Manchester Theatre

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

What's on in 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 majestic, multi-level restaurant and cocktail bar set inside an old Methodist church, Gaucho offers a pre-theatre menu exclusively in Manchester, including their signature Argentine beef, available Monday-Friday (12–5:45pm) at £24.50 for two courses, or three for £27.50.

    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.