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Opera House

3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP
0333 009 6690

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What's On Highlights

RuPaul's Drag Race UK Series Three Tour
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Drag Royalty will sashay across the UK next autumn for The Series Three Tour of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Age guidance Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Ed Gamble: Electric
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Due to overwhelming demand, award-winning comedian Ed Gamble extends his brand-new stand-up tour Electric

Age guidance 14+ years

Jersey Boys
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The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys is working its way back to Manchester!

Age guidance 12+, parental guidance advised. Jersey Boys contains genuine New Jersey language which may not be suitable for younger audiences. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult (18+).

Bugsy Malone
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Alan Parker’s world-famous movie which launched the careers of Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, becomes a spectacular theatrical experience for the very first time.


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 and at the interval.

Access Info

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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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