Manchester’s World of Theatre


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From period architecture to high tech sports stadiums and a bustling street culture, Manchester ticks so many boxes. It’s also very much a city of the arts, and the Northern England’s largest city is no stranger to the stage. Whether you live in the heart of town, south of the centre in a suburb such as Bramhall or in Middleton to the north, Manchester boasts a dazzling array of theatre venues. Perfect for a wide variety of shows from much feted to fringe, here we take a closer look at five of the best theatres in Manchester.

Palace Theatre

One of the city’s oldest theatres, the Palace is also one of the grandest. Opening back in 1891, this atmospheric venue is a true Mancunian icon. As well as a heady mix of top-notch productions, you can also delve into the Palace Theatre Manchester events calendar to find a whole host of extra reasons to visit. At around 2,000 seats, its capacity is among the biggest in this corner of the country. 

HOME Manchester

From the traditional to the modern, this Tony Wilson Place venue is a relatively new theatre in Manchester. Completed in 2015 at a cost of £25 Million, HOME is an enigmatic arts complex spread out over 500 square metres. There’s a chic cafe bar for enjoying a drink and a bite before taking your place in the main 500-seat theatre, where you can catch a range of innovative and exciting productions.

Royal Exchange Theatre

Another bona fide Manchester landmark, construction on this historic haunt began all the way back in 1867. The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester has survived numerous crises and continues to thrive following a huge redevelopment in the Nineties, when it became a symbol of the city’s rebirth. Getting its name from its previous use as a trading hall, the Exchange has been operating as a theatre since 1973 and is also home to a bar, cafe, performance space and small shop.

The Lowry

Part of the popular Salford Quays area, the Lowry is conveniently located for southern suburbs such as Stretford and Urmston, as well as MediaCity UK. Boasting two theatres, galleries and a studio space, this vibrant arts complex is also home to the world’s largest collection of work from the artist it’s named after, L. S. Lowry. The award-winning Lyric Theatre has the UK’s largest stage outside the West End in London, and always has inspiring shows, performances and events to catch.

Manchester Opera House

Last but not least, the Grade II-listed Opera House is the sister venue of the Palace Theatre and also holds almost 2,000 spectators. The curved, cantilevered balconies, large stage and expansive orchestra pit make this venue superb for musicals and orchestral performances, as well as for theatre productions. Handsome and traditional, the Manchester Opera House regularly premieres a host of top shows.

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