A brave initiative from The Lowry will see patrons decide how much they should pay for a selection of theatre productions.
The Pay What You Decide season relates to four plays being performed at the Salford arts centre.
Instead of buying a ticket in advance, you simply watch the show and then pay what you think it was worth.
The Lowry’s PWYD season is divided between Hush Hush Nights and WTF Wednesdays.
On Hush Hush Nights, audiences will know nothing about the show they’re about to watch, with the first events taking place on Friday, 17 February and Friday, 21 April.
WTF Wednesday is about celebrating cutting edge contemporary theatre for the most creatively curious of cats. Massive Owl’s Castle Rock (Wed 25 Jan) and Prototype Theatre’s A Machine They’re Secretly Building (Wed 1 March) are presented in association with Word of Warning.
Massive Owl tell stories and challenge how a story can look, sound and feel. Castle Rock is a new story inspired by three of the voiceless characters in Stephen King’s novella The Body and its 1986 cult film adaptation, Stand By Me.
Prototype Theatre’s A Machine They’re Secretly Building charts a course to the erosion of privacy from the Top Secret secrets of WWI intelligence to 9/11.
Matt Eames, programmer and producer at The Lowry, said: “Pay What You Decide is a great opportunity for theatregoers to see something a bit different without committing a set amount upfront.
“We hope that it removes barriers for people who want to take a risk on something new but are worried they would be paying for something they may not enjoy.
“WTF Wednesdays are for those who want to test their theatrical boundaries while Hush Hush… well we wanted to surprise audiences with something fun – a treat for those who like a bit of mystery!”
To see a PWYD show at The Lowry all you need to do is reserve a seat by going to the Lowry website or calling box office on 0843 208 6000.
Full listing details are below:
Massive Owl: Castle Rock
Date: Wed 25 January
Prototype Theatre: A Machine They’re Secretly Building
Date: Wed 1 March
Hush Hush Nights
Dates: Fri 17 February & Fri 21 April