2019 was the most wonderful year of theatre in Manchester with productions such as &Juliet, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, The King And I and Swan Lake. Check out my reviews HERE. However 2020 promises to be equally wonderful. Thus I thought it fitting to share a guide highlighting What’s On In Manchester Theatre In 2020?
What You Will Find Here
Manchester Has So Much Choice
The wonderful thing about being close to a city such as Manchester is the diverse theatre offering. There really is something for everyone and every taste. This year more than ever. With shows such as Bat Out Of Hell right through to the Ballet.
Also with many of the newest shows kicking off tours in Manchester. Or indeed, previewing here for the very first time, before heading off to London for residencies. We get to see an awful lot first here!
I have collected together a list of many of the shows playing at the Opera House and Palace Theatre in Manchester to give you a taste of what to expect in 2020, and will update it as new information and booking info comes to light.
Finding the right show can sometimes take a bit of trawling through different pages to find something that takes your fancy. Or meets your booking criteria for a date night, or girls night out. Is it just me that has to book in my diary months in advance? Having a list of options all in one place makes life so much easier.
So grab a cuppa and trawl through this list of loveliness, arranged in performance order to co-ordinate with your diary.
The National premier of Back To The Future will be at the Opera House from the Thu 20 Feb - Sun 17 May 2020 before heading to London for a residency. We all know the story, however having seen a glimpse of this new and exciting show it is one to watch.
Cabaret will be at the Palace Theatre from Tue 25 Feb - Sat 29 Feb 2020. It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…featuring iconic songs ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’, ‘Maybe This Time’, ‘Cabaret’, show-stopping choreography and dazzling costumes. Cabaret promises to bring it bit of old style glamour into your life.
Will be at the Palace Theatre from Thurs 26 March - Sat 30 May 2020. I have wanted to see The Phantom Of The Opera FOREVER, but have lost count of the number of hints I have made! In it's 34th year, Phantom tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls in love with her.
Beautiful will be playing at the Palace Theatre from Tue 9 Jun - Sat 13 Jun 2020. I didn't know an awful lot about Carole Kings back story and of how she co wrote some of the best songs of the 60s and 70s, before coming one of the biggest selling female recording artists of all time, her story is inspirational. Check out my last review of Beautiful HERE
Hitting Manchester prior to it's record breaking London run, Sister Act has been re-imagined for the 21st century and starring Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier. You can catch Sister Act at the Palace Theatre Mon 22 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2020. Now set in 2020, Sister Act tells the story of the disco diva who witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Grease needs no introductions, showing at the Palace Theatre Manchester, Mon 20 Jul - Sat 1 Aug 2020. Set in 1950s America, the origional High School Musical. After their summer romance, Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?
Hairspray can be found at the Palace Theatre Manchester from Wed 2 Sep 2020 - Sat 12 Sep 2020 and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, who is on a mission to dance on national TV. It's a tale of diversity, love and Tracy's fight for equality. Read my review HERE.
Bat Out Of Hell kicks of it UK tour at the Opera House Manchester on Thurs 10 Sep - Sat 26 Sep 2020. Jim Steinman’s spectacular musical Bat Out of Hell hits the highway on a UK tour in 2020. Bringing to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman & Meat Loaf. Strat, rebellious gang leader of ‘The Lost’ falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of Obsidian, set the the music and theatre of Meat Loaf.
Who didn't love the movie My Best Friends Wedding? The musical production will be showing at the Palace Theatre Tues 29 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2020. When Julianne Potter hears an old flame and friend Michael O’Neal is about to be married, she vows to win him back for good. However it's not that easy with his new fiancé Kimmy in the way.
Love never dies is the critically acclaimed sequal to the Phantom Of The Opera. It's 10 years since his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. But the Phantom can's forget Christine.
The Lion King is one for the whole family. Coming to Manchester October 2020, with tickets from £20. This adaptation of a much loved Disney Classic is a feast of Disney magic and theatre wizardry resulting in an epic prodiuction loved world wide.
I hope that little round up helped, I honestly have no idea which I would choose? Hmmm all of them!
Cheap Theatre Parking In Manchester.
Additionally if you do have a show booked at the Palace or Opera House this year? Check out my parking guide, both theatres have special theatre parking rates arranged with certain Manchester car-parks. Thus ensuring you get a great parking deal in the closest proximity to your chosen theatre.