Manchester Panto 2020 To Go Ahead With Revised Dates


Following the announcement that Manchester is in Tier 3 from Wednesday 2 December, Manchester Opera House have announced that the opening of Sleeping Beauty will be delayed and will now begin on Thursday 24 December 2020 and run until Sunday 10 January 2021.

If you have missed the theatre as much as I have then this news will be music to your ears. Plus also a much needed ray of hope for Manchester and our much loved and missed theatres, who desperately need to find a new kind of normal in all this chaos,

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Sheena Wrigley, Theatre Director of Manchester Palace & Opera House said: “Given the downward trend of the virus in the City, and the community’s campaign for the reduction of the Tier level at the next review, we continue to be hopeful that we can stage the show this Christmas, opening a little later than planned on 24 December.

We thank all of our customers for their patience at this time as we work to get affected bookings rescheduled, and are also grateful The National Lottery for their continued support to enable the rescheduled performances to go ahead.”

The Ambassador Theatre Group recognise the NHS for their hard work through this difficult year and will now be offering them free tickets to the performance on Friday 8 January at 7pm. All original ballot entries remain valid, and winners will be contacted the week commencing 7 December 2020.

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The relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty which has been specially adapted to allow those with autism, sensory and communication disorders, learning difficulties or anyone who would benefit from a more informal setting to enjoy the performance, comfortably, will now take place on Wednesday 6 January at 1pm. 

Customers will be pleased to know that there are no changes to the originally announced cast and can expect to see Salford-born comedian Jason Manford as Muddles, alongside Blackpool’s own Jodie Prenger as The Enchantress,  Billy Pearce as King Billy, Eric Potts as The Queen, Jenny Gaynor as Carabosse, Louis Gaunt as The Prince and Sarah Goggin as Princess Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty Will Be Running At The Opera House In Manchester

Thursday 24 December 2020 to Sunday 10 January 2021
Click here for full listings of dates and times

Tickets from: £13*
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Box Office                           0844 871 7615* 
*Fees apply. Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your company’s access charge.


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