Christmas Theatre

WOW! Said the Owl – courtesy of Little Angel Theatre and HOME

Christmas Theatre in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

Theatres all across the North are now selling their Christmas wares, and it is best to plan ahead as the top tickets sell out faster than Santa on a speeding sleigh.

This year the theatre stocking is well and truly stuffed with a mix of reimagined classics, exciting new stories and traditional family favourites. Here are our top picks which we’ll be updating over the coming months. Oh yes we will.


Here are our picks

  • 1. Red Riding Hood and The Wolf at HOME

    Courtesy Little Angel Theatre / Ellie Kurttz

    Red Riding Hood and The Wolf at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 7–30 December 2017, from £6.50 - Book now

    Hold. The. Front. Page. The Wolf is good? Experience a retelling of Red Riding Hood like no other which celebrates little independent and creative spirits everywhere.

  • 2. Contact Theatre

    Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6JA - Visit now

    Contact has to be the go-to place for emerging theatre in the city, with commissioned work here going on to high acclaim. Set back from the road but recognizable by its H-shaped turrets, its Christmas production is rumoured to be a return of last year’s sell-out show – Slung Low and Contact Young Company’s  The Siege of Christmas

  • 3. Royal Exchange Theatre

    Photo of the interior of the Royal Exchange
    Photo: Joel Fildes.

    Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now

    The Royal Exchange Theatre has a great reputation for Christmas productions, in that it usually goes for high quality over something painfully Christmas-themed. Book early.

  • 4. The Lowry

    The Lowery Theatre and Gallery in Salford Quays Manchester.
    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    The Lowry hosts some of Manchester’s more blockbuster productions – and you can team up a visit here with a festive exploration of The Quays.

  • 5. Albert Hall

    Albert Hall on Peter street Manchester
    Image courtesy the Albert Hall.

    Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5QR - Visit now

    Great for concerts in a stunning setting, Manchester’s Albert Hall also boasts Albert’s Schloss on the ground floor, a cook haus and bier palace complete with open fires.

  • 6. The Bridgewater Hall

    The seats and stage in The Bridgewater Hall

    The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3WS - Visit now

    Customary host of the Hallé orchestra’s yearly live rendition of the score of The Snowman (with the film playing in the background, of course), The Bridgewater Hall is a great go-to venue for all sorts of Christmas concerts.

Things to do right now

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Exhibitions 17 August–23 September 2017, FREE

On-Going at SLOE Gallery

Sports 20–23 September 2017, from £10:00 - 15.00

We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera at Contact

Theatre 6–23 September 2017, from £13.00

Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Octagon Theatre

Festivals 14–24 September 2017, FREE

Arts Trail at Hidden Altrincham 2017

Exhibitions 21–24 September 2017, from £9.75

Abandon Normal Devices 2017, Castleton

Festivals 8–24 September 2017, FREE

New Mills Festival 2017

Festivals 8–24 September 2017, FREE

New Mills Festival Art Trail

Cinema 20 August–24 September 2017, from £5.00

Musical Sundays at FACT

Families 28 April–27 September 2017, from £5.00

The Sleep Walk at Little Moreton Hall