Like many theatres in the UK, the Manchester Opera House has a long history that has seen it welcome some great shows and entertain distinguished guests. As a result it is no wonder it continues to draw in crowds in the modern day, with many well known shows taking to the stage and audiences relishing in the impressive auditorium.
Having opened in 1912 the venue has hosted an array of different productions over the years, from musicals to dance, and as a result it has catered to many tastes. Some of the shows it has welcomed have also found success in London’s West End, ensuring those in the North get to witness some of the hits of Theatreland, and as a result it has been a popular place for musical theatre aficionados.
Its original name was the New Theatre back in 1912 and didn’t gain its title of the Opera House until later in that decade. During the 20th century it wasn’t just the home of big shows, it also hosted a variety of other forms of entertainment.
Many of the hits of the West End make their way to the Manchester Opera House and recent years have seen the likes of Sister Act and Chicago grace its stage. It was also the original home of Ghost The Musical before it even arrived in London, giving audiences in the North West a chance to see the popular musical before it made its mark on those down south.
Ghost The Musical took the well known film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg and turned it into one of the most talked-about shows of its time, ensuring plenty of attention for the Manchester Opera House.
Other well known shows to appear here in recent years include Legally Blonde The Musical, The Magic Of Motown and a Christmas staging of Peter Pan with David Hasselhoff, to name but a few.
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