From classic musicals at the Opera House and big West End shows at The Palace Theatre, cutting edge drama at the unique Royal Exchange and innovative new plays and performances at Contact, Manchester theatre offers a great variety of theatre experiences. With one foot firmly in its great music hall past at the popular Palace and Opera House, you’ll always find fun family entertainment on offer.
Great Manchester theatre venues on the city outskirts include the popular Lowry Theatre featuring everything from classic drama to comedy, dance, musicals, sing-a-longs, circus and cabaret. Internationally acclaimed live music venues include The Bridgewater Hall with its mix of classical, world, country and many other genres of musical performance.
The Royal Exchange Theatre
Blending the modern with the historic, The Royal Exchange Theatre in the heart of Manchester not only has a unique year round programme of performance, its design is also unique, housed within the Great Hall of an old Victorian Cotton Exchange. The stage is encased by a vast seven sided great glass walled capsule. Founded in 1976, The Royal Exchange is an award-winner, famous for its classic drama including regular performances of Wilde, Coward, Shakespeare and Chekhov. A restaurant with daily specials and a children’s menu plus a bar, cafe and craft shop are all on-site.
The Palace Theatre
A first class regional touring venue, The Palace Theatre has long been a top North West theatre for big West End shows, internationally acclaimed ballet and opera touring companies. You’ll also catch popular musicals and legendary concert performances here. Conveniently situated near Oxford Road rail link and slightly on the city’s outskirts, The Palace is within easy reach of stylish restaurants and bars around Manchester’s student village and sits directly alongside major bus routes.
Opera House Manchester
Located in the heart of the city centre, a short walk off Deansgate, the Opera House Theatre is perhaps Manchester’s most beautiful theatre, refurbished completely in the early 2000s and today hosting a year round mix of musicals, cabaret, burlesque, themed music nights and more. Deansgate and Oxford Road Stations, and tram stop St Peters Square are all a short walk away and major bus links depart from nearby Quay Street.
A colourful modern theatre venue, The Lowry at Salford Quays is a theatre going feast of fun featuring a packed programme of comedy, dance, children’s theatre and unique drama often with a Mancunian or North West link. Exceptional live music concerts and legendary musical stars perform here regularly as do high profile ballet and opera companies. The Lowry also features galleries, a choice of dining options, cafes, bars, gift shops and ample adjacent parking on-site. A wide choice of super stylish accommodation options are also available on the Quays – ideal for that weekend theatre break in Manchester.