Bennett’s People in Salford

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The National Theatre production of Alan Bennett’s new play People comes to The Lowry in Salford next week.

Fresh from a sell-out run at the National, People stars Brigit Forsyth – Bob’ wife Thelma in Whatever Happpened to the Likely Lads – and award-winning TV and stage actress Siân Phillips.

The play reunites Bennett with director Nicholas Hytner, following collaborations on The History Boys and The Habit of Art.

People is Alan Bennett’s sixth play for the National and concerns itself with the heritage induistry.

People spoil things and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s country pile – but with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is Dorothy to do? Her archdeacon sister wants to hand the estate to the National Trust, but Dorothy favours a more creative solution.

It runs from Tuesday to Saturday with Thursday and Saturday matinees.

Box office: 0843 208 6005 or www.thelowry.com.

Meanwhile, there’s suspects, secrets and suspense when a tour of Agatha Christie’s classic ‘whodunnit’ Go Back For Murder reaches Manchester Opera House next week.

A murder mystery packed with intrigue and suspense, it was one of over a dozen plays from the pen of Christie.

It was adapted from her novel Five Little Pigs, editing out the legendary detective Hercule Poirot.

The production is presented by The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, and Bill Kenwright.

Box office: 0844 871 3018 or www.atgtickets.com/manchester.

And RashDash tackle body image and the media in a riotous cabaret interpretation of Cinderella – The Ugly Sisters.

It’s at the Contact Theatre in Manchester tomorrow and Saturday.

Box office: 0161 274 0600 or www.contactmcr.com