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The Manchester Opera House opened as the New Theatre in 1912 and was renamed the New Queen’s Theatre in 1915 and then finally The Opera House in 1920. The Opera House closed in 1979 and for five years was used only as a bingo hall. The Palace Trust acquired it in 1984 and returned it to a full functioning theatre. In 1990 it was acquired by Apollo Leisure and staged large-scale musicals.
The Opera House has seen many changes over its long history and numerous large productions have held opening nights and premiers here. The Opera House hosted the 1958 European premiere of West Side Story and the British regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera with a production that opened in 1993 and ran to 1995.
Manchester Opera House also hosted the premiere of Never Forget, the Take That musical. The musical has had both of its UK tours premiere at the Manchester Opera House. The world premiere of Ghost the Musical was held at the theatre from March–May 2011 before it transferred to London’s West End. The UK premiere of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 began its UK tour at the theatre also.
The Manchester Opera house plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a Christmas pantomime. Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport is located only a twenty minutes’ drive from Manchester Opera House so with such easy access to the city and great value rates Clayton is your number one choice when traveling to Manchester.