The Best Theatre Shows in Manchester: February 2020

Whether it’s musical versions of much-loved films, sing-a-longs or Ghost Stories, there’s plenty of variety in February to get stuck into!

We Will Rock You @ Palace Theatre
1st – 8th February
Continuing its superb run into February, the must-see We Will Rock You will have you belting Queen songs all the way home and for the rest of time.

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Trojan Horse @ Oldham Coliseum
6th & 7th February
Winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and the Fringe First Award 2018, Trojan Horse is the story of a community torn apart by racial division and ‘British values’. A local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

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Grease (with a live orchestra) @ Bridgewater Hall
7th February
Who doesn’t love Grease?? Watch the film along with a live orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, which can only make the experience ten times better than it already is.

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Thriller Live @ Palace Theatre
10th – 15th February
It’s debatable whether MJ songs should be entertained in nightclubs and bars at the moment (you all know why). Nevertheless, Thriller is said to be a sight for sore eyes, so go and give it a try!

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Welcome to Shangri-La @ Home Mill Theatre
11th – 20th February
Welcome to Shangri-La follows the story of Cheryl who longs for something more normal than her life living in a run-down seaside B & B that also doubles as a swinger’s club, with a gambling man, a fortune teller and an elderly deviant.

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Wuthering Heights @ Royal Exchange Theatre
13th February – 7th March
A stage version of Emily Bronte’s classic novel about Heathcliff and the wild and windy moors (spoiler: it’s about much more than that).

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Guy: A New Musical @ Sale Waterside
Saturday 15th February
An award-winning modern-day gay love story comes to Waterside this month, sharing the story of a fat, gay, nerdy man looking for love. Combining electronic, pop and musical theatre, GUY is Queer As Folk meets Bridget Jones with a catfishing musical twist.

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Menopause: The Musical 2 @ Palace Theatre
17th February
The clue is probably in the title of this musical – it’s a show all about the stress and anxieties of Menopause, but made into one feel-good musical.

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Ghost Stories @ The Lowry
18th – 22nd February
Certainly not for the faint of heart, Ghost Stories, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon, comes to The Lowry this February. Just don’t go alone.

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Jane Eyre @ Sale Waterside
24th – 26th February
Jane Eyre tells the story of an orphan and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Falling in love, she gradually uncovers a hidden past to the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall – a terrible secret that forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice.

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Back to the Future The Musical @ Opera House
From 25th February
I must admit, on first look I was slightly apprehensive about any sort of musical remake of a complete and utter classic film. You’ll be in for a real treat though, so don’t scoff and give Back to the Future musical a go – it’s well worth it.

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