Enjoy a thrilling cultural spring in Manchester

Need a refill of culture? Then head to Manchester, where a world of theatre, dance, comedy and musicals await you

From musicals and dance to opera and pop, Manchester has got it all when it comes to the arts. Looking for a perfect city break this spring? Then read on!

Manchester has no shortage of cultural venues, spanning from dedicated dance studios and intimate concert halls to the glamorous setting of The Palace Theatre and Opera House. Whatever your interest is, take a short break in the heart of England and absorb the local culture.

Make your way to the musicals

Manchester is a cultural hub like no other, where you can enjoy cultural events all year round
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The Palace Theatre and Opera House has a packed line-up of musicals for you this year. Everybody loves a classic and with Grease showing in March and Dirty Dancing in July all you have to do is choose which one you want to see. Get an electrifying start to spring with Grease, playing from March 10 – 25, or step into Wonderland, the musical adaptation of Lewis Carrols’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through The Looking Glass’, a little bit of magic that is sure to be a hit with everyone, playing from April 24 - 30. If you want a taste of the Windy City, then the Chicago Blues Brothers will be live on stage on May 28. Check out the full Palace Theatre season programme for more musical delights.

Catch world-class concerts

Manchester has got all the concerts your heart desires, whether they be with old music icons or the new faces on the scene
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02 Apollo Manchester is one of the city’s leading concert venues and is a great place to see some of the world’s biggest artists in an intimate setting. With a capacity of 3500 and managed by Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest event management company, every show is a stand out. In 2017, you can enjoy gigs by the energetic pop artist Anastacia, X-Factor winner and singer-songwriter James Arthur, while those who fancy a different genre entirely can rely on Dream Theater to bring the metal.

Laughing out loud

Need a laugh? Then Manchester is the perfect place to be, with comedy clubs, theatres and stages found all throughout the city

02 Apollo Manchester is also a great venue for an evening of stand-up and laughter with some of Britain’s best comedians lined up to play in 2017. Get comfortable in your seat and get ready to laugh out loud with the likes of Ricky Gervais, Greg Davies, Jimmy Carr and Sean Lock to name a few. With everything from raunchy one-liners to vivid stories, these comedic geniuses will have you bursting into laughter in no time. After all, who doesn’t love to laugh?

Variety is the spice of The Dancehouse

In the 1930s, The Dancehouse started life as the world’s first twin screen cinema. Over the years it has functioned as a cultural house in central Manchester. Today the space is home to a quirky and highly original creative arts scene, which has become a staple in the city’s cultural scene. This spring you can enjoy a massively varied line-up, with everything from musicians to drag queens performing. Catch a concert with Colin Hay, the lead vocalist of Men at Work or enjoy a ballet tribute to the magic of film in ‘Lights, Camera, Action’. One thing is certain, if you are looking for a show you won’t forget, The Dancehouse is the place to be.

So whether you’re looking to enjoy a musical, catch a concert or simply want a good laugh, then Manchester is the perfect choice. Many of these events and concerts are sold out early so start planning today and secure your tickets. The Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport is situated 15 minutes from the city centre and train links are excellent, perfect for a cultural night out.

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