As leaves fall, mist descends and a faint witch’s cackle echoes through the gloomy streets, Manchester’s various world-renowned theatres offer shelter with a range of incredible Halloween shows in the coming days.

From brutal, contemplative Scandi horrors to family-friendly circus spectaculars, here are some of the best Halloween theatre shows not to miss across Greater Manchester:

Frankenstein Live | The Stoller Hall | Mon 31 Oct | 8pm | £24-£29

Featuring a haunting live score from composer Michael Shapiro, the Northern Film Orchestra reanimates Frankenstein’s monster in a stunningly immersive musical accompaniment to the iconic picture on Halloween night at the Stoller Hall.

Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA, Tel: 0333 130 0967
Hocus Pocus Live | Bridgewater Hall | Mon 24 Oct | 7.30pm | From £33

Presented live in concert for the first time, the Disney classic Hocus Pocus will play on a huge screen at the Bridgewater Hall for one night, with the iconic tale of three wickedly glamorous witches backed by a world-renowned live orchestra playing Emmy-winning composer John Debney’s original score.

Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
When Darkness Falls | Oldham Coliseum | Tue 25 Oct - Sat 29 Oct | 2.30pm, 7.30pm | £7-£20

Starring Olivier-nominated actor Peter Duncan, brand new ghost story When Darkness Falls is a ‘twisted, terrifying and thrilling tale’ which follows a skeptical history teacher and a young paranormal expert as they meet on a stormy night to record a podcast exploring Guernsey’s haunted past.

Fairbottom Street, Oldham, OL1 3SW, Tel: 0161 624 2829
Let The Right One In | Royal Exchange | Sat 22 Oct - Sat 19 Nov | 7.30pm | Pay What You Decide - £32

Running for four weeks at the Royal Exchange, international cult classic Let The Right One In debuts in Manchester with a terrifying yet moving Scandinavian horror story. Adapted from the novel by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), itself adapted from the 2008 film, this new production offers a compelling, unnerving coming-of-age tale of shimmering love and captivating loneliness.

Gandey's Circus Spooktacular | Trafford Centre | Fri 14 Oct - Sun 30 Oct | 2pm, 6.15pm, 6.30pm | From £14

Returning once again to its Trafford Centre Big Top, Gandey’s Circus Spooktacular brings a brand-new production with a ‘specially selected international cast’ of skeletons, jack-0-lanterns, vampires and renowned ‘Circus Artistes’ for a thrilling family-friendly show. Running three times a day across specific dates, Gandey’s offer special discounts on selected tickets throughout the schedule.

, Tel: Outside the Great Hall, Trafford Centre, M17 8AA
Fri 14 Oct - Sat 19 Nov
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Published on:
Tue 25 Oct 2022