The Manchester Opera House is situated on Quay Street in the Deansgate area of Manchester, close to Deansgate and Manchester Oxford Road rail stations. Built in 1912, this 1920 seat venue hosted the European premiere of West Side Story and the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera.
The theatre began as the New Theatre before being renamed the New Queen’s Theatre in 1915, finally being renamed the Opera House in 1920. One of its early productions as the Manchester Opera House was Murder in Mayfair by legendary composer and actor Ivor Novello. Novello starred in the play alongside actresses Fay Compton and Edna Best in August 1934.
Among the countless shows to have graced this venerable Mancunian theatre’s stage during its long history since then are the premieres of the Take That Musical Never Forget and Ghost the Musical.
Today, the Manchester Opera House enjoys consistent success and has established a solid reputation for musical premieres, comedy and live music shows.
But, like any long-serving institution, its fortunes have varied over the years. During the 1970s, the theatre was closed and converted for use as a Bingo hall. Happily this arrangement only lasted for five years before its number was up. In 1984 the Opera House was bought by the Palace Theatre Trust, who had previously saved the Manchester Palace Theatre. Soon after it was reinstated as a live theatre venue.
The layout, size and atmosphere of the Manchester Opera House make it the perfect place to see both expansive musicals and intimate plays. Recent successes include Legally Blonde the Musical, Peter Pan and Sister Act.
Whatever you decide to see at the Manchester Opera House, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.