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MATILDA THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 18th September to Saturday 24th November 2018 - Palace Theatre

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. Availability chart to be used as a guide only, dates subject to availability.

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S "PUTTING IT TOGETHER"  
Wednesday 24th October to Saturday 24th November 2018 - Hope Mill Theatre

Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, this acclaimed musical revue celebrates Stephen Sondheim’s incomparable career in musical theatre and features more than 30 musical numbers from some of the Broadway composer’s most memorable and best-loved shows including: Company  • Follies  • Into the Woods  • A Little Night Music • Merrily We Roll Along • Sweeney Todd • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL  
Friday 26th October to Saturday 1st December 2018 - Hope Mill Theatre

A Christmas Story The Musical, with book by Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land) won rave reviews on Broadway in 2012 and is based on the a classic film of the same name – which has become a cult staple of the Holiday Season in the US.

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KINKY BOOTS  
Monday 12th November to Saturday 1st December 2018 - Opera House

Don't miss the 'freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade' (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour! It's the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.

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RENT - THE HIT MUSICAL!  
Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th November 2018 - Heywood Civic Centre
Rochdale Musical Theatre Company proudly present RENT - THE HIT MUSICAL! Set in 1989 in the East Village of New York City, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of young artists falling in love, finding their voices and living for today!
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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT  
Monday 25th to Saturday 30th November 2019 - Palace Theatre

The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is going on tour! With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally!

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THE PRODUCERS  
Fri 30th November 2018 to Sat 26th January 2019 - Royal Exchange Theatre
Adapted from the Cult Comedy film by Mel Brooks, our Christmas musical THE PRODUCERS follows the sell-out success of Guys and Dolls. Don’t miss this hilarious and riotous night out.
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WICKED  
Tuesday 4th December 2018 - Saturday 5th January 2019 - Palace Theatre

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students.

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SIX  
Tuesday 4th to Sunday 16th December 2018 - The Lowry
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75 minute celebration of 21st century sisterly sass-itude.
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LITTLE GIFT  
Wednesday 19th to Monday 31st December 2018 - The Lowry
Told with exquisite puppetry, original music and a whole lot of heart, LITTLE GIFT is a brand-new story from multi award-winners M6 Theatre and Andy Manley.
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DRIP  
Thursday 31st January 2019 - The Lowry
A one-man musical comedy. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.
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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW  
Wednesday 9th to Saturday 29th January 2019 - Opera House

Hot from a sell out worldwide tour and now having been experienced by over 30 million theatregoers across the globe, Richard O’Brien’s timeless musical masterpiece is touring with a stop at the Opera House Manchester.

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THE BAND  
Wednesday 16th to Saturday 26th January 2019 - The Lowry
Join us as this group of girls who were once inseparable reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives.
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SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL  
Thursday 17th January 2019 - The Lowry
The Showstoppers have been working on the show since 2008, figuring out how to improvise in increasingly esoteric styles, musical, dance, straight theatre, and film genres to name but a few.
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CLUB MEX  
Thursday 17th January to Sunday 3rd February 2019 - Hope Mill Theatre

Club Mex is an event like no other – a part-immersive, part-musical clubbing experience. With a script penned by one of the UK’s most exciting emerging female stand-up comedians and an infectious, original musical score that fuses pop, dance and musical theatre.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER  
Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th January 2019 - Palace Theatre

The fever is back! In a big new production! You've never felt like this before... Saturday Night Fever tells the iconic story of Tony Manero, & his reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success. Featuring the Bee Gees' greatest hits Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy, More Than a Woman & many more.

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JERSEY BOYS  
Tuesday 29th January to Saturday 16th February 2019 - Palace Theatre
This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide.
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ANNIE  
Saturday 2nd to Saturday 16th February 2019 - Opera House

Direct from the West End, ANNIE, returns for a new UK Tour! Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she's chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

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THE FULL MONTY  
Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd February 2019 - Opera House

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers’s presentation of the Sheffield Theatres production of Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production, will tour the UK & Ireland for the final ever time in 2018/19.

