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Opera House Manchester

3 Quay Street, MANCHESTER, M3 3HP
0333 009 6690
Call cost: 7p per minute* (*plus your telephone company’s network charge)

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The Opera House is close to the Deansgate Station and also the Oxford Road station is 10 mins away. Piccadilly train station is only 1 mile from the theatre.


Bars are open before performances

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The Opera House is a theatre in the centre of Manchester. This arts venue receives a number of touring companies and hosts musicals, concerts and ballets every year. The theatre was designed by Richardson & Gill in a classical style to match up to its purpose as a venue for classical arts. It was completed in 1912 and is now a Grade II-listed building.

The theatre underwent many name changes in its initial years; it originally opened as the New Theatre in 1912 but was renamed to the New Queen’s Theatre in 1915 and finally to the Opera House in 1920. It was acquired by the famous theatre production company Howard & Wyndham Ltd in 1931 and experienced many years of success under their ownership. The venue became well-known for hosting premieres, such as the European premiere of West Side Story.

However, the Opera House fell into decline during the following decades and was eventually closed to create a bingo hall in 1979. However, the Palace Trust took over in 1984 and returned the theatre to its former glory. This renewed success encouraged Apollo Leisure to bid for the building and make it able to accommodate large-scale musicals.

The Opera House now presents an eclectic mix of concerts, ballets and musicals all-year round and remains one of the best regional theatres in the country.

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