Brian Cox, Wayne McGregor, Jamie XX, and Kevin MacDonald in first MIF 2015 Shows

Manchester International Festival announces the first three shows for the 2015 Festival, the fifth edition of the world's only biennial of new commissions and special events.

Branagh's Macbeth wins three Manchester Theatre Awards

The MIF hit wins three awards and Cush Jumbo wins Best Actress for A Doll's House at the Royal Exchange in a celebration of Manchester's arts scene.

Our Favourite Productions of 2013

With the last of the big shows up and running, now feels like a good time to look back at the highlights of a busy year for theatre in the Northwest. Here, some of our team select their best productions of the year. See if you agree with them.

Review Round-Up: Branagh returns in 'thrilling' MIF Macbeth
By Editorial Staff
Manchester International Festival's production of Macbeth starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, opened last week, and runs until 20 July
Hadley Fraser plays chess master Garry Kasparov in new play The Machine
Hadley Fraser will star as Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in the world premiere of Matt Charman's new play The Machine, which premieres at Manchester International Festival next month.