Manchester Opera House
Manchester Opera House is more than its name suggests. A Grade II listed building which seats 1,920 people, the theatre hosts musicals, plays, dance performances, comedy, ballet, children’s shows, psychic nights and more - plus opera of course.
The Opera House hosted the world premieres of Ghost The Musical and Never Forget, the Take That musical. It was also the venue for the 1958 European premiere of West Side Story and the UK premiere of the Dolly Parton musical 9 To 5. The two-year run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, from 1993 to 1995, was unusually long for a regional production.
Hotels near Manchester Opera House
There’s so much going on in Manchester that you can’t see it all in one day! We suggest booking one of our hotels near Manchester Opera House and exploring the city at your leisure. The venue is close to a host of city centre attractions, including Manchester Arndale, The Avenue in Spinningfields, the Generation Pop Art Gallery and Piccadilly Gardens.
The Opera House opened as the New Theatre in 1912, but within three years was struggling so much to compete with other venues that it had to be sold. It was renamed the New Queen’s Theatre in 1915, then the Opera House in 1920. The new name was in honour of conductor and impresario Sir Thomas Beecham, co-founder of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, who had performed there on several occasions.
For a time, the building was used as a cinema, and it had a spell as a bingo hall from 1979 to 1984, when it became a theatre again. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2003.
The Opera House is in Quay Street in the city centre. If you’re coming by car, the nearest car parks are Spinningfields on New Quay Street and the Great Northern car park in Deansgate, both a very short walk away. The respective sat nav postcodes are M3 3BE and M2 5QA. Theatregoers get a discount on their parking - just bring your ticket to the theatre cloakroom to be validated.
The closest train station is Salford Central, but Deansgate, Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly are all within walking distance. The nearest tram stop is St Peter’s Square and there are also plenty of buses which stop nearby.
The theatre has bars on all floors.
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