Conor McPherson’s stunning ghost story has enjoyed award winning runs in the West End and on Broadway. In a bar in the remote west of Ireland, the local bachelors are swapping spooky stories to impress Valerie, recently arrived from Dublin and living in the local ‘haunted house’. But as the time passes, the night takes a strange and unexpected twist. 01782 717962
DROWNED OUT (Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold until Nov 8)
The successful writing-directing team of Manon Eames and Tim Baker reunite for this powerful new play about a tragic struggle between a tiny community and a large city which had the backing of the government. In 1957, it was decided to drown the valley of Tryweyn near Bala to provide a reservoir for Liverpool, sparking a reaction that changed the fate of a nation. 0845 330 3565
EVITA (Stoke Regent until Nov 8)
West End performer Louise Dearman plays the title role of the extraordinary Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, who, from young and ambitious beginnings, gained enormous wealth and power during her ultimate rise to sainthood. Joining her in the role of Che is Seamus Cullen, finalist from the hit BBC TV programme Any Dream Will Do. This classic Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical features an array of unforgettable songs. 0870 060 6649
THE DRAWER BOY (Emlyn Williams Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Nov 7-29)
A young actor arrives at a small farm where he meets two middle-aged farmers with a moving story. When he decides to incorporate that story into a play, all their lives are transformed as buried secrets of love and tragedy emerge. Michael Healey’s play was first performed in Toronto in 1999. 0845 330 3565
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Liverpool Playhouse until Nov 8)
Northern Broadsides presents a new adaptation by actress Deborah McAndrew of Dario Fo’s classic satire. A man has “fallen” to his death from a window while in police custody - but did he jump or was he pushed? A brilliant expose of police corruption rooted in real events in 1960s Italy. 0151 709 4776
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (The Lowry, Salford Quays until Nov 8)
It’s 1934 and word arrives on the island of Inishmaan that they’re making a Hollywood film on neighbouring Inishmore. This comic gem is written by Martin McDonagh whose work includes The Pillowman and the recent film In Bruges. 0870 787 5788
FOR THE LOVE OF MRS BROWN (Manchester Opera House until Nov 8)
Brendan O’Carroll returns as Agnes Brown in the fourth part of his hilarious family saga. Having discovered the Internet, Agnes accidentally sets up a date with a man she knows only as HairyHarry25. Despite her family’s misgivings, she is determined to go through with it. 0844 847 2484
OPERA NORTH (The Lowry, Salford Quays until Nov 8)
The ever popular company return to The Lowry with performances of Puccini’s Tosca on Tuesday and Friday, Vincenzo Bellini’s operatic version of Romeo and Juliet on Wednesday and Saturday and George Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing on Thursday. 0870 787 5788
SHOUT! (Venue Cymru, Llandudno until Nov 8)
Groovy musical which takes you back to the fabulous, hazy days of the swinging 60s starring West End and TV celebrity Claire Sweeney and Hi-De-Hi star Su Pollard. Five gorgeous women and one lucky man will twist and shout, shimmy and shake while belting out classic, timeless hits. 01492 872000
ANTIGONE (Manchester Royal Exchange until Nov 18)
Sophocles’ classic tells the story of Antigone’s defiance – fighting for all she believes and refusing to bow to her ruler and prospective father-in-law when her brother is denied the dignity of a burial. Powerful and shattering, the play brims with modern parallels and takes its audience on a hugely dramatic and emotional journey. 0161 833 9833
INDEPENDENT MEANS (Manchester Library until Nov 22)
As a tribute to the centenary of Annie Horniman’s company at the Gaiety Theatre on Peter Street, the Library presents a comedic gem from Stanley Houghton, one of the leading members of the Manchester School of famous playwrights of the 20th century. Edgar Forsyth, public school educated son of a respected northern gent, returns early from his honeymoon with wife Sidney. His father’s business is not providing the income it once did – which gives Sidney the chance to become the family breadwinner – a ground-breaking concept when it was first created in 1909. 0161 236 7110
KING LEAR (Liverpool Everyman until Nov 29)
Undoubtedly one of the theatrical highlights of the year is the prospect of seeing award-winning actor Pete Postlethwaite take on one of the truly great Shakespearean roles in the intimate and intense environment of the Everyman. Directed by Rupert Goold, this production sees Postlethwaite return to the theatre where he enjoyed his first major breakthrough. 0151 7094776.
Tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 6): Poppa J, Wrexham Lager Sports & Social Club, Union Street, Wrexham.
Friday (Nov 7): Saloon Drifters, Ghostriders Country Music Club, Sidac Sports & Social Club, Leach Lane, St Helens.
Saturday (Nov 8): Krissy Turner, Brunel Arms, West Street, Crewe; Woody, Drovers Country Music Club, Coronation Club, Mulgrave Street, Stoke-on-Trent; Kevin Francis, Farndon Sports & Social Club, Farndon, near Chester.
Sunday (Nov 9): Johnny Holland, Gladstone Club, Station Road, Northwich; Pete Jones, Desperados Country Music Club, Farnworth Sports & Social Club, Peel House Lane, Widnes.
Tuesday (Nov 11): Richie Jones, Royal Oak, Worleston, Nantwich.