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The best theatre to see in Manchester this autumn


Forget London's West End. Some of the UK's best theatre offerings can be seen right here in Manchester.

From touring family favourites, to beautiful classic ballets, to exciting new theatre, Manchester has a lot to offer for autumn 2022. To make your theatre break in Manchester even better, why not treat yourself to a luxury stay at CitySuites? We're within walking distance to many of the city's best theatres, plus you'll be able to make the most of our luxury facilities, including an 18m spa pool and on-site bar and restaurant.

Cosy up this autumn and immerse yourself in some of the best wonderful, thrilling and poignant theatre that Manchester has to offer.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Date: Now until Sat 1st October

Venue: Opera House Manchester

On stage at Manchester Opera House Theatre, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odd. After losing custody of his children in a messy divorce, out-of-work actor Daniel creates the alter ego of Euphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny, in an attempt to stay in their lives. But his characters takens on a life of its own, with Mrs. Doubtfire teaching Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father. Tickets here.

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The Glass Menagerie

Date: Now until 8th October

Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre

Currently being performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, this devastating new take on Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece comes from director Atri Banerjee. A poetic and bruising portrayal of a family on the brink of change, The Glass Menagerie explores the complex web of love, loyalty and trauma that binds families together. Tickets here.

Dreamgirls Manchester


Date: Tue 13th to Sat 24th September

Venue: Palace Theatre Manchester

Straight from the West End, Dreamgirls tells the story of Effie, Lorrell and Deena, three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the trio as their friendship is tested as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune, and the ruthless realities of show business. Featuring the classic songs And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, Listen, I Am Changing and One Night Only. Tickets here.


Date: Tue 27th September to Sat 1st October

Venue: HOME Theatre, Manchester

As a young child in 1932, Leah embarked on an epic journey from Yemen to Palestine. Ninety years later, her grandson imagines the voyage her family made to escape persecution and build a better life. In Kin, Artistic Director Amit Lahav, together with Gecko’s extraordinary ensemble of international devising performers, presents a provocative story of desperation and compassion. Prepare to be moved to the core by Gecko’s hypnotising beauty, compelling global soundtrack, and unbarred emotion. Tickets here.

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English National Ballet – Swan Lake

Date: Wed 5th to Sat 8th October

Venue: Palace Theatre Manchester

Be swept up in Tchaikovsky’s romance of Swan Lake, where Prince Siegfried and Swan Queen Odette must battle against an evil sorcerer. Performed at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, the stage will transform into an enchanted lakeside, revealing a magnificent sight of ballerinas in white tutus moving in unison: one of classical ballet’s most iconic images. Tickets here.

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The Color Purple

Date: Tue 11th to Sat 15th October

Venue: The Lowry Theatre

The Color Purple tells the powerful and life-affirming story of courageous heroine Celie. Abused and oppressed throughout her youth, Celie embarks on a journey through joy, despair, anguish and hope, discovering her own unique voice thanks to the incredible women in her life. The show features a profoundly evocative score by Grammy award-winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray which draws inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. Tickets here.

Vincent River

Date: Wed 12th to Wed 19th October

Venue: Hope Mill Theatre

Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita is haunted by grief and shame. They have never met. In Vincent River, their paths will collide with devastating consequences. Thrilling, heart-breaking, and at times darkly humorous, Philip Ridley’s powerful play examines hate crime, loss, prejudice and sexuality in this tense game of cat and mouse set in London’s East End. Tickets here.

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Jersey Boys

Date: Tue 18th to Sat 29th October

Venue: Opera House Manchester

Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this Olivier Award-winning musical. The show features all their hits, including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What A Night, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, but the show is about so much more than just the music. Go behind the songs and into the real story behind these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends. Tickets here.

Let the Right One In

Date: 22nd Oct to 19th November 2022

Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre

An international cult classic, Let the Right One In makes its Manchester stage debut just in time for Halloween. Based on the Swedish horror novel and film by Jon Ajvide Lindqvist, the play tells the story of Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, who befriends his neighbour Eli, who has just moved in next door. The teenagers develop an unusual friendship, but Oskar begins to slowly unravel the truth about Eli and their strange bond is stretched to breaking point. Tickets here

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Disney’s The Lion King

Date: Thu 27th Oct 2022 to Sun 19th Feb 2023

Venue: Palace Theatre Manchester

The musical that needs no introduction. Disney’s The Lion King is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre from Thursday 27th October and is sticking around until middle of February 2023. Telling the powerful story of Simba and his epic adventure in a fantastic explosion of colour, music and dancing, The Lion King on stage in Manchester is not to be missed! Tickets here.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Date: Tue 8th to Sat 12th November

Venue: The Lowry Theatre

Based on the Sunday Times bestseller which inspired one of this century’s most treasured films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel takes us on a journey to India with an eclectic group of British retirees as they embark on a new life. The luxury residence is far from the opulence they were promised, but as their lives begin to intertwine, they are charmed in unexpected and life-changing ways. Tickets here.

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Fairytale of New York

Date: Tue 15th to Wed 16th November

Venue: Opera House Manchester

Get into the mood for Christmas with this ultimate Irish-inspired festival show. With an even bigger production for 2022, Fairytale of New York brings many of our favourite festive songs, as well as some of the greatest Irish sing-along songs, to life in a magical show which promises to have people of all ages singing and laughing. Tickets here.

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Date: Tue 22nd to Sat 26th November

Venue: The Lowry Theatre

Celebrating 10 yeas since its premiere at Sadlers Wells, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty awakens for a short run at The Lowry Theatre in Salford. Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good vs evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again? Tickets here.

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