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Jerry Springer The Opera

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
08 August 2019 to 31 August 2019

A revival of Jerry Springer The Opera is coming to Manchester in August – almost 15 years since the show was last performed in the UK.

The controversial musical will have a four-week run at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, from August 8-31.

It caused a storm when it came to the UK stage in 2002, and in this new revival it promises the same raucous energy!

From tap-dancing KKK members, to a provocative dancing stripper, to the ultimate battle between God and the Devil, nothing is off limits.

It is brought back to the stage as a first show from new production company Northern Ricochet formed by James Baker (Parade, Yank), Tom Chester (Parade, Mamma Mia) and Bill Elms (Epstein The Man Who Made The Beatles, Twopence To Cross The Mersey).


David Upton

Coming up

Red Dust Road

HOME, Manchester
01 September 2019 to 14 September 2019

Scottish writer and poet Jackie Kay’s personal memoir, Red Dust Road, is to play at HOME Manchester in September.

The National Theatre of Scotland and HOME, Manchester presents the world premiere.

Adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta and directed by Dawn Walton, Red Dust Road will open at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival, before playing at HOME, Manchester, and touring to the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, and Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, in autumn 2019.

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realises her skin is a different colour from that of her mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her Highland mother and Nigerian father birth parents, Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of twists, turns and emotions.


David Upton

& Juliet

Opera House, Manchester
10 October 2019 to 12 October 2019

& Juliet is the new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate?

With the music of Max Martin, songwriter of some of the biggest pop anthems of the last 30 years, the show is to star the award-winning Miriam-Teak Lee, awarded Best Actress in a Musical at The Stage Debut Awards for her role of Claire DeLoone in On The Town. She was also one of the stars of the original London cast of Hamilton.

The production will play a limited season at Manchester Opera House, October 10-12, before performances in London at The Shaftesbury Theatre.




David Upton

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Palace Theatre Manchester
25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019

Mark Goucher joins forces with first time producer Jason Donovan to create a new production of hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

The show makes a perfect vehicle for Donovan to begin his life as a producer, having performed in the cast of the original West End production and two subsequent UK tours.

The production will open in Dartford next September 2019 and will then tour throughout the UK and Ireland, arriving In Manchester on November 25, 2019.


David Upton


The Lowry, Salford
03 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

SIX the musical will return to The Lowry next year for a five week Christmas run.

The musical theatre story of Henry VIII’s six wives is a 75-minute celebration of sisterly heartbreak

Powered by an all-female band and with songs including Ex-Wives, Haus of Holbein and Don’t Lose Ur Head, this musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss has been one of the most successful West End shows of 2018.


David Upton

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Opera House, Manchester
06 December 2019 to 29 December 2019

Manchester Opera House will next year stage Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen.

He recently returned to his roots as a performer in musical theatre, starring as Miss Hannigan in the West End production of Annie. Craig also choreographed and directed the recent UK tour of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke, directed and choreographed the new Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man, and choreographed the feature film Paddington 2.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, continuing their partnership with Manchester Opera House following this year’s Cinderella.


David Upton

The Bodyguard

Palace Theatre Manchester
10 December 2019 to 04 January 2020

Alexandra Burke will play Rachel Marron in the The Bodyguard when it returns to Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Following its sell out run in 2015, the musical will play a festive season from 10 December 2019 – 4 January 2020.

Burke returns to the role having played it in both the West End and the subsequent sell out 2015/2016 tour. She first rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. She will perform the role of Marron at evening performances only.


David Upton

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The Lowry Salford
10 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - the New York Christmas sensation – is to play Christmas 2019 season at The Lowry.

Featuring songs You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, Max the Dog narrates the show, as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is ‘two sizes too small’, decides to steal Christmas away from Holiday-loving Whos.

The show broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway. The announcement of the tour of the musical comes as a new movie of The Grinch – starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch and Angela Lansbury – reaches a new generation at cinemas.

The musical runs from December 10 to January 5.


David Upton

We Will Rock You

Opera House, Manchester
27 January 2020 to 08 February 2020

Following 2010 and 2011 UK theatre tours and 2013 10th anniversary world arena tour, the Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You has been ‘reimagined’ for 2019 and will embark on a new tour, showing in Manchester from January 27 –February 8, 2020.

It follows hot on the heels of the release of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Since 2002 more than 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have seen We Will Rock You.


David Upton