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Opera House Manchester Manchester

About the Opera House Manchester

The Opera House Manchester is a Grade II listed building that originally opened in 1912 as the New Theatre. Designed by Charles Lovett Gill in the Classical style, it is an expansive commercial theatre in the heart of Manchester. 

The venue has undergone several changes of ownership, name and function - including as a cinema and bingo hall - and was renamed the Opera House due to an association with conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Since 2009, it has been owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group along with its sister venue, Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

For over 50 years, Manchester Opera House has been a receiving and producing house for landmark productions including the 1958 European premiere of West Side Story, and the 1990s UK regional premiere of The Phantom of the Opera. Following major refurbishments in 2003, the venue continues to host major productions including the world premieres of Ghost the Musical, & Juliet, Bat Out of Hell and Back to the Future the Musical, all of which transferred to the West End.

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. Revolución de Cuba, a popular Cuban cocktail bar and tapas restaurant, offer 2/3 course set menus and 3 for £15 tapas deals on weeknights - perfect for pre-theatre dining!
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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