A spot of theatre, no matter what the performance of choice, is a perfect way to celebrate the festivities with your family or friends. Christmas doesn’t have to be all about crackers, turkey and writing Christmas cards. Rather than getting a whole load of gifts your loved one may not like, why not treat them to a night at the theatre? With so many excellent shows this winter at its varying venues, Manchester is a perfect choice for a visit to the stage.
Why not go the whole hog and spend the evening in the city, exploring the varying nightlife and sampling some of its delectable cuisine? With Manchestercity centre hotels being reasonably priced and in abundance, you’ll be sure to find affordable accommodation in this thriving metropolis.
White Christmas – The Lowry – 29.11.12 to 5.1.13
Perfect as part of pre-Christmas preparations, the Irving Berlin classic, White Christmas, returns to the Lowry after its sell out show back in 2009. Starring household names including Claire Sweeney and Steve Houghton, it’ll be enjoyed by audiences old and young as the classic singalong tunes are realised on stage.
The Lion King – Palace Theatre – 1.12.12 to 31.3.13
The musical phenomenon that has become a global smash hit since its inception arrives in Manchester between December and March as part of its UK tour. A show as full of vibrancy as it is magical stage sets and mesmerising performances, the Pridelands come to life before your very eyes.
With the enchanting rhythms of Africa and the classic tracks that will induce singing along, no matter how involuntary, combined with spectacular costumes and choreography, it truly is a magical spectacle to behold by all of the family.
Peter Pan – Manchester Opera House – 8.12.12 to 13.1.13
The ultimate pantomime for the Christmas season, Peter Pan, shown at the Opera House, will leave you in fits of laughter and awe. Starring none other than David Hasselhoff in a role so far away from Mitch Buchanan and Michael Knight for which he has became a global star, the Hoff plays the villainous Hook and will surely do the evil role justice.
Swan Lake – Manchester Opera House – 15.1.13 to 17.1.13
It’s the Moscow City Ballet’s turn to bring a beautiful ballet to life in the form of Swan Lake; A perfect production for a winter evening, from the genius mind of Tchaikovsky.
The Sleeping Beauty – Manchester Opera House – 28.11.12 to 1.12.12
The English National Ballet perform this beguiling adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic. In a world full of evil, curses and magic, The Sleeping Beauty will find love and happiness as she awakens from a curse that left her in a sleeping state for 100 years. Watch the magic come alive with the fantastic choreography and beauty of this national ballet production.
Celebrate the festive period with a visit to the theatre. Whether it’s musical, ballet or a great drama, you’ll be sure to find a production that is perfect for you.