Manchester Theatre Shows 2023/24

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.

Event Series Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Palace Theatre 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, United Kingdom

Heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing More dates here Dirty Dancing returns to Manchester Palace following a season at London’s Dominion Theatre. Exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion […]

FROM £13

Event Series The Hero Next Door

The Hero Next Door

HOME 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Hero Next Door is a ground-breaking new production created especially for 7 – 10 year olds celebrating difference, friendship and working together to do the right thing.

FROM £10
Event Series Lear


Hope Mill Theatre 113 Pollard Street, Manchester, United Kingdom

Unseemly Women return in 2023 with their female twist on LEAR.

FROM £10
Event Series 30 and Out

30 and Out

53Two Arch 19 Watson Street, Manchester, United Kingdom

This filthy, funny lesbian theatre show explores what it means to start life all over again.

From £11

MacHamLear – Outdoor Theatre

Longford Park People's Millions Garden, Manchester, United Kingdom

Outdoor Theatre in Longford Park, Stretford - brought to you by Friends of Longford Park and Heartbreak Productions

FROM £12

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!

Podium, the 2 AA Rosette Awarded Restaurant sits within the iconic Beetham Tower, the symbol of modern Manchester.

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

Open every evening from 6pm 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.