The Best Theatre Shows in Manchester: June 2019

The long-awaited and highly anticipated Book of Mormon finally arrives in Manchester this month.

That, plus a wide variety of theatre shows, concerts and plays to keep you well and truly occupied in June!

Club Tropicana @ Opera House
From Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th June
I can’t specify whether drinks are free, but there will be fun and sunshine from this musical. A trip back to the 80’s with all your favourite smash hits!

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Book of Mormon @ Palace Theatre
From Thursday 6th June
It’s Tony, Olivier and Grammy award winning and it’s finally here in Manchester at the Palace Theatre after a long wait. The Book of Mormon! The show follows a pair of Mormon boys sent to preach their religion a long way from Salt Lake City. You really won’t want to miss this.

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The Exonerated @ Hope Mill Theatre
Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th June
For all you true crime fans, this one is right up your alley. Six real life stories of six inmates on death row taken from letters, transcripts, interviews and case files in their own words.

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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet @ The Lowry
Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th June
Everyone knows the story of Romeo & Juliet – it’s pretty much the basis of every single love story since. This ballet production by Matthew Bourne is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of two young lovers who risk everything to be together.

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The Listening Room @ The Lowry
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th June
This powerful production is an exploration of life, death and justice – featuring the true stories of five people whose lives have been transformed by a violent crime. Years later each one was given the chance to meet the person on the other side.This is what happened when they said yes.

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Rotterdam @ Opera House
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th June
This amazing play follows the story of a girl who wants to come out to her parents on New Year’s Eve in Rotterdam, but as she’s about to tell them, finds out her girlfriend has always identified as a man and would like to start being called Adrian.

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This Time @ The Lowry
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th June
A bit of circus action here from award winning circus theatre company Ockham’s Razor. This Time uses the imagery of circus to create genuine theatre; ground-breaking design alongside compelling stories – examining perceptions of strength and ability: how we are strong in different ways at different times in our lives.

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Kris Kristofferson @ Opera House
Sunday 16th June
Alright so Bradley Cooper truly shone in his version of A Star Is Born, but Kris is the OG Jackson and it shouldn’t be forgotten how brilliant the version is with him and, you know, BARBRA STREISAND (Gaga is excellent though don’t get me wrong). Catch him in concert joined by The Strangers for one night only.

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Credit: Johan Persson

Admissions @ The Lowry
Monday 17th – Saturday 22nd June
Winner of Best New Play at the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Admissions is a hit comedy that follows the story of Sherri, Head of Admissions at a private school, a liberal who is fighting to diversify the student intake and a mother who wants the best for her son.

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Nassim @ HOME
Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th June
From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box. The performers will be Isaiah Hull, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Jackie Kay.

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The Hired Man @ Oldham Coliseum
From Thursday 20th June
This musical set in Cumbria in 1898 follows the passionate story of John and Emily, a young married couple, and their moving struggle to carve a living from the land. Based on the stirring novel by Melvyn Bragg, it’s a tale of love, betrayal and loyalty, set against a backdrop of English country traditions being swept away as a new century faces the gathering storm of war.

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Be More Martyn @ The Lowry
Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd June
#BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett’s death at the Manchester Arena bombing and Hope Theatre Company have spoken to eight of Martyn’s closest friends and created a unique piece of verbatim theatre using their words.

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