Manchester Opera House

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Manchester Opera House by Phil Tragen
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Manchester Opera House, 3 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP – Visit Now

At last, the majestic Manchester Opera House has announced its reopening plans. The full venue will be back in action from 21 August 2021, returning to their acclaimed line up of mainstream theatrical productions, occasional music gigs, opera and ballet.

As ever, opening hours will be dictated by the performances. The box office will only be open for 90 minutes before each showing and the Opera House won’t be open to the public outside of these performances. As to be expected, multiple entrances and exits will be in use, plus a one-way system around the venue. Plus you can expect hand sanitiser, enhanced signage and contactless payment throughout – the theatre will be operating as a cashless venue for the foreseeable future.

And there’ll be some other adjustments to usual proceedings, which will keep staff, performers and attendees safe and happy. Make sure you book in advance as the opportunity to purchase tickets at the door will be greatly reduced. Electronic ticketing is the method going forward, reducing risk of transmission. The bars will be open as normal, with a new advance purchase ‘click & collect’ service for food and drink and a website will be launched for patrons to order at their seats.

Of course, the Grade II Manchester Opera House, affectionately referred to as the Opera House by most Mancunians, is one of the largest theatres in Manchester. The venue plays host to an array of events – including mainstream theatrical productions, ballets, operas, occasional music gigs and a popular Christmas pantomime each year.

Manchester Opera House will continue to attract the very best in entertainment and we’re delighted to have it back

With an ornate proscenium arch, the Opera House is grand: a neo-Classical, Grade II listed building on Quay Street that saw a major refurbishment in 2003. With a seating capacity of 1,920, two cantilevered, curved balconies inside the auditorium can hold 500 seats each. The spacious stage, which is 42 feet deep, and orchestra pit, holding 80 musicians, makes the Opera House a superb venue for musicals and orchestral performances.

Although the theatre was redecorated in March 2011, the traditional and emblematic green and gold colour scheme inside of the auditorium was preserved.

The Opera House has played host to several acclaimed productions and has hosted world premieres on its iconic stage. In 1958, the venue hosted the premiere European performance of West Side Story and the regional premiere of The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera saw a successful run from 1993 to 1995. Gorillaz also took to the stage here for Demon Days Live in 2005 as a Manchester International Festival pre-festival commission.

More recently, the world premiere of Ghost the Musical was held at the theatre in 2011 before the production transferred to London’s West End and the UK premiere of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 began its UK tour at the theatre in 2012. The Manchester Opera House also saw the premiere of Never Forget, the Take That musical, where the DVD copy of the production was filmed on the press night.

Inside the beautiful building, theatre-goers will find bars on every level, with hospitality packages available for those special occasions. Standing proud on Quay Street, Manchester Opera House will continue to attract the very best in entertainment and we’re delighted to have it back.


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