It’s been a long time since most of us sat in a theater, since we watched the curtains rise to reveal a whole new world on stage.
As restrictions in England continue to gradually fade, a return to live indoor events looks much closer than it has in over a year.
Many of Manchester’s top theaters start to fill the programs from the summer.
Some of the world’s greatest theatrical productions will be visiting our city before the end of the year, from blockbuster comedies and larger-than-life musicals to world-famous dance performances.
Here are some of the great shows you can buy tickets for at the moment.
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This hit West End show is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage production of the 2004 film Jack Black, and follows substitute teacher and aspiring rock star Dewey Finn as he transforms his class of grade school students. A in musicians.
The show was due to arrive in Manchester for the first time this summer, but has been postponed amid the pandemic.
This one points us towards 2022, but it will arrive at the Palace Theater between January 4 and 15.
Tickets are on sale now via atgtickets.com.
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is on its way back to Manchester, after a series of sold-out summer shows in 2019.
The hit musical returns to the Palace Theater between December 7, 2021 and January 2, 2022 (although if last year’s demand is repeated, they will add more dates).
Written by creators in South Park, the story follows two missionaries sent from their home in Salt Lake City to preach the Mormon religion in a remote Ugandan village.
It’s hilarious, rude and unmissable – grab a ticket at atgtickets.com.
Making its way to the Palace Theater this summer, Hairspray the Musical is a bubbly, lively and restful musical ensemble set in the 1960s.
Tracy Turnblad is a tall girl with big hair and a big heart, who is trying to fulfill her lifelong ambition to make it to national television.
The musical, which was later adapted into a film starring John Travolta, has won multiple Tony Awards since its premiere in 2003.
You can experience all the color and frivolity of Hairspray later this year when he arrives in Manchester between August 2-14.
Tickets are on sale now at atgtickets.com
9 to 5
A staple for Dolly Parton fans, 9 to 5 was a sold-out success in London’s West End.
It tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, plotting to kidnap their sexist, selfish boss and turn the tables.
Written by Patricia Resnick with music and lyrics by Dolly herself, the show will land in Manchester at the Palace Theater from August 17-21.
Buy your tickets at atgtickets.com.
Grease is the word this fall as a new stage production of the ’70s hit film arrives in Manchester.
Appearing at the Opera Theater, it’s a new take on one of the most popular – and fourth-grossing – musicals of all time.
Theatergoers will be able to join Sandy, Danny Zuko, the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds for a two-week period, from Monday October 11 through Saturday October 23.
Grease’s first new production in 25 years will include Peter Andre among its cast, and was directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by ex-judge Strictly Arlene Phillips.
Tickets are on sale at www.atgtickets.com.
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
World-renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne will bring his interpretation of the classic festive ballet, The Nutcracker, to The Lowry this winter.
The story follows Clara from an orphanage, through a winter wonderland to the Sweetieland candy kingdom.
Tchaikovsky’s score and Anthony Ward’s magical sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s choreography to create a new take on the classic.
You can catch it between November 23 and December 4.
Tickets are on sale now at thelowry.com/whats-on/matthew-bournes-nutcracker.
Everybody’s talking about Jamie
One of the most hilarious, insightful and popular musicals of the past decade will be performing on the Lowry Stage this year.
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a municipal estate in Sheffield, where he doesn’t exactly fit in – but with the support of his mother and friends he comes out of the darkness of intimidation and finds himself under the spotlights.
The Feeling frontman Dan Gillespie Sells wrote a setlist of catchy pop songs to tell the story.
It’s on stage between September 1 and 12, with tickets available at thelowry.com/whats-on/everybodys-talking-about-jamie
Bloody Elle is making its world premiere in Manchester this summer, an exhilarating solo show about falling in love for the first time.
Written and performed by Lauryn Redding, the show is packed with heartwarming and stomach-ache moments that everyone will recognize.
It’s set to an original score that promises to “ transport audiences to a sweaty, packed concert at the back of a pub or 10,000-seat arena. ”
Catch it between June 23 and July 17 – tickets are available at tickets.royalexchange.co.uk/event/bloody-elle.