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QUADROPHENIA LIVE  
Sunday 24th February 2019 - Stockport Plaza

Produced by Concept Concerts this production, acclaimed by a Sunday Times journalist as “Mighty, moving and unstoppable,” sees 8-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance of The Who’s smash hit concept album, Quadrophenia.

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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 23rd March 2019 - Opera House

Discover the story behind Motown, the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and - of course - the music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat.

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LES MISERABLES  
Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 30th March 2019 - Palace Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables will tour the UK in 2019.
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THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS  
Sunday 31st March 2019 - Opera House

The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest & best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up which has jump-started the legacy of Jake & Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic & an energy & spirit that is impossible to resist.

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AMERICAN IDIOT  
Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th April 2019 - Palace Theatre
Following two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive rock musical American Idiot returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album. Contains strong language and drug references - not suitable for under 14s.
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STEVE STEINMAN'S VAMPIRE ROCK  
Saturday 6th April 2019 - Opera House

This rock-tastic, hilarious, musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation. A tongue-in-cheek storyline, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever! Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more.

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HAIR THE MUSICAL  
Monday 8th to Saturday 13th April 2019 - Palace Theatre
Adored for its Grammy award-winning score featuring iconic hits such as Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, I Got Life and Good Morning Starshine, experience the intoxicating power of Hair and celebrate its affirmation of life, freedom and equality. Come join the tribe and relive the summer of love!
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BLOOD BROTHERS  
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th April 2019 - The Lowry
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary 'Blood Brothers' tells the captivating & moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes 'Bright New Day', 'Marylin Monroe', & the hit 'Tell Me Its Not True'.
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MRS. BROWN'S BOYS D'MUSICAL  
Saturday 12th to Sunday 14th April 2019 - Manchester Arena

The Award Winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys invite you to their brand new production “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical?”. “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical?” promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side splitting and musical adventure. If you haven’t experienced Mrs. Brown’s Boys live show, this tour is set to be one of the hottest tickets for 2019 and is not to be missed.

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GHOST - THE MUSICALTHE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th April 2019 - Palace Theatre

The movie Ghost has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his screenplay for this musical.

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DIRTY DANCING  
Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - Palace Theatre
Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion & sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby & Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds...
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THE KING AND I  
Friday 26th April to Saturday 11th May 2019

The King and I is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals – with one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, with over 50 world-class performers AND full-scale orchestra. A celebration of the lavish heritage of the very best in romantic musical theatre from an unparalleled multi award-winning creative team. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness this glorious production.

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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - A ROAD MUSICAL  
Monday 27th May to Saturday 1st June 2019 - The Lowry
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a touching and hilarious musical comedy, created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) & William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos) & based on the Oscar-winning film by Michael Arndt. A smash hit off-Broadway, it arrives in a brand new, European premiere production.
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CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL  
Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th June 2018 - Opera House

Take a trip back to the electric 80’s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics. Hair was big! Shoulders were padded! Mobiles weighed a tonne! Set to some of the most iconic, chart-topping pop anthems of the 80’s all performed live on stage.

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THE BOOK OF MORMON  
Thursday 6th June to Saturday 13th July 2019 - Palace Theatre

This outrageous musical comedy from creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.  Now with sold out productions in London, on Broadway, and in North America, Melbourne and Sydney, The Book of Mormon has become a worldwide sensation.

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VULVARINE  
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th July 2019 - The Lowry
The critically-acclaimed sellout Edinburgh Fringe hit. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind.
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WE WILL ROCK YOU  
Monday 27th January to Saturday 8th February 2020 - Palace Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE SOON - Since 2002 over 16 million theatergoers in 19 countries have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances. 24 of Queen's greatest hits, including Radio Ga Ga, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You!
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