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Acting royalty Sir Ian McKellen set to star at the Lowry Theatre this April

The legendary Ian McKellen is coming to The Lowry Theatre this April to perform the smash hit production Mother Goose

The movie star will have the support of one of the UK’s most loved comedians, John Bishop who will be playing Vic Goose.

The production is set to land at The Lowry Theatre this Easter from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th of April in 2023.

It has been written by Jonathan Harvey, who has an impressive CV having worked on Coronation Street and Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie previously.

Cal McCrystal, who has worked with Cirque du Soleil and One Man, Two Guvnors will be directing.

Set and Costume design is by Liz Ascroft, Choreography by Lizzi Gee, Lighting design by Prema Mehta, Sound design by Ben Harrison and Puppet Design and Creation by Chris Barlow.

Casting is by Anne Vosser and the Production Manager is Ben Arkell.

The play centres on Mother Goose (McKellen) and her husband Vic (Bishop) running an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays – who live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams.

But when a goose (Casey) flies in, will fame and fortune get the better of them?! Will Ma’s feathers be seriously ruffled? Will Pa tell everyone to get stuffed?! And is their fair life about to turn fowl?

 The Lowry say: “Get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeccably constructed mayhem that will quack up the whole family.

“This hilarious family-friendly mother of all pantos is the ultimate theatrical feast full of fun, farce and more than a couple of surprises that will make you honk out loud.”

 Mother Goose is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Hunter Arnold, Wessex Grove, Richard Winkler & Dawn Smalberg, Caiola Productions and George Waud for Groove International.

Mother Goose is on sale to Lowry members on Thursday 29th December and on General Sale on Wednesday 4th January.

For more information on Lowry memberships please click here.

Here’s when you can catch Mother Goose 

Wed 5th – Sun 9th April

Performance Schedule:

Wed 5th April 2pm & 7pm

Thu 6th April 7pm

Fri 7th April 5pm

Sat 8th April 2pm & 7pm

Sun 9th April 12noon & 5pm

Access Performances: Thu 6th 7pm BSL, Fri 7th 5pm Audio Described

To book tickets, please click here

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