After over a year of staring at your phone screen while hunched over your desk for endless Zoom meetings – let’s face it, we are so over this whole stay at home all day and binge watch shows from decades ago on Netflix thing. Following May 17th, theatres have, at last, opened their doors to the public again and the show can finally go on! Here are some of the best upcoming productions to book for later this year.

Grease | Opera House | Mon 11 Oct - Sat 23 Oct | From £13

After a not-so-whirlwind summer in lockdown, check out the iconic 1970s-does-1950s musical to feel a bit of that summer-lovin’ we all so clearly missed out on last year. The feel-good nostalgia classic – with its sing-a-long score of hits like You’re the One That I Want and Summer Nights – will leave you feeling energised and humming the catchy tunes well into the new year.

With a fresh new cast who will be bringing their groove to the stage along with Mysterious Girl singer, Peter Andre, as the Teen Angel, what’s not to love about this musical favourite? Both gritty and glamorous, along with Strictly Come Dancing’s very own Arlene Phillips choreographing the numbers, this production is definitely the one that you want this October. So, grab your catsuit and leather jacket and soon you can be hand-jiving along with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies. There are worse things you could do…

3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP
The Book of Mormon | Palace Theatre | Wed 8 Dec - Sat 1 Jan 2021 | From £13

The chaotic comedy brought to you by the creators of the equally chaotic hit TV-show, South Park, is a must-see for later this year. Hilarious and outrageous, this satirical story of the laugh-out-loud misfortunes of two missionaries, Cunningham and Price, is definitely one to put in the diary.

Parody upon parody and caricature upon caricature – The Book of Mormon is not your typical musical production. After receiving nine Tony Awards, it’s of no surprise that the New York Times dubbed it as the “best musical of this century.” So, why not see this musical of the century with your own eyes and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.

97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT
The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe | The Lowry | Wed 8 Dec - Sat 15 Jan | From £26.50

Step out of the world of COVID, lockdowns and track and trace and follow Susan, Peter, Lucy and Edmund through the wardrobe portal and into the enchanted and magical kingdom of Narnia. Bringing a whole new life to the age-old nation-wide favourite, actor-turned-director Sally Cookson has completely revamped her return to the classic we all know and love.

The mesmerising dance sequences, dazzling costumes and incredible light shows are a spellbinding ode to C. S. Lewis’ 1950 bestselling novel, making this adaptation definitely one to look forward to over the festive season. Featuring a talking lion, a half-man half-goat and a captivating yet terrifying White Witch – what’s not to love?

Pier, 8 The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
Fri 21 May
Rhiannon Ingle
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Fri 21 May 2021