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Discover everything what’s on at Manchester theatres with the help of I Love MCR, including new theatre shows, theatre tickets and places to eat pre-theatre

What's on at Manchester theatres

There’s no shortage of theatres in Manchester. The Palace Theatre and Opera House show mainly West End productions and musicals; whilst the Royal Exchange Theatre, the largest theatre in the round in Britain; The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, which has the largest stage in the United Kingdom outside London’s West End; and HOME, with its two performance venues, show everything from classic theatre and revivals to contemporary drama and new writing. The Greater Manchester Fringe puts on hundreds of productions every summer for budding new performers.

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  • Manchester theatre in conversation

    Local Manc presenter Michelle Eagleton hosts Live in the Hive – the only online magazine show dedicated to theatre across Greater Manchester. Michelle has conversations each week with actors and producers from the Manchester theatre scene to review and discuss what’s on and also what’s occurring behind the curtain.

    A Manchester institution, Atlas Bar is ideally located within easy walking distance to The Bridgewater Hall and Manchester’s theatres and concert venues.

    Enjoy a wide variety of dishes on both the dining and snack menus, including Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options.

    The new Italian on the block, Cibo Great Northern has the style and class you’ve come to expect from Cibo with the usual effort and quality in their dishes.

    A short walk from Opera House Manchester but ideally located in the centre of the city for any theatre visit, Cibo Great Northern is open until 11pm every night should you look for a post-theatre drink.

    The Corn Exchange is continuing to be a destination location in Manchester and is perfectly located for any theatre or show visit across the city.

    A great for a spot of lunch, or an evening meal – there’s a wide range of dining options, whether you fancy Italian, Indian, German, Pan Asian or Vietnamese – the choice is yours!

    Open all day every day so no matter your show time you’ve a place to go!

    Municipal Bar is a bar with a difference. Based in the heart of Deansgate, it is a contemporary bar full of elegance and delight.

    Perfectly located for any theatre show in the city, a tasty pre or post theatre trip is only a few steps away.

    Open all day every day so you can fit a visit in around any showtimes and not miss the curtain call.

    When you’re after that special kind of meal before watching the next big show, Zouk Tea Bar & Grill is the place to be.

    Available 5-7pm every day, Zouk’s pre-theatre menu is exceptional quality at £15.95 for two courses or £19.95 for three. Both are served with complimentary poppadoms and pickles.

    The perfect place to eat great food, meet old friends and dine before a fabulous show, Annies Manchester has a wide menu selection certain to satisfy every appetite as well as embracing you in the comfortable surroundings.

    You’ll find Annies on Old Bank Street, in The Royal Exchange, open every day until 7pm, perfect for the stop off before curtain up.