Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

With all of the big Christmas shows about to start their runs, our theatre guide to Manchester and the North has a distinctly festive feel about it this month.

Following the huge success of The Producers in Manchester last year, Gypsy will play in-the-round at the Royal Exchange, bringing the glitz and grit of Broadway to Manchester this festive season. We’re also thrilled that Contact are welcoming back Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme for a fabulous all-new two queen Christmas extravaganza at The Palace. Be quick though- this event is for one-night-only.

For those looking to put off the seasonal cheer for a little longer – check out Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, and Manchester dance favourites Company Chameleon at HOME Manchester.

Read on for details of all of this and much, much more.


Here are our picks

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Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

A busy and brilliant season, expect award-winning musicals, stage adaptations of revered literary classics and celebrated cult films, alongside high-quality family shows. There is plenty to enjoy in Liverpool’s theatres this autumn.

Cast members in Mr Popper's Penguins
Families 26 November–31 December 2019, from £12.50

Mr Popper’s Penguins at Waterside Arts

With original songs and skilled puppetry, this musical adaptation of the hit book, Mr Popper’s Penguins, is a real Christmas treat for the whole family.

The Shadow
Dance 26 November 2019, 7:30 pm–11:00 pm, from £5.00

The Shadow at The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

Company Chameleon present a dark and psychological thriller told through dance and movement.

Literature 27 November 2019, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £13

Dead Men’s Eyes at The Met, Bury

In this one-man show, R M Lloyd Parry performs two chilling and thrilling tales by ghost story expert M R James: A View From A Hill and The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas.

Back To The Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House
Theatre 20 February–17 May 2020, from £19.95

Back To The Future The Musical at Manchester Opera House

Turn your flux capacitor on and set your destination to the Manchester Opera House in the year 2020. Your future depends on it.

House of Suarez - Vogue Ball 2020
Dance 29 February 2020, 7:00 pm, from £15.00

House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2020 at Manchester Academy

Daring, fabulous and with a nautical twist for 2020, House of Suarez are back to host the ultimate battle for dance supremacy.

West Side Story at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 18 April–23 May 2020, from £10.00

West Side Story at the Royal Exchange

Powerful and fast-paced and heart-breaking, we’re thrilled to hear that West Side Story will return to the Royal Exchange next spring.

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