Top 10 Theatre Shows to Book Now in Manchester

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Spring brings a whole new host of shows to Manchester’s theatres - here is our handy list of the top ones you might want to book:

1. A Taste of Honey

15th March - 13th April | Royal Exchange Theatre | St Ann's Square

Directed here by Emma Baggott, Shelagh Delaney’s iconic play is a stunning portrayal of working class life in 1950s Salford which puts women at the centre of the drama; Helen drags her daughter Jo across the flats of Salford with each fly-by-night flit with a new man, the latest one offering panoramic views of the local slaugherhouse...

Jo can feel her Mum’s restlessness, and expects that another man will appear and lure her away, leaving Jo behind to fend for herself. When Jimmie offers to stay for Christmas, Jo is swept up in his charm and the promise of escape – no matter how precarious that may be.

At Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre for nearly a month, you can book your tickets to get A Taste of Honey here

2. Sister Act

18 - 30th March | Palace Theatre Manchester | 97 Oxford Street

Based on the 1992 American musical crime comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is the uplifting story of a nightclub singer placed under witness protection and forced to reside in the worst place she could image - a convent full of nuns! However, despite her misgivings, this sinner soons finds purpose directing the lovely ladies in the convent choir.

Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (who wrote the music for Disney’s Aladdin and Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is a joyous must-see show which raises the spirits and warms the soul.

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3. Vignettes

17 - 24th April | Hope Mill Theatre | 113 Pollard Street

Hope Mill Theatre is one of Manchester’s smaller theatres, beloved for supporting local productions and talent. This production is the fifth instalment of Vignettes, in association with HER Productions, a show which brings together six local female writers - some established and some emerging - to each write a short play on a subject of their choice.

Also all directed by women, this years titles include Gains, Maharani of Manchester and Birds Don’t Run, They Fly

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4. Sweat

26th April - 25th May | Royal Exchange Theatre | St Ann's Square

Coming to the Royal Exchange for a month, Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer-Prize winning drama Sweat has been called a new American classic, soon to be cited alongside the likes of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. 

This stunning drama brings the social and political tensions of small town America bubbling to the surface; Tracey and Cynthia are best friends who have worked together on the factor floor for 20 years, bonded by the sweat of shared manual labour, celebrating birthdays together, and more tears and laughter than they can remember. However, they will be pitted against one another as the factory’s fat cat capitalist owners look for ways to increase profits by seeking cheaper labour, forcing workers to fight amongst themselves.

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5. Silence

30th April - 4th May | HOME | 2 Tony Wilson Place

Tara Theatre’s Silence comes to Manchester after runs in London and Leicester to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s partition.

The 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. Adapted from Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories, this new play focuses on communal storytelling, using the testimonies and stories of people who live with the legacy of that brutal and challenging time during the last days of the British Raj.

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6. An Officer and a Gentleman

30th April - 4st May | Opera House Manchester | 3 Quay Street

Be transported back in time with this brand new stage musical version of the iconic 1982 blockbuster movie, with music by Tony-winner Dick Scanlan featuring a score of some of the decade’s greatest hits. 

A story that explores universal themes of love, duty, valour and dreams, An Officer and a Gentleman follows Zack Mayo as he enters the brutal basic training to become a US Navy Pilot in Port Rainer, a rund down mill town where young girls dream of marrying Navy officers to escape the boredom and drudgery. Local girl Paula and her best friend are two such women, and when Paula meets Zack their love proves to be real and true - a maybe just the thing to help them both realize their ambitions.

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7. Bonnie & Clyde

7 - 11th May | Palace Theatre Manchester | 97 Oxford Street

In the 1930s, America’s infamous bank-robbing lovers Bonnie and Clyde captured the imaginations of the nation, and the tale has been told an reworked many times. This musical version of the folk heroes’ affairs won Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards last year and, following two successful season is London’s West End, is now touring the UK and Ireland.

With rave reviews, and The Independent lauding the cast’s “triumphant vocals” over the show’s “sexy score”, it would be a crime to miss it!

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8. Frankie Goes to Bollywood

15 - 25th May | HOME | 2 Tony Wilson Place

From the makers of Britain’s Got Bhangra, 2024 sees the world premiere of a new British musical by Pravesh Kumar MBE, founder and artistic director of Rifco Theatre Company, the UK's most successful British South Asian touring company. This is Rifco’s most ambitious musical yet, a breathtakingly colourful journey inspired by real stories of British women caught in the spotlight of the biggest film industry in the world; 

Frankie never wanted to be a star, but after a chance encounter with a Bollywood director, she finds herself transported to its ruthless world. Can she climb her way to the top, stay in the Bollywood family, and still be true to herself?

This tale of being British in Bollywood is a brilliantly colourful production featuring all the heroes, villains and romance of a full-blown Bollywood film production right there on Manchester’s HOME stage.

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9. Danny Echo

24th May | The Lowry | Pier, 8 The Quays, Salford, Manchester M50 3AZ

The Lowry always has a diverse and programme of affordable arts events including theatre shows, and this is one to put in the diary;

In the midst of her grief a controversial scientist offers Rachael a chance to have some contact with her husband Danny, who died in a freak accident; Rachael is told that an AI can be programmed to repeat the words and actions Danny used on one day of his life. When Rachael chooses the last day of Danny’s life, she finds herself caught in the trauma again - stuck in her flat with a scarily realistic robot, Rachael can’t change anything that happened, but can the AI ‘Danny’ help her to grieve and look to the future?

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Note: the shows deals with themes of death and bereavement, and contains swearing and scenes of a sexual nature.

10. Le Gateau Chocolat's I Wish

25th May - 1st June | HOME | 2 Tony Wilson Place

The work of internationally acclaimed theatre artist and singer Le Gateau Chocolat spans drag, cabaret, opera, musical theatre, children’s theatre and live art.

With I Wish, the colourful and accomplished star partners with Unicorn Theatre’s Artistic Director Rachel Bagshaw to bring you this family-friendly show; the mysteriously magic-less Wish Giver goes on a musical quest to recover their powers, stepping into the shoes of beloved storybook characters, managing mystical messes and learning that, while life’s not always fair(ytales), love and acceptance can be more than fantasy.

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