halle Pops, Bridgewater Hall, Sat Nov 22, £17-£39
Classic hits, and we use the term literally, with pieces from Rossini, Bruch, Wagner and plenty more.

And there's more here.


John Shuttleworth, The Dancehouse, Fri Nov 21 - Sat Nov 22, £17
Frankly, just the title of this show, which refers to John's former manager, 'A Wee Ken to Remember', should be more than enough to persuade you to turn up for the funniest thing to come over the snake pass. Ever.

An Evening with Noel Fielding, O2 Apollo, Fri Nov 21, £25
You know that you're not going to get a standard stand-up show from 1 half of 'The Mighty Boosh' and creator of 'Luxury Comedy', so expect the unexpected, even if that's what you're expecting!

Dave Gorman, The Lowry, Sun Nov 23, £23
He used to sit in the café at Cornerhouse for hours on end, watching friends like Steve Coogan and Caroline Ahern starting to make it big. Look at him now.

Need more laughs? Here are out best comedy clubs in Manchester.


What We Do in the Shadows 
Rave reviews for a vampire comedy are as rare as a victim's uncooked neck, but this New Zealand film about four undead in a house share has been proving that laughs with bite can really work.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 
One of the year's biggest releases, this first half of the finale to the series will be everywhere from Thursday. Say what you like about them, these films do have an edge and, crucially, Jennifer Lawrence making it all very engaging. 

Winter Sleep
The year's Palm d'Or winner at Cannes runs in at over three hours, a Turkish drama with a lot of atmosphere and a lot of talking and it's quite brilliant.

Get listings and film times here.


Playtime, Cornerhouse, opens Sat Nov 22, Free
Wave bye bye to the Cornerhouse galleries with their swan song exhibition, based on the film of the same name by Jacques Tati. But don't despair, HOME will be along soon after with brand new, bigger and better gallery spaces.

Visit more galleries. Find them here.