The best theatre and musicals opening in Manchester in September

Manchester’s theatres will welcome a number of exciting new productions to the stage in September.

From modern musicals to Thespian classics, there is something for everybody in the Manchester theatre and musical scene during the month with no less than five exciting new productions arriving in September.

Pop hits take centre stage at the beginning of the month in the form of &Juliet, while Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 Musical opens its doors in the city a few days later.

We have taken a look at the most exciting new productions set to open in the next month across the Greater Manchester region.

&Juliet – 10 September

What would happen if Juliet survived the end of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet? That is the question asked in &Juliet, which features a host of top pop hits including Britney Spears’  Baby One More Time, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys.

The play has been written by Max Marton, the man behind over 22 number one singles including hits by Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake.

&Juliet is on at Opera House Manchester from Tuesday 10 September to Saturday 12 October. Tickets are on sale at ATG here.

Brand new musical & Juliet is coming to the Opera House
National Theatre: A Taste of Honey – 13 September

Shelagh Delaney brings A Taste of Honey to Salford’s Lyric Theatre in Setpember.

The story focuses on teenager Jo, whose mother runs off with a car salesman. She agrees to marry a sailor called Jimmy before he heads for the seas. The 1950s story was Delaney’s career-defining play and is showing for a week in September.

National Theatre: A Taste of Honey is at the Lyric Theatre from Friday 13 September to Saturday 21 September. Tickets are on sale here.

9 to 5 The Musical – 17 September

A musical celebrating the music of Dolly Parton is coming to The Palace Theatre in Manchester this year.

The show, 9 to 5 The Musical, is currently playing a sold-out run in London’s West End, before heading on a UK and Ireland tour later in the year.

The musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, plotting to kidnap their sexist and egotistical boss and turn the tables on him.

Written by Patricia Resnick with music and lyrics by Dolly herself, the show will land in Manchester between September 17 and 21.

9 to 5 The Musical opens on Tuesday 17 September until Saturday 21 September at the Palace Theatre Manchester. Tickets are priced from £13 here.

Macbeth – 19 September

The Royal Exchange Theatre welcomes Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Macbeth in September.

Macbeth, fresh from victory on the battlefield, encounters three witches who predict great things for him. However, it ruthless ambition leads to murder, deceit and revenge.

Lucy Ellinson takes the title role in director Christopher Haydon’s take on the dark tragedy.

Tickets are on sale here.

The Thunder Girls – 24 September

The Thunder Girls follows the fortunes of a successful 1980s band whose lead singer, Chrissie, quits to pursue a solo career. She takes the band’s manager, Rick, who happens to be the boyfriend of another band member, with her.

The band meets up again and Chrissie tries to get them back together – but can it be done?

The show begins at the Lowry from 24 September until 28 September but tickets for all shows are now sold out here.

Queen, Phantom of the Opera and Amelie

Looking further ahead Manchester theatre fans can look forward to Queen The Musical coming to the Palace Theatre in Manchester from January 27 to February 8, 2020. Tickets are on sale now from ATG Tickets , priced from £14.90.

Amelie the musical is on at Manchester Opera House from Tuesday, August 6 to Saturday, August 10. Tickets are available from ATG tickets here .

Phantom of the Opera  will be in Manchester for several weeks and tickets can also be purchased for the opening night performance on Thursday 26 March 2020. You can buy tickets here.

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