Whether you prefer A-list stars or local talent Manchester's best theatres are guaranteed to have something for you. Below, you'll find a selection of theatre shows and events that are coming up in Manchester. If you're looking for somewhere to eat before or after the show, take a look at out best restaurants list.
Upcoming theatre shows and musicals
The Wanted's Tom Parker takes on the role of T-Birds heartthrob, Danny Zuko, in this ever-popular musical. Follow the highs and lows of friendships, enemies and romance in this 1950s-era tale, told through unforgettable classic numbers such as You're The One That I Want, Grease Lightin', We Go Together and Sandy. Directed by David Gilmore.
Sheridan Smith and Natasha J Barnes star as Fanny Brice in a major revival of the hit musical. The show charts the rise of one of Broadway's biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfield and her doomed offstage relationship with the man she loved. The score includes the songs 'Don't Rain On My Parade', 'People' and 'You Are Woman, I Am Man', with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. Directed by Michael Mayer.
The famous musical with over 20 soul classics performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love And Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and more.
English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston present the world premiere of the new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig, telling the tale of five extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape, senior citizen style! Starring Sheila Reid, Joanna Monro, Amanda Walker, Rachel Davies and Maggie McCarthy. Directed by Rebecca Gatward.
The story of the friendship between James Taylor and Carole King told through the medium of their songs, with title characters played by Emily Jollands and Bill Lennon.
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, collaborates with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on a provocative performance, which uses the exact words of interviews taken in the days after the EU referendum with people around the country. Starring Seema Bowri, Cavan Clarke, Adam Ewan and Laura Elphinstone.