Spring has sprung and there’s loads to look forward to this April: lighter evenings, warmer weather, blossom on the trees, and a whole bunch of brilliant shows at some of Manchester’s best theatre destinations. 

Whether you’re after a full-blown Disney musical or a lyrical exploration of memory and belonging at one of Manchester’s best-loved indie theatre spots, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you entertained this month. 

Here are our picks of four not-to-be missed shows:

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast | Palace Theatre | 31 Mar - 4 Jun

Experience the magic at the Palace Theatre this month with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, featuring the enchanting music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. 

With brand new theatrical innovation and spectacular costumes, this spellbinding production brings together members of the original creative team that first saw Beauty and the Beast debut on Broadway 26 years ago. 

Get ready to fall in love with this ‘tale as old as time’ all over again. 

97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT
The Addams Family | Manchester Opera House | 19 - 23 Apr

They’re kooky, they’re eccentric, they’re macabre—and they’re coming to Manchester for one week only this April. 

Join the Addams Family for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist!

From the creative team behind multi-award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys and with music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family promises to be an unforgettable theatre extravaganza. 

3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP
Electric Rosary | Royal Exchange Theatre | 23 Apr - 14 May

Electric Rosary saw Tim Foley take home the Bruntwood Prize Judges’ Award for his sharp, timely and gloriously funny tale of nuns, robots and religion. 

Step behind the crumbling walls of St Grâce’s convent and meet an exhausted order of nuns and their newest convert, ‘Mary’, a practical and surprisingly-funny council-funded robot. 

Set in an imagined future, Electric Rosary asks what faith really means in the age of artificial intelligence and what it is to be human in tomorrow’s world. 

St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH
Absolute Certainty? | The Edge | 30 Apr

Qweerdog Theatre’s latest play tackles questions of consent, family secrets and friendship, exploring the grey areas in the relationship between two brothers and their best friend when a school boy crush and a drunken night out are thrown into the mix. 

A line has been crossed: but by who? What actually happened? It’s difficult to uncover the truth in a culture of silence.

Created in 2017 by Manchester School of Theatre alumni, Stewart Dylan-Campbell, Qweerdog has focused on bringing original LGBTQ+ stories to the stage in Manchester and beyond. 

Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG
Fri 1 Apr - Sat 30 Apr
Rachel Kevern
Published on:
Tue 19 Apr 2022