Theatre is back with a bang, and it’s safe to say, Manchester’s upcoming shows rival the West End itself. Some of the biggest shows in the world are set to grace the city’s stages this year – and that front row seat most definitely has our name on it. From reimagined Disney classics to some of the biggest stage shows of all time, here are some of the best theatre shows coming to Manchester this year.
1. Beauty and the Beast
Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is being reimagined this spring right here in Manchester – where the tale as old as time will take to the stage in a hefty dose of nostalgia. The show, which is touring the UK currently, brings a solid cast of West End stars along with it, as well as new designs and exciting state-of-the-art technology. Tickets are available here.
2. Dream Girls
It’s time to warm up the vocal cords ready for a rendition of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, because Dreamgirls is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this autumn. Sit back as Effie, Lorrell and Deena work their way towards superstardom in the 60s, with performances of beloved hits such as One Night Only, I Am Changing, and, of course, Deena’s iconic track Listen. Get tickets here.
3. The Lion King
Disney fans, rejoice, because The Lion King musical is finally returning to Manchester after a pandemic-related delay. The production, which has been running since 1997, brings to life the heartwarming story in an innovative way, telling the famous story of Simba and his journey to Pride Rock. The show has won countless awards over the years, so it’s no surprise that it comes highly recommended by those who have been lucky enough to bag tickets. Get yours here.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to do the Cell Block Tango. Landing in Manchester this May, iconic musical Chicago will run for one week only at Opera House Manchester, bringing along with it the glitz and glamour of a 1920’s Chicago. Revisit the sensational story of Roxy Hart as she climbs to fame with the help of the city’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn. Get tickets here.
5. Mrs Doubtfire
Mrs Doubtfire is coming to the stage in the UK for the first time ever this year, and Manchester is the lucky city getting to see it first. Premiering this September and running for a month, the musical will see plenty of the magical charm that had viewers falling in love with the movie back in the 90s, with the addition of new, original music to enjoy, too. Get tickets here.