Theatre and Concert Visits

Theatre and Concert Visits

Contact:  Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7TR.   Tel: 01565 872643   email:

The former Performance Arts Group (which we are renaming Theatre and Concert Visits) has decided to broaden its horizons!  We are making our outings available to all members of Knutsford U3A.  Obviously, we will have to reserve a larger block of tickets for events that we think might be popular, and we will also have a coach to take you from Knutsford Bus Station to the door of the venue.



  • All bookings must be accompanied by a bookings form and a cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A. Please write the name of the performance or outing on the back of the cheque.
  • We will contact you only if your booking has not been successful. If you want confirmation that you have the places you want, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Usually your cheque will not be paid in until two weeks before the event.
  • If a performance is fully booked when we receive your cheque you will be informed and placed on the waiting list.
  • Priority will be given to U3A members. If you would like to bring someone who is not a member please put a note on the booking form to this effect and we will inform you if a place becomes available.
  • We hope to take bookings for the current performances at our general meetings but, as our outings are proving very popular we cannot guarantee the availability at the time of the meeting. In other words please book early to be sure of a place!


The next programme appears below and we hope that there will be ‘something for everyone.’   For a booking form, which can be printed off, click here, or use the one at the bottom of this page

Please use a separate booking form and separate cheque (made out to Knutsford U3A) for each performance and send to Mrs Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR. Tel:01565 872643 or email






Written by  Maxine Peake

Tuesday, July 10th,  7.30 pm                                    Cost, including transport, £ 36.00

Royal Exchange, Manchester                                      Coach departs 6 pm

‘A powerful play, full of Northern wit’.

This is a new play, written especially for the Royal Exchange, by Maxine Peake. ‘Queens of the Coal Age’  is the true story of four ordinary women, in 1993, facing up to the closure of the Parkside colliery pit.  They take a tour down the pit and refuse to come up!   It sounds a dramatic and entertaining evening.

Tickets for ‘Queens of the Coal Age’ have to be paid for by May 8th






Thursday, October 25th, 7.30 pm                      Cost, including transport,   £46.00    

The Lowry Theatre, Salford                                Coach departs 6 pm


Spectacular classical ballet combines slick comedy, a clog-dancing dame, a super cute pony with a serious story of young love at its heart.     Frederick Ashton’s pastoral frolic is billed as ‘the sunniest, funniest English masterpiece’, and is nothing but a delight.

I realise this is a long way ahead, but in order to retain the excellent seats which I have booked, I have to pay for them by  the end of June, so please order as soon as you can.  They will be on sale at the monthly meeting in June.

 Tickets are still available, as at 10th June.





Tuesday, October 2nd, 7.30 pm                       Cost, including transport, £ 35.00   

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester            Coach departs bus station, 6 pm


This is the story of the Wars of the Roses,  retold through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry VIth, as she steers England through the perilous days of the Civil War, struggling to retain the throne for her son.

Jeanie O’Hare, who has been literary advisor to the RSC since 2005, has recreated this story using original text from four of Shakespeare’s plays, together with Margaret’s own letters and civil war sources.    Margaret is played by the delightful ‘rising star’ Jade Anouka, who has appeared in the West End and also on TV alongside Adrian Lester in ‘Trauma’.

As this is the Premiere, I can’t tell you any more about it!  But I trust it will be a dramatic evening!

Please send a booking form and cheque, (see below).    Tickets for  will also be on sale at the June Monthly Meeting.




Thursday, November 1st, 7.30 pm                 Cost, including transport,   £29.00

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester                            Coach departs, 6 pm


Think of THE royal wedding in May – Do you remember the lovely young cellist who played so beautifully?  That was Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016 – when only 17! – Now a 19 year old prodigy, still a student , but with a fast rising professional career, he will play the wonderful Elgar cello concerto at the Bridgewater Hall in November.   I already have one star struck teenager coming up from Devon to see and hear him!  It should be a real treat.  As somebody has just said: ‘Well, if it’s good enough for the Royals……..’

This is paired with Ravel’s  wartime suite, ‘Le tombeau de Couperin’ and Stravinsky’s electrifying ballet, ‘Petrushka’, which should cheer us all up!  Played, of course, by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.




Wednesday, November 14th, 7.30 pm               Cost, including transport,  £35.00

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester                Coach departs, 6 pm


Sarah Frankcom, who directed ‘Our Town’, directs Arthur Miller’s well known classic about the downfall of the American Dream.  Willy Loman will be played by Don Warrington, who has been regularly on our screens since the eighties, including a bout in ‘Strictly’!   However, he is primarily an accomplished theatre actor, working with RSC, the National and others. His two previous performances at the Exchange have received ‘five star’ reviews, for the lead role in ‘All My Sons’ and, more recently, as King Lear.   So it augurs well for another dramatic evening!


Tickets for the two November dates should be available until mid September , ( if not sold out before!).



PLEASE use a separate booking form and a separate cheque (made payable to Knutsford U3A) for each performance and send to Mrs Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR.

For further information telephone 01565 872643 or email



Knutsford and District U3A 





•          Write the name of the performance or outing on the back of your cheque

•          Make your cheque payable to Knutsford and District U3A

•          Send a stamped, addressed envelope if you want your reservation confirmed

•          If you are not making a booking at a General Meeting, please use a separate booking form and a separate cheque (made payable to Knutsford U3A) for each performance and send to Mrs Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR.

You will be contacted if your booking was NOT successful.



I/We would like to book ………… places for the following event and enclose a cheque for £………………………………….


Date and Time

Name and Address with Postcode


Phone number


Phone number in case of emergency


Please send this completed form and cheque made payable to Knutsford U3A toMargaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, Alderley Edge,  SK9 7TR.

Tel.  01565 872643  Cheques should be made out to Knutsford U3A.