See a Show in Manchester

Many people flock to Manchester over December and January to enjoy some of the UK’s best Christmas shopping and New Year sales. However, Manchester is home to a variety of fantastic cinemas and theaters showcasing a great range of plays and films that exhibit the talent and energy in and around this bustling city. Read on to discover some of the highlights for a must see shows and films in Manchester on your next trip to the vibrant city!

The Silver Screen

Film fans will love visiting Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international center for contemporary visual arts and independent film. Cornerhouse is home to a wide range of international films and seasons celebrating the best of the best the silver screen has to offer. In fact, this year the center is hosting a year-long celebration of Women in Global Cinema through special events. Join talks and events celebrating inspirational women in Hollywood where you can see Ida Lupino speak about her successful career in the film industry through work in over 130 films either as a producer, actor, director and writer. You can also see exhibitions of the best showcases of contemporary art at the Cornerhouse Galleries, and be sure stop for coffee and cake in the bar, a perfect end to a trip through the arts.

Visit the vibrant Printworks art and entertainment complex in Manchester's city centre for an immersive cinema experience. The Printworks is home to a 22 screen Odeon cinema, the star of which is an IMAX and 3D screen. The cinema shows a range of big budget and independent films, and the big draws to the IMAX are definitely the big screen hits. The experience of watching a movie in IMAX is incredibly immersive, so once the film has ended, transport yourself back to reality with a drink in one of Printworks bars or restaurants.

Set the Stage

Make your way to the upbeat waterside of Salford Quays to The Lowry, a bold modern structure of glass and metal which houses a number of Manchester attractions. The two main theaters in the Lowry present a regular range of musicals, ballet, drama, opera and more. When in The Lowry, be sure to visit the building’s gallery spaces to see works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions, and relax at one of the restaurants, cafes and bars with spectacular waterside views.

A popular stop for touring productions is The Palace Theatre, Manchester, which from 10 December 2013 to 04 January 2014 will be home to a dynamic production of ‘West Side Story.’ The classic tale is brought to life with stunning choreography and a talented cast. The Palace Theatre also hosts a variety of one off performances over the winter months, such as The Drifters, The Bootleg Beatles and Vampires Rock.

Enjoy seats close to the stage in Manchester’s unique Royal Exchange Theatre, a 7 sided, glass walled capsule suspended from huge marble pillars in The Great Hall of the historic Victorian Cotton Exchange Buildings. From 05 December 2013 to 18 January 2014, the Royal Exchange Theatre is showing ‘That Day We Sang,’ an uplifting Manchester love story from national treasure Victoria Wood.

Where to stay

After your trip to see a show in Manchester, unwind at the flagship Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport. As the only hotel directly connected to Manchester Airport terminals, the Radisson Blu is perfectly located for city breaks to see a show in Manchester.

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