Latest information available about performances at various Manchester Theaters - Opera House, Palace and Lowry etc.

Manchester's performing arts scene has come in leaps and bounds in recent years and many people now rate it as second only to London in the UK.

Two of the major theatres, the Palace and Opera House, concentrate on the 'blockbuster' shows, mainly emanating from London, but there are a whole host of smaller theatres putting on some excellent productions. The Royal Exchange is a wonderful 'theatre in the round' and has built up a huge reputation in critical circles. At one time it was somewhat highbrow in output but dwindling audiences forced a reappraisal and it now consistently schedules highly accessible but innovative material.

Smaller theatres such as the Library and the Contact complete an excellent portfolio of quality City Centre venues.

A short tram-ride or drive away at Salford Quays is the stunning Lowry complex, which holds three separate theatres of varying sizes. Most productions are short-run and there is, therefore, an ever-changing, something for everybody, appeal about the Lowry. A spectacular, waterside, modern building, which is not just a theatre but a destination in its' right. It includes an excellent art gallery displaying, amongst other exhibits. a superb collection of work by the great Salford artist LS Lowry.

Within the Greater Manchester area there are many other theatres, catering for all tastes. List and schedules of Manchester theatres

If you're interested in musical performance, there are many venues covering the entire range from classical through to popular music.

The excellent and spectacular Bridgewater Hall houses the world famous Halle Orchestra, but is also the venue for quality music to suit all tastes, including classical, opera, World Music, Blues, Jazz and Folk.

The Lowry, Palace and Opera House theatres also stage concerts and ballet alongside their theatrical offerings.

The Royal Northern College of Music concentrates mainly on classical, jazz and world music.

Two large venues, the MEN Arena and GMex, are the main outlets for the 'stadium tours' of the top-selling popular artists, but even these can prove too small for some acts who, in summer, may utilise the 76,000 football stadium at Old Trafford, the 25,000 Lancashire Cricket Ground, also at Old Trafford, or the City of Manchester sports stadium at Eastlands.  

Many smaller venues, including the 2500 seat Manchester Apollo at Ardwick, provide a kaleidoscope of musical output.