Theatre

Whether it’s contemporary theatre led by young people or traditional art deco interiors, Oxford Road is home to many of Manchester’s iconic theatre and performance spaces.

From Laurel and Hardy and Judy Garland in the early 1900’s to more recent notable performances such as the Book of Mormon and Les Miserables, The Palace Theatre is the city’s largest theatre space. 

A short distance away is The Dancehouse, which held the world’s first twin cinema. In 2015 HOME opened its doors to the public, merging the former Cornerhouse with the Library Theatre Company to provide performance, exhibition, cinema and education spaces, alongside digital facilities, a café bar, restaurant and bookshop. 

Contact brings game-changing theatre and multidisciplinary art to Oxford Road. Seeking to enable young people to change their lives through the arts, the venue presents a diverse and accessible artistic programme of exciting new shows for audiences of all ages. A leading national theatre and arts venue, Contact places young people at the heart of its mission. Company members aged 13-30 work alongside staff in deciding the artistic programme and making staff appointments, as well as acting as full Board members. The result is a unique and diverse programme of art that challenges and inspires, working to change the face of UK culture.

Grosvenor East Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University is a fully equipped and flexible theatre space that seats 180 audience members in several configurations including thrust, flat floor and in the round. Manchester School of Theatre was originally established to provide acting lessons for opera singers at the Royal Northern College of Music but is now rightly recognised as one of the elite drama schools in the UK and one of only 20 classical conservatoire-style acting schools. It also sits among a community of artists, writers, filmmakers and other creatives within Manchester Metropolitan’s Arts and Humanities faculty.

Upcoming Shows

Hairspray The Musical
Palace Theatre | 16 – 27 July 2024

Hairspray took Broadway by storm, winning multiple awards worldwide. This feel-good classic is back at The Palace this summer.

Pillock
Contact | 17 – 18 July 2024

This summer Contact hosts an Edinburgh Fringe preview of Pillock, a new show presented by Knock and Nash.

Gallifrey Cabaret
HOME | 25 – 27 July 2024

Jump aboard the queerest TARDIS in time and space for a night of cosmic drag and cabaret, all inspired by the greatest TV show in the universe – DOCTOR WHO.

101 Dalmatians
Palace Theatre | 30 July – 10 August 2024

The smash hit musical 101 Dalmatians is coming to Palace Theatre this summer, starring Kym Marsh as the greatest villain of them all, Cruella De Vil.

My Son’s a Queer, (But what can you do?)
HOME | 19 – 25 August 2024

Award-winning production My Son’s a Queer, (But what can you do?) will take the stage ay HOME this summer ahead of Manchester PRIDE.

Who the f–k is shakespeare?
Contact | 3 – 4 October 2024

Following a sell-out run, four of Shakespeare’s (in)famous characters are back for a national tour, ready to tell their side of the story.

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells
The Bridgewater Hall | 22 October 2024

Tubular Bells is world-renowned as one of the most celebrated examples of music in film for its soundtracking of horror classic The Exorcist.

Wicked
Palace Theatre | 3 December 2024 – 12 January 2025

Wicked the smash-hit theatre show is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre in November 2024 as part of a UK tour.

The Bootleg Beatles
The Bridgewater Hall | 10 December 2024

Regarded the world over as the gold standard of tribute, The Bootleg Beatles return this Christmas for another nostalgic trip.

Pretty Vacant
The Bridgewater Hall | 6 February 2025

From its birth in New York City to its adolescence in London and onto its maturity across the globe, Pretty Vacant celebrates the legacy of the punk and New Wave movements.

Coraline – A Musical
HOME | 15 May – 7 June 2025

After worldwide success as a bestselling book and movie, Coraline – A Musical is now set to thrill audiences when it comes to HOME in May.

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