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Pretty Woman: The Musical

Pretty Woman: The Musical

The hit film, is now all singing and dancing and guarantees a great night out.

Player Kings

Player Kings

Sir Ian McKellen stars as Falstaff in a reimagining of Henry IV.

Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

This hit cult musical follows the dreadful duo who spent their life on the run!

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

The only show where everything that can go wrong - should!

Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie

A fantastic new production of David Walliams’ adventure - with a big owl, a tiny ghost and a really awful Auntie!

An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical

An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical

Based on the hit 80s movie, this winning story of love and bravery will sweep you off your feet.

& Juliet

& Juliet

The musical that asks "What if Juliet didn't die?"

Only Fools and Horses the Musical

Only Fools and Horses the Musical

Stick a pony in your pocket - the smash hit show Only Fools and Horses The Musical is going on the road!

Cinderella: The Pantomime

Cinderella: The Pantomime

Find your glass slipper at this festive family treat!

NOW That's What I Call A Musical

NOW That's What I Call A Musical

This fun-filled evening is bursting with hits from Whitney Houston, Wham!, Blondie and more!

Rob Beckett: Giraffe

Rob Beckett: Giraffe

The happy go lucky comic is back with a brand new show.

What’s On at Opera House Manchester

A packed events schedule is waiting for theatregoers at Opera House Manchester in 2024 when a variety of big musicals and touring shows hit the city. Most exciting amongst these is backstage comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong, from the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong, in March, and & Juliet in July. This Shakespeare meets pop music spectacular previously ran in the West End and is a joyful, pure fun musical for older kids and adults.

One of the top events at Opera House Manchester is undoubtedly Ian McKellen in Player Kings. Book your tickets early to see the legendary actor on stage in March, before he takes the show down to London. Families have plenty of entertainment to choose from as well, with Awful Auntie bringing even more thrills and fun to the theatre in April.

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. The theatre now hosts a varied schedule of events each year.

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.

Map and Address

3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP

Manchester’s Opera House is located in the heart of the city, with multiple places to eat and drink in the neighbouring Deansgate. High-end shopping is available in nearby Spinningfields with beautiful architecture nearby, including Manchester Town Hall and the John Rylands Library. On the River Irwell, you can also find eateries and the People’s History Museum. There are excellent transport links within minutes of the theatre, making it easily accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Opera House Manchester box office open?

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.

What time does Opera House Manchester open for a show?

Theatregoers can relax in the Opera House’s public spaces up to 90 minutes before the start of the performance. It is worth arriving early to enjoy the atmosphere and avoid large queues.

What food and drink are available at Opera House Manchester?

There are bars on all levels of the venue, 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.

Does Opera House Manchester have a cloakroom?

There is no cloakroom at the theatre. Visitors are advised not to bring any items that they would not be able to hold with them in the auditorium during the performance.

Where should I eat near Opera House Manchester?

The theatre 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!

What is the best hotel to stay at near Opera House Manchester?

There are many well-reviewed hotels near the venue, 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.

How do I contact the box office?

Customers can contact the box office team for booking enquiries by calling 0333 009 6690.

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