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With its castles-in-the-air façade, hip-hop director Baba Israel at the helm and regular showcases of new theatre, spoken word, dance and music events,...

Devas Street

Dancehouse

Comedy, Dance, Music, Theatre

Although best known for its comedy nights, this art deco former cinema puts on dance, drama and music gigs, and is the home of the Northern Ballet School.

10 Oxford Road

Greenroom

Dance, Theatre

A champion of experimental theatre, live art, dance and spoken-word events that expects the audience to muck in too. You have been warned…

54-56 Whitworth Street West

Lowry

Critics' choice
Art, Comedy, Dance, Museums, Music, Theatre

A long way from the grimly functional mill buildings so often captured by its eponymous subject and raison d'être, the Lowry marked a tipping point for the...

Pier 8
Free

Martin Harris Centre

Critics' choice
Music, Theatre

This venue quietly hosts some of the city's best literary events. Its concert hall is home to the Quatuor Danel string quartet (which often gives free...

University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street

Octagon Theatre

Critics' choice
Theatre

This multi-award-winning and perennially popular theatre takes its name from its octagonal auditorium. This isn't the result of architectural whimsy: clever...

Howell Croft South

Opera House

Comedy, Dance, Music, Theatre

Opera House is a wonderfully ornate 2,000-capacity theatre whose output of West End musicals, comedy, ballet and drama is similar to its sister venue, the...

Quay Street

Palace Theatre

Theatre

Massive musicals, big-name comedians and celeb-stuffed Christmas pantos regularly play to a packed house. The theatre also stages dance, from highbrow...

Oxford Street

Royal Exchange

Critics' choice
Theatre

The Exchange, once the world's biggest commercial trading floor, has its history writ large on its interior - literally, as cotton prices are still posted...

St Ann's Square

University of Manchester

Attractions, Theatre

This sprawling academic complex is one of the country's largest educational establishments. Amid the beautiful collection of red-brick buildings and theatre...

Oxford Road