With its classical façade and constantly changing shows, the Opera House is one of Manchester’s most distinctive and high output commercial touring theatres. Along with its sister venue The Palace Theatre, the 1,920-seater Opera House attracts all the hottest touring musicals, ballet, concerts and pantomimes to the North of England, earning its reputation as an iconic Manchester landmark. The Opera House originally opened under the name the New Theatre in 1912 before it was renamed the Opera House in 1920. The theatre operated for almost sixty years before it was closed in 1979, spending the next five years being used as a bingo hall. Thankfully the Opera House was acquired by the Palace Trust in 1984 and returned to its original function as a theatre how it's thrived ever since. The Opera House has a storied history of presenting musicals in particular as the site of West Side Story’s European premiere in 1958 and the regional debut of The Phantom of the Opera in 1993. If you find yourself with an evening spare and fancy tapping your toes to your favourite songs, the Opera House will help you do just that. See + compare ticket prices to Manchester Opera House shows below.