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It’s behind you!

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a festive show to get you in the mood. We give our run down of Manchester’s best seasonal shows…

Published on December 20th 2006.


It’s behind you!

It’s Christmas time, and despite all the mistletoe and wine you can handle Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive show to get us all in the mood, and a baddy to ‘boo – hiss’ at.

Now I don’t know about you, but for me it just doesn’t feel like Christmas yet. Despite spending my days staring at a computer screen surrounded by tinsel and my nights soaking up the atmosphere in the Christmas markets, the festive penny hasn’t quite dropped.

If, like me, you need a little assistance getting your Christmas motor purring along happily, then here’s a selection of what the city’s theatres and concert halls have to offer in the way of festive shows over the coming weeks.

The Bridgewater Hall

As always, the Bridgewater Hall are leading the way in Christmas music with a week of carol concerts to suit all tastes. Here’s what’s coming up this week:

Weds 20 December
Carols by Candlelight
Enchanting carols and Christmas classics, exquisitely presented with all the grace and charm of the 18th century in an evocative candle-lit style setting.
Tickets £16 - £32

Thurs 21 December, 7.30pm
Halle: White Christmas
Everyone from Tchaikovsky to Offenbach, Irving Berlin to Leroy Anderson has been inspired to write wonderful music that has become synonymous with Christmas. John Wilson presents these festive favourites, all guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
Tickets £9 - £35

Fri 22nd December, 7.30pm
Halle Carol Concerts
Choral Director James Burton leads the Hallé, Hallé Choir and Youth Choir in our traditional and ever-popular programme of seasonal music and carols. Spellbinding arrangements and magnificent orchestrations combine with a host of favourites for everyone to join in with. Everything you need to set the scene for a perfect, joyous Christmas.
£9 - £35

To book tickets to any of the Bridgewater Hall’s shows, click here.

The Library Theatre

The Library Theatre’s incredibly festive Christmas show this year is The Golden Goose, a fairy tale comedy that’s will delight adults as well as children and is guaranteed to leave you with a warm tingly feeling. For our review, click here.

For more information on The Golden Goose or to book tickets, click here.

The Opera House

Always one for tradition, the Opera House are providing this year’s definitive Christmas panto in the form of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Suranne Jones leads a cast of local celebrities in this much loved classic fairy tale. Tickets are selling out fast, so to get yours call 0870 060 1768.Until January 7th

The Lowry

The Lowry this year have opted for Aladdin as their Christmas panto. Starring Coronation Street bad boy builder Charlie Stubbs (aka Bill Ward) as the Abanazer, you’ll love to boo and hiss as he leads a glamorous and talented cast. We have free tickets for a family of four to win tickets – click here for more.

The Royal Exchange

Not necessarily a Christmas play, but one that will leave you feeling in love with the world and full of the joys of the season, Cyrano de Bergerac is on at the Royal Exchange until January 13th. To read what we thought of it, click here. To book tickets visit the Royal Exchange website here.

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