The Best Theatre Shows in Manchester: November 2018

November is packed full of incredible shows, so you’ll be spoilt for choice at the theatre, cinema or music hall!

As it gets colder and more miserable, can you think of anything better than to warm up your senses than a good night at a brilliant show?

Calendar Girls @ The Lowry
Until Saturday 10th November
Manchester’s own Gary Barlow teamed up with Tim Firth to create an award winning production of an already classic show. An all-star cast that gained five stars from the West End you now enjoy at The Lowry.

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The Political History of Smack and Crack @ Mustard Tree, Ancoats
Thursday 1st – Thursday 15th November
Chronicling the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism and the impact it had on communities and families across the city, The Political History of Smack and Crack will be performed at the Mustard Tree as part of the ‘With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival’.

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Sing-a-long Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Stockport Plaza
Saturday 3rd November
The musical was made for the sing-a-long experience that has enraptured audiences the world over for the last decade. Not to be taken lightly and don’t think you can go in your normal clothes, no way. Get that French maid outfit, glittery top hat and hot pants or go full Frankenfurter and do the time warp again and again.

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Bridget Jones’ Diary in Concert @ Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 6th November
Say what you like about the film, it is packed full of absolute bangers from the off. Now you can enjoy all those brilliant songs played by an orchestra at the even more brilliant Bridgewater Hall.

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Jason Manford: Muddle Class @ Stockport Plaza
Wednesday 7th November
Everyone’s favourite Northern comedian after Peter Kay, Steve Coogan and Bernard Manning, Jason Manford will be hitting up the Stockport Plaza with gags galore. I’m sure he’s got some great stories about having kids, being married and filming 5 out of 9 Dogs on telly.

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Cinderella @ Oldham Coliseum
From Saturday 10th November – Jan 2019
Pantomime season is coming early to the Coliseum with Cinderella dusting off her rags and broom stick and trying on glass slippers to try to find her prince charming. Perfect for kids and adults alike, the Coliseum have been producing brilliant pantomimes since your gran was in nappies so they know what they’re doing.

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Nigella Lawson @ The Lowry
Sunday 11th November
Every man’s favourite TV chef is heading to The Lowry this month to talk about her life in food and what she’s cooking right now. She’ll be interviewed by a range of authors, journalists and foodies during the show, hopefully giving audiences the chance to see what it means to be an award-winning author, TV cook and all-round food enthusiast.

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Somme Men @ King’s Arms Theatre
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November
World War One drama at the Kings Arms as four men reminisce about their families, friends, and lovers in the trenches when suddenly, a young man from the Chinese Labour Corps gets stranded with them.

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Kinky Boots @ Opera House
Monday 12th November – Saturday 1st December
Labelled ‘the freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade’, which should be enough to either spark your curiosity if you’ve never heard of it before!

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Burgerz @ The Royal Exchange Theatre
Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th November
Performance artist Travis Alabanza presents this exploration of the act of survival – the way a body can dodge objects, and how a person is received, examined and dissected in public. Carving out a place for themselves as one of the most prominent trans voices in the UK, Alabanza presents a piece that is both timely and true to their style: both unsettling and powerful.

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Celebrating Women in the Arts @ 53Two
Saturday 17th November
An evening to kick back, relax and spend a few hours in the company of awesome women who are powerhouses in the arts scene. Actors, Directors, Producers, Technicians, Casting Directors and more. One whole evening of pure, unadulterated celebration with live music, drinks and dancing.

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Jurassic Park in Concert @ Bridgewater Hall
Monday 19th November
If you’re anything like me and dinosaurs scare the bejesus out of you (yes, I went on the ride at universal in Florida when I was 20 and cried all the way round even when the ‘nice’ dinosaurs were there) then this probably isn’t for you. If you’re normal and love a great film then experience the score played by an orchestra, as all great things should be. It’s the 25th anniversary of the release too!

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake @ The Lowry
Tuesday 20th – Saturday 1st December
Swan Lake but as you have never seen it before. Contemporary, audacious and award winning, you have to see it for yourself to believe its raw magnitude.

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Benidorm Live! @ Palace Theatre
Monday 26th November – Saturday 1st December
You’ve seen the TV programme now laugh out loud live! Starring the cast from the show, right before your eyes! It’s set to be a popular one, so I’d get booking now.

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