The Best of Theatre: Manchester’s must-see shows this March

It’s safe to say that people these days spend more time in the pub getting trollied than we do enjoying the finer things in life. Our idea of theatre is nipping to ODEON for the latest screening of 50 Shades, which is pretty sad if you ask me (can you even class those films as entertainment?!).

But on a serious note, broaden your horizons and explore the beauty of the theatre this month by buying tickets to one of Manchester’s many amazing shows. If you don’t feel more satisfied and cultured than you do after the cinema- I’ll eat my own hat!

Moscow City Ballet presents Swan Lake @ Palace Theatre
Thursday 1st March
Ballet lover or not, Swan Lake is one of the most romantic and beautifully choreographed pieces to ever grace the stage. Its iconic score and haunting interpretation makes it a must-see show, and luckily for us, the Moscow City Ballet is bringing the show right to our front door. But be quick, tickets are selling fast!

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Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet it is @ Opera House
Thursday 1st March
Want to hear all of your favourite groovy classics in one exciting evening? Well, the Opera House’s Motown-inspired show combines slick choreography with jaw-dropping live music and mind-blowing vocals. What more could you want?

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Moscow City Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty @ Palace Theatre
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd March
Ballet dancers, live orchestra and a story that is as iconic as it is beautiful- what more could you possibly want from a theatrical production? For a truly unique and enchanting evening, book tickets to see Moscow City Ballet’s newest and most stunning production- Sleeping Beauty.

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Peppa Pig’s Adventure @ Opera House
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March
Looking for something new and exciting to do with the kids? Why don’t just book some tickets and take them to see their favourite animated character, Peppa Pig, live in the theatre? You’ll earn some serious brownie points. Join Peppa as she prepares to go on a fun camping trip in the woods with all of her friends, including Suzy the Sheep and Pedro Pony. There will be lots of games, adventures, laughter and of course, live music, so it’s guaranteed to be a hit with your little ones.

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Ballet: Masterworks @ Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 4th March
There is something magical about the ballet, isn’t there? It’s one of those things you need to experience at least once in your life, so why not book your tickets for Ballet: Masterworks now and enjoy this stunning performance in your home town? Little effort, maximum pleasure!

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Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast @ Palace Theatre
Wednesday 7th March
Literally everyone knows the words to Tale As Old As Time– and if you don’t, you’re just weird. However, the Palace Theatre is hosting a sing-a-long version of the film meaning you can belt it out like Celine Dion as much as you want without being moaned at by your mates. Amazing, right?!

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella @ Lowry Centre
Tuesday 13th March
Following the success of The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, Matthew Bourne has adapted the classic Cinderella story into a tale of love set during the Second World War. His modern and thrilling interpretation follows the story of Cinderella and her chance meeting with a handsome RAF pilot. But will this magical tale end the same way? You’ll have to find out for yourself!

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The Sound of Music @ Palace Theatre
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th March
The Sound of Music is about as ‘classic’ as they come- we all know that scene where Julie Andrews is running up the hill but somehow still has enough breathe to sing her heart out. If you like the movie, you’ll LOVE the theatre production, so make sure you snatch up your tickets quick.

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The Importance of Being Earnest @ Opera House
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th March
The Importance of Being Earnest is an iconic comedy written by the literary legend, Oscar Wilde. This classically witty revival has been produced by the Original Theatre Company and stars Coronation Street’s Gwen Taylor and the amazing Susan Penhaligon- so you can bet you’ll be in for a good show.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley @ Royal Exchange
Wednesday 14th March
To mark 200 years since Mary Shelley published her iconic novel, Frankenstein, celebrated playwright April De Angelis has created an enthralling adaptation that will leave you just as spellbound as the original. But beware- this play shows depictions of murder, gore and dismembered body parts- so you better be feeling brave!

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Fat Friends- The Musical @ Opera House
Monday 19th – Saturday 24th March
Remember Fat Friends? The hilarious TV show that used to run on a Friday night? I for one loved it, so when I heard that it had been made into a theatre production, I was thrilled! Starring all of your favourite characters, you’re in for an evening of lots of laughter and giggles; with a few new faces to add to the mix. Trust me, you’ll love it.

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Beauty and the Beast with Live Orchestra @ Bridgewater Hall
Friday 23rd March
Bloody hell, Manchester can’t get enough of Beauty and the Beast- not that anyone is complaining! Sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite Disney classic- but with a live orchestra instead! Sounds incredible if you ask me.

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Hairspray @ Opera House
Monday 26th March – Saturday 7th April
Travel back to the 1960’s for the night and see the blockbuster hit, Hairspray, on stage here in Manchester! Although we would all love for Zac Efron to be in the theatre production, you’ll not be too disappointed when you leave wowed by the amazing cast. Sing along to your favourite songs such as, Welcome To The 60’s, You Can’t Stop The Beat and The Nicest Kids in Town and get up on your feet and dance. And remember- don’t forget your hairspray!

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