Best stage shows to catch in Manchester City Centre
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In some eyes, Manchester is the cultural capital of the north. With at least half a dozen in the city centre alone, fans of plays, operas, dramas and stand-up comedy won’t find it too hard to see a show they’d like to watch.
With summer not too far away, we pick 10 stage shows that are currently treading the boards of Manchester’s many theatres in the next few months. You’re sure to find something for everyone’s tastes!
The Night Watch – Royal Exchange Theatre, 19th May to 18th June
This tense 1940’s-set drama follows the life of five individuals who have returned home from battle in World War Two, struggling to come to terms with life. Settings include a dating agency, a prison cell and a cinema, with each character’s life stories intertwining.
The Royal Exchange Theatre is a 10 min walk (0.5 miles) from Roomzzz
King Lear – Manchester Opera House, opens 31st May
This classic Shakespearean tragedy is brought to life as the trials and tribulations of a king who has to divide up his kingdom between his three daughters. How does his highness cope with his world collapsing all around him?
Twelfth Night – HOME, opens 11th May
Sticking with Shakespeare, this multi-layered comedy has all kinds of subplots to keep up with, but this staging of one of the Bard’s most popular plays is made accessible by a fun, live soundtrack. Expect mistaken identities, jokes and love.
HOME is located just 12 min by foot (0.6 miles) from Roomzzz
Little Sister – Royal Exchange Theatre, opens 4th August
A world premiere in the heart of Manchester, this spooky tale is heavily influenced by The Twelve Wild Swans, a story from the Brothers Grimm. This production explores themes such as silence, suffering, love, and sacrifice, not to mention isolation.
The Mousetrap – Manchester Opera House, opens 27th June
Officially the world’s longest-running play, this classic whodunnit follows scenes in remote countryside where a group of people in the midst of a murderer ask which one of them was responsible. At two hours and 20 minutes, this play will have you gripped from start to finish!
Bird – Royal Exchange Theatre, opens 8th June
This play follows the stories of Ava and Tash, two teenagers approaching adulthood. About to leave the care home they’ve spent most of their childhood in, Ava sets about looking for the mother she had run away from whilst Tash looks for somewhere to live. Friendship amidst adversity is the common theme in this heartwarming production.
Save The Last Dance For Me – Palace Theatre, opens 27th June
A feel-good toe-tapper, this long, winding musical takes you back to the summer of 1963, where teenage sisters Jennifer and Marie find love on a family holiday. After meeting a handsome man at an air force base, they discover that love is more colourful than all that surrounds them.
Palace Theatre is a 5 min walk (0.2 miles) from Roomzzz
Jackie – The Musical – Manchester Opera House, opens 17th May
Following the travails of a recent divorcee who leafs through all of her Jackie annuals for advice on how to find love again, this musical is a whirlwind ride through the sounds of the 70’s. With the sounds of The Osmonds, T-Rex and co to guide her, she finds herself in a good place to meet ‘the one’ once again.
Mamma Mia! – Palace Theatre, opens 10th May
Set on an idyllic Greek island, this marathon musical centres on Sophie, a young woman who is desperate to find out the identity of her father. After narrowing it down to three men, she opens up a can of worms as they all return to the island they haven’t visited since before she was even born!
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