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Programme announced for Manchester International Festival

Maxine Peake and Björk are set to return to the bi-annual festival this year

Maxine Peake in a publicity image for The Skriker
Maxine Peake in a publicity image for The Skriker

The programme has been announced for the 2015 Manchester International Festival, which runs from 2 to 19 July.

Included in the line up this year are Gerhard Richter, Björk, Maxine Peake and, as previously announced, a new musical from Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris and Moira Buffini.

Peake and director Sarah Frankcom return to MIF with The Skriker at the Royal Exchange, a revival of Caryl Churchill's play featuring specially commissioned music by Nico Muhly and Antony.

Elsewhere, choreographer Wayne McGregor is creating Tree of Codes, a contemporary ballet inspired by the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, with a score composed by Mercury Prize-winner Jamie xx.

Actress Charlotte Rampling and pianist Helene Grimaud will perform Neck of the Woods, a "portrait of the wolf brought to life in a startling collision of visual art, music and theatre."

Comedy producers The Invisible Dot will curate a programme in the Pavilion Theatre at Festival Square, which includes the world premiere of The Crocodile, a " deft satire" by Tom Basden.

And Björk returns to MIF for a one-off gig at Manchester’s Castlefield Arena.

Outgoing festival director Alex Poots said: "For our fifth Festival, in our tenth year, we remain committed to working with some of the world’s greatest artists, supporting them to make their most ambitious and best work."

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