Manchester Theatres – shows and tickets
Want to know where you can find theatre in Manchester? We’ve featured some of the best Manchester theatres and arts venues and some of upcoming shows we are excited about.
Manchester theatre tickets can be purchased by clicking on the links shown below to the city’s great arts venues.
Palace Theatre Manchester
Opened in 1891 and located on the intersection of Oxford and Whitworth Street, Manchester, the Palace Theatre is one of the cities main theatres hosting major touring musicals and other major arts events including concerts, ballet, opera and comedy. The theatre is one of the largest and besat equipped theatres outside London and seats approximately 1955 patrons.
Upcoming productions at Manchester’s Palace Theatre include We Will Rock You, Dreamgirls, Saturday Night Fever The Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Disney’s The Lion King, The Bodyguard, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical.
Manchester Opera House
Opened in 1912 and located at 3 Quay Street, Manchester, the Opera House Manchester is the sister venue to the Palace Theatre and plays host to touring musicals, theatre, ballet and Christmas pantomime. The venue played host to the World premieres of Ghost The Musical, Bat Out Of Hell The Musical, & Juliet, Back To The Future The Musical and the upcoming UK premiere of Mrs Doubtfire The Musical. The venue seats 1920 patrons.
Upcoming productions at the Manchester Opera House include Jersey Boys, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Peter Pan the Pantomime, Mamma Mia!, The Rocky Horror Show, Rock Of Ages, The Commitments, and Shrek The Musical.
The Royal Exchange Theatre
One of Manchester’s most unique theatre spaces and is housed in the city centre on the land bounded by St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, Market Street, Cross Street and Old Bank Street. In 1999, the Royal Exchange Theatre was awarded Theatre Of The Year in the Barclays Theatre Awards.
The steel and glass structure making up the Royal Exchange Theatre sits within the Central Great Hall. The theatre can seat an audience of up to 800 on three levels, making it the largest theatre in the round in The World. There are 400 seats at ground level in a raked configuration, above which are two galleries, each with 150 seats set in two rows.
Since it opened in 2015, HOME is an arts centre in Manchester comprising five cinemas, two theatres and a gallery space located in First Street, Manchester. With approximately 900,000 visitors in 2019, HOME has built a reputation for quality, adventurous cultural programming and for supporting emerging and mid-career talent.
Hope Mill Theatre
Opened in 2015, Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has fast become one of the most successful independent venues in England winning the Fringe Venue Of The Year at the 2018 Stage Awards. With a capacity of 120 seats, the theatre has a flexible configuration. The Hope Mill produce many of their own shows with critical successes for recent productions including Rent and Passion.
The Lowry, Salford
Opened in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II, The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex located in Media City, Salford Quays. The venue comprises the Lyric Theatre with 1730 seats, Quays Theatre with 466 seats and 150-seat studio space. The Lyric Theatre has the largest stage in the United Kingdom outside of London’s West End.
Upcoming productions includes Girl From The North Country, Fisherman’s Friends The Musical, Gary Barlow – A Different Stage, The Color Purple the musical, Blood Brothers the musical, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, The Shawshank Redemption, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, An Inspector Calls, Wish You Were Dead, Strictly Ballroom the musical, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.