The Best Theatre Shows in Manchester: January 2020

It’s the roaring ‘20s! Despite entering a new decade, we all know that January blues have set in.

If you’re desperately in need of a bit of cheering up, look no further than a show or two in Manchester this month!

Swan Lake @ Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 5th & Monday 6th January
For only two nights, arguably the most famous ballet – and Tchaikovsky’s most notable work – graces the Bridgewater Hall stage. This beautiful performance will be danced by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by the Russian State Ballet Orchestra.
If you miss this particular show, Swan Lake will be at Palace Theatre later on in the month (23rd and 24th January).

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Hamlet @ The Lowry
Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th January
The award-winning Boaty Theatre Company bring you Hamlet in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic like you’ve probably not seen before. It’s set to be an exceptional two nights.

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Cuttin’ It @ Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 9th January – Saturday 1st February
Two teenagers both born in Somalia but growing up in Britain, get the same bus together each day but have never spoken. They come from different worlds but as they get closer, they find out the harrowing truth about a shared family secret.

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Turn On Fest @ Hope Mill Theatre
From Tuesday 14th January
Hope Mill have collaborated with Superbia to launch a new queer arts festival exploring themes of gender, sexuality and identity within Greater Manchester. There’s a packed calendar of LGBTQ+ performances – which you can see below…

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The Rise – Rehearsed Reading @ Royal Northern College of Music
Thursday 16th January
Baker Alfred and his two daughters Violet and Winifred lead us through the highs, lows, dreams and disappointments of working-class life in Lancashire circa 1894.

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Madama Butterfly @ Palace Theatre
Wednesday 22nd January
If you’re a bit of an opera novice, Madama Butterfly is a great place to start. At the Palace Theatre for one night only.

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A Bowie Celebration @ O2 Ritz
Thursday 23rd January
We love him, we miss him dearly and we will forever revere him, and there’s no better place to do that than with like minded Bowie fans enjoying song after song after song.

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Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour @ Manchester Arena
Saturday 25th January
Straight from our TV’s and straight onto a live tour, join all the stars of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 perform all the stunning numbers we’ve seen from a particularly good year.

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We Will Rock You @ Palace Theatre
Monday 27th January – Saturday 8th February
A show that’s name proceeds it, We Will Rock You comes to Manchester but only for a criminally short period of time. Act fast!

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