The six day international theatre festival opened in Manchester on Monday!

To launch Flare15 to the world, The Guardian streamed a production (right) of Sleepwalk Collective's As the Flames Rose We Danced to the Sirens, the Sirens.

On Tuesday afternoon, artists participating in the festival and specially invited guests came to the official opening. The Mayor of Manchester - Councillor Paul Murphy OBE - welcomed guests from all over the world and talked of the importance of new theatre in the city and how proud he was to host such an innovative festival.



The crowd went on to watch #LOSMICRÓFONOS - 'a wonderfully refreshing show that raises high hopes for Flare15' (Manchester Theatre Awards).

The show also received FOUR STARS from The Public Reviews'...a refreshingly clever way of making theatre'.

There are still tickets available for tonight's performance of #LOSMICRÓFONOS. Call Box Office on 0161 833 9833.


The festival continues at the Royal Exchange on Friday 17 July with Hof van Eede's award-winning show WHERE THE WORLD IS GOING, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING. Book your tickets here.

Andy Smith's THE PRESTON BILL will play on Saturday 18 July, 6.30pm. Find out more and book your tickets here.