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About the Opera House Manchester

The Opera House, Manchester is a Grade II listed building that originally opened in 1912 under the name of the New Theatre. In 1915, the building was sold to United Theatre Ltd and renamed the New Queens Theatre in order to stand a better chance against competitors. Due to the regular performances of Sir Thomas Beecham between 1916 and 1920, the venue was renamed to the Opera House. After the Second World War, the building became a cinema and was later used as a bingo hall before becoming a theatre once more in 1984.

Large touring musicals are often housed at the Opera House, including Barnum, The Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Show. Following major refurbishments in 2003, the venue continues to host major productions from across the country and from London’s West End. With a seating capacity of 1,920, the Opera House is built across three levels; the Stalls, Circle and Gallery. The Stalls are the largest section, with over 800 seats that offer excellent views. The Circle seats over 500 people and offers good views of the stage due to raked seating. The Gallery is the highest tier and seats over 500 people, offering clear views. Designed by Charles Lovett Gill, the Opera House is an expansive commercial theatre in the heart of busy Manchester.

Plan your visit

Theatregoers can relax in the Opera House’s public spaces up to 90 minutes before the start of the performance.
There is a cloakroom at the theatre. Patrons can check in items including bags and coats for a small fee.
There are a variety of security measures at the Opera House to ensure all the comfort and safety of all theatregoers. You may be asked to participate in a bag check when entering the venue, so please arrive in plenty of time to reach your seats before the performance starts.
There are bars on all levels of the Opera House, serving snacks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before performances and during the interval. Theatregoers can also book bespoke Ambassador Lounge packages for their visit when booking tickets online.
The Opera House is located in central Manchester, with lots of restaurants nearby for pre-show dining. Popular Indian restaurant Dishoom is five minutes’ walk away via Byrom Street, and Tampopo in nearby Albert Square has an excellent variety of Pan Asian dishes. For fans of Italian food, Gusto has a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and is just three minutes away from the theatre.
There are many well-reviewed hotels near the Opera House, including King Street Townhouse, which has a Rooftop Terrace for enjoying views across Manchester. If you’re looking for a decent budget hotel, there is a Premier Inn five minutes away on foot for simple but comfortable accommodation.

Help booking tickets

Patrons can collect tickets from the Opera House box office up to 90 minutes before the show begins. Please bring the card you booked with and your confirmation email, as this will help the box office team locate your tickets.
The box office opens for ticket collection 90 minutes before the first performance of the day and remains open until 15 minutes after curtains up.
Customers can contact the box office team for booking enquiries by calling 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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