Theatre-lovers in Manchester are in for a treat this December. Whether you’re after a thrilling adaptation of a classic ghost story, a musical mystery, or an award-winning West End hit, you’re sure to find something that will have you racing to book tickets. 

Support a small independent venue or head along to one of Manchester’s huge world-renowned theatres and settle in for a night to remember.

Spinach | Edge Theatre | 14+ years | Tue 30 Nov - Sat 18 Dec

Delve into a Manchester mystery with Spinach, a tale of ‘thrills, abduction, pills, attraction, laughs, prescriptions This isn’t a musical, and it definitely isn’t an opera. Instead, it’s ‘a play where every word just happens to be sung’, and it’s proved to be a winning formula. Its previous performances took the North West and London by storm and received countless five-star reviews. 

Following the story of Tom and Kate as they wake up in a basement, tied to a chair, and to each other, with no memory of how they got there. Everything’s a total blank…except for a halloumi kebab and a double-decker bus. As they piece together their memories, they learn more about their captors, their terrifying fate—and each other. 

Spinach is a homegrown play that debuted at the Royal Exchange Theatre ten years ago. Don’t miss its triumphant return to the city where it all began. 

Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG
Aladdin | Opera House | Sat 11 Dec 2021 - Sun 02 Jan 2022

The family favourite returns to Manchester this December, starring Alexandra Burke in her panto debut. Combining live music, jaw-dropping special effects, and dazzling costumes, this is set to be an unforgettable adventure for audiences of all ages. 

Get ready for plenty of laughs and to bellow ‘he’s behind you!’ to your heart’s content. The star-studded cast sees Burke joined by comedian Ben Nickless, drag artist Ceri Dupree and West End star Matthew Croke. 

Produced by the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Crossroad Pantomimes, this theatrical treat is guaranteed to take you to a whole new world. 

3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP
First Time | Contact Theatre | 14+ years | Tue 30 Nov - Sat 4 Dec

Award-winning theatre-maker and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall (It’s A Sin) is getting ready to bring his ‘hilarious’ and ‘heartbreaking’ hit autobiographical show to Manchester. 

First Time is ‘a show about staying positive in a negative world’. It aims to radically challenge public attitudes to HIV through a combination of raw, passionate writing, plenty of honesty, and a whole lot of laughs. 

In collaboration with Dibby Theatre, First Time succeeds in blending arts with education, without ever feeling like a lecture. This is a show that packs an emotional punch and has received rave reviews from The Guardian, The Stage, Liverpool Echo and more. Not one to miss. 

Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA
Book of Mormon | Palace Theatre | 14+ years | Wed 8 Dec 2021 - Sat 1 Jan 2022

It’s been called ‘the best musical of this century’ by The New York Times and has swept up nine Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards. Now, the smash-hit comedy is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre for a limited time only. 

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures (and misadventures) of a mismatched pair of missionaries as they try to take their message to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. 

Featuring impossibly catchy songs and laugh-out-loud writing, make sure you catch this worldwide sensation whilst you can. 

97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT
A Christmas Carol | Sale Waterside | 11+ years | Fri 17 Dec

For one night only, join Ebenezer Scrooge as he goes on a supernatural journey into the past, present and future. Experience the atmosphere of Victorian London brought to life through magical storytelling in this haunting adaptation of Dickens’ classic. 

This show is part of Sale Waterside’s special ticket offer—book two or more theatre and dance shows for just £8 each. Choose from The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much (17 Feb) and Watson: The Final Problem (26 Feb). 

1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
Wed 1 Dec
Words:
Rachel Kevern
Published on:
Mon 22 Nov 2021