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Manchester’s January Round-Up

5 January 2019 |

Some people think January is the gloomiest month of the year, after the sparkle of Christmas and New Year have whistled past. But the lucky people who live in or visit Manchester have plenty to look forward to in 2019. Here are five fabulous ideas to kick start your year…

The Producers, Royal Exchange
Max Bialystock used to be Broadway's top dog, but he's lost his touch. Failure after failure has left him down on his luck and he needs to make some cash – and fast! When his new accountant discovers that as a producer, a musical is more lucrative as a total failure than a hit, the pair set out to stage something so ridiculous that it closes on its opening night. With an extremely inappropriate script, a Director with a disastrous reputation and a lead that has a tendency to do his own thing, what could possibly go wrong?
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You can catch this classic comedy caper at the Royal Exchange until 2 February; see here to book tickets

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Manchester Central
Now in its fifth year, the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival celebrates Britain’s best breweries, as well as a number of specially curated international selections. Sponsored by the likes of Joseph Holt, Budvar and Westsons, the event will feature three large bars serving real ale, a Keykeg bar and a number of street food traders – so there’s plenty of opportunity to line your stomachs. With beers from a whopping 100 British breweries, over 600 ales, and gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and alcohol-free options, everyone has a reason to raise their glass. Cheers!
Image via @MancBeerFest on Twitter

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival runs from 23 - 26 January

The Rocky Horror Show, Manchester Opera House
I see you shiver in anti...cipation! Performed in over 30 countries and seen by an audience of 30 million and counting, Richard O’ Brien’s cult hit musical rolls into Manchester on 9th January. Join high school sweethearts Brad and Janet for a night they’ll never forget, as their car breaks down outside the mysterious Dr Frank N. Furter’s castle. Narrated by Dom Joly and featuring hits to the tune of The Timewarp, Sweet Transvestite and Dammit Janet, be prepared to laugh, heckle and dance your way through the evening. Remember, it’s just a jump to the left…
Image via @rockyhorrorshow on Facebook
The show runs from 9 - 26 January. Manchester Opera House is located at 3 Quay St, M3 3HP

The HSBC National Track Championships, National Cycling Centre
With the 2020 Olympics just over a year away, this is your chance to see some future cycling superstars in action at the biggest track event of the year! After months of training, the Championship brings together the best in the country as they battle it out to become National Champion for the iconic red, white and blue jersey – and the prestigious title of. With tickets starting from just £5 and events featuring Olympic medal winners and World Champions, this weekend is one not to be missed.
Image credit: britishcycling via flickr

The Championship takes place from 25 - 27 January and you can book tickets here

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, The Lowry
Showstopper is a musical extravaganza like no other – but you’ll have to be quick because it’s in Manchester for one night only, so be sure to book soon before it sells out! This will be an entirely unique musical, never seen or staged before, created entirely from the audience’s spontaneous suggestions. Grab your thinking cap and prepare to be entertained.
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The performance takes place on 27 January; The Lowry is at Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ

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