What’s on > What’s on in May

Forty years since Spain’s transition to democracy, our pioneering new group exhibition La Movida continues in our gallery this month. Inspired by the cultural freedom of 1980s Madrid, it brings themes of freedom, excess, clubbing, drugs, gay rights and pornography to the fore through the work of 16 artists including Linder and Derek Jarman.

On our screens, we open new releases Mindhorn, starring The Might Boosh’s Julian Barratt as a has-been actor determined to re-capture the magic of his glory days; Frantz, the stunning monochrome tale of a young woman in post-war Germany confronted with the arrival of a stranger who claims to have known her recently departed fiancé; and The Levelling, a gritty family drama with a twist starring Game of Thrones’ star Ellie Kendrick. Don’t miss our Q&A with The Levelling director Hope Dickson Leach on Tue 2 May.

On stage, we present the first UK revival of Martin Sherman’s award-winning Rose, which premiered in 1999 at the National Theatre. Academy award-nominee Dame Janet Suzman makes a rare return to the stage to star as eighty-year-old Rose, who takes us on a journey through her long and tumultuous life, that charts the fate of Europe’s Jews through the Twentieth Century.

We also have a host of events for you this month, including music and film epic The Unfilmables, presenting the greatest films never made live from our Theatre 1 stage; back-by-popular-demand workshop Upping Your Instagame, where you’ll learn how to develop your Instagram community; and we also welcome award-winning writer China Miéville, who joins us in conversation with our Artistic Director for Visual Art, Sarah Perks.

Theatre: What’s on in May

Event

Bring the Family

Sun 30 Aug 2015 – Mon 17 Jul 2017
We're launching a regular programme for families, which includes a specially selected film screening on the last Sunday of each...

Cinema: What’s on in May

Season

Classics

Ongoing
Our popular, ongoing programme brings cinema classics to the big screen every month – so you never need...
Event

Bring the Family

Sun 30 Aug 2015 – Mon 17 Jul 2017
We're launching a regular programme for families, which includes a specially selected film screening on the last Sunday of each...
Film

Their Finest (12A)

Last session: Wed 24 May 2017 at 13.10
Director Lone Scherfig (An Education) returns with an adaptation of the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half...
Film

Suntan (18)

Last session: Thu 4 May 2017 at 17.55
Set on a hedonistic Greek Island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist.
Film

Lady Macbeth (15)

Last session: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 14.00
Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd relocates Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to 19th-century North Eastern England, in...
Film

The Handmaiden (18)

Last session: Thu 1 Jun 2017 at 15.25
1930s Korea in the period of Japanese occupation. A new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to...
Film

Clash (15)

Last session: Thu 4 May 2017 at 15.35
A masterful depiction of a society torn apart by its differences.
Film

The Levelling (15)

Last session: Thu 1 Jun 2017 at 18.25
A stunning debut feature by writer-director Hope Dickson Leach, starring Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones) and David Troughton...
Film

The Birds (15)

Last session: Wed 3 May 2017 at 18.00
A Hitchcock classic in which Tippi Hedren's Melanie Daniels and the townsfolk of sleepy Bodega Bay are traumatised...
Film

Mindhorn (15)

Last session: Thu 8 Jun 2017 at 13.45
When MI5 Special Operative Bruce Mindhorn was captured in the late 1980s, his eye was replaced with a...
Event

The Unfilmables

Sat 6 May 2017
Film, music and imagination collide to present the greatest films never made, live on our Theatre 1 stage. BBC...
Film

Sugar Rush (18)

Last session: Sat 6 May 2017 at 20.20
As part of their Season 2 line up, Pilot Light TV Festival bring episodes of this BAFTA nominated,...
Film

Don’t Look Back (15)

Last session: Sun 7 May 2017 at 18.10
Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D.A Pennebaker. ...
Film

Jawbone (15)

Last session: Thu 18 May 2017 at 20.40
A passion project for writer and star Johnny Harris, Jawbone is the story of a former youth boxing...
Film

Frantz (12A)

Last session: Thu 1 Jun 2017 at 20.20
In a small German town after World War I, young German woman Anna (Venice award-winning Paula Beer) mourns...
Film

Lost in London (12A)

Last session: Thu 18 May 2017 at 20.25
A comic re-staging of one crazy night in Soho in 2002, Lost In London follows Woody Harrelson, playing...
Film

Manhattan (12A)

Last session: Thu 1 Jun 2017 at 20.25
42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis has a job he hates, a 17-year-old girlfriend he doesn't love, and a...
Film

Katzelmacher (15)

Last session: Thu 18 May 2017 at 18.20
Brutal and poignant, Fassbinder’s adaptation of his own play is still shockingly resonant. A Greek immigrant (Fassbinder) unleashes...
Film

Spaceship (15)

Last session: Thu 25 May 2017 at 18.15
When his daughter goes missing in an apparent alien abduction, Gabriel's search takes him dangerously close to her...
Film

Machines (12A)

Last session: Thu 25 May 2017 at 20.30
Exploring the human cost of mass production in our globalised world, Machines takes the viewer on a journey deep into...
Film

La Strada (PG)

Last session: Thu 25 May 2017 at 18.05
Made between the neo-realist leanings of I, Vitelloni and the glamorous excesses of La Dolce Vita, this 1957...
Film

Whisky Galore! (U)

Last session: Wed 24 May 2017 at 13.00
Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship in Alexander Mackendrick’s much-loved classic.
Film

The Red Turtle (PG)

Last session: Thu 13 Jul 2017 at 13.35
Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The...
Film

Inversion (PG)

Last session: Thu 1 Jun 2017 at 16.05
Niloofar lives alone in Tehran with her aged mother, and stays busy with her tailoring shop. Tehran's air...
Film

Effi Briest (U)

Last session: Sat 27 May 2017 at 17.30
An exquisite rendition of Fontane’s great novel of 1896 that examines the plight of 17-year-old Effi – forced...

Art: What’s on in May

Events: What’s on in May

Season

Classics

Ongoing
Our popular, ongoing programme brings cinema classics to the big screen every month – so you never need...
Event

Bring the Family

Sun 30 Aug 2015 – Mon 17 Jul 2017
We're launching a regular programme for families, which includes a specially selected film screening on the last Sunday of each...
Event

The Unfilmables

Sat 6 May 2017
Film, music and imagination collide to present the greatest films never made, live on our Theatre 1 stage. BBC...
Event

Show & Tell May 2017

Sat 20 May 2017
Discover Manchester's creative scene as artists, designers and makers talk about their practice, projects or sources of inspiration...