Jack Evans : Work | Tue 8 Aug | Castle Hotel | 7.30pm | £3
Manchester comic Jack Evans, idiot prince of longrunning alternative night Quippodrome, presents the first rough outing of his new show Work, which is an exploration of jobs, money and the politics that underpins them both. It looks to be a challenging show and a radical departure from Jack’s past hyperactive, surreal character work – leaning heavily into economic theory and flaunting its hard-hard left beliefs. Think Das Kapital but with better gags. Das Gagital.

Steve Shanyaski | Fri 11 Aug | Frog & Bucket | 8.30pm | £17
Club favourite and XS Manchester radio host Steve Shanyaski headlines the Frog & Bucket’s flagship Friday night show. Along with Shanyaski, who has previously appeared on ITV’s Comedy Rocks, there’s a particularly strong bill of comics on offer: Funz and Gamez alumni Mick Ferry opens the show, and bringing up the middle is Cokey Falkow, who was in one of the Starship Troopers films – although not the one you’ve seen. Irish comic and author Caimh McDonnell is on MCing duties for the evening

Midsummer Nights Dream | Sat 12 Aug | Sackville Gardens | 3pm | £8
Proving he’s still the king of comedy, William Shakespeare returns with fresh show for 2017. Seriously though, Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably Shakespeare’s best comedy – don’t even talk to me about Much Ado About Nothing – and a great choice for an outdoor performance, which is presumably why theatre company Chalice Productions have chosen to stage it in Sackville Gardens. It’s a great bit of fun for a Saturday afternoon, enjoying a magical show where a lot of the jokes still hold up 400 years later.

Mon 7 Aug - Sun 13 Aug
Jon Whiteley
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Sun 6 Aug 2017