26 March – 18 April | 7.30pm | Bolton Octagon | From £11.50
Celebrate the appointment of Elizabeth Newman as new artistic director at the Octagon by attending a performance of her latest piece, Noël Coward’s Private Lives. Everything she did last year was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award and it’s at the Octagon, so you know it’s going to be good. The team have also cast younger actors than usually used, so any sense of stuffiness should be shaken out.

2 April | 8.00pm | Contact | £15
Best known as a panellist on programs like Mock The Week, Yashere has material covering topics from her five stone weight loss to an incident in a brothel in Singapore. Funny and likeable, she is someone who gets the whole ethos of Contact and turns up her performance as a result.

15-26 April | 7.30pm | Kings Arms Salford | £12
An ambitious musical comedy number that has done well and received good reviews already, this production follows the story of a girl who has a talent for imitating the world’s most wonderful singers. The work of Jim Cartwright is always worth seeing, and this particular production I am sure will do him justice.

22-23 April | 2.30pm & 7.30pm | Z-Arts | £8 (£6 concessions)
What looks like being a brilliant production from the inspiring Cardboard Citizens company, this, like all their other work, is made by performers who have experienced homelessness. It talks about the important issue of people living on the margins – exactly the sort of thing that theatre is best at doing.