What’s on in Manchester - December 2013

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A round-up of events in and around Manchester

December 1st

Tony Law

Join the multi-award-winning Tony Law for some absurd, shout-y and powerful, yet meaningful, nonsense in this brand new show

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873


December 3rd

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Roddy Frame

The legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Roddy Frame performs Aztec Camera’s debut album High Land, Hard Rain in its entirety in celebration of the album’s 30th Anniversary

Bridgewater Hall 0844 847 2277


December 4th

Slade and Sweet

Slade and Sweet, two of the biggest bands of the 1970’s come to the Manchester Palace Theatre for a night of glam rock!

Palace Theatre 0844 847 2277


December 5th-January 18th

The Day We Sang

Reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space, That Day We Sang is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family, written by Victoria Wood , one of the country’s most distinctive and well-loved comedic voices.

Royal Exchange Theatre 0844 815 4873


December 6th-January 5th

Dick Whittington

London’s streets of gold are calling out for a hero and there’s only one boy that can fit the bill....Dick Whittington.... Get ready for the Northwest’s most spectacular 2013-14 Family pantomime....oh yes it is!

Stockport Plaza 0844 815 4873


December 6th

Christmas in New York

A celebration of seasonal songs and classic carols. Evoking a magical time of year in a much loved city, this multi-layered chocolate box of musical moments provides an unforgettably magical yuletide journey infused with creative invention and reinterpretation at every turn.

Palace Theatre 0844 847 2277


December 8th


Haim are a band of sisters from Los Angeles who’s musical sound is most frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac. Singles for these girls include Falling, Don’t Save Me and Forever.

HMV Ritz 0844 847 2277


December 12th

Justin Moorhouse

“Expect stories about owls, Family Fun Days, and my dog. She’s great. I’ll probably also moan about my kids. I’ll only be joking though, they’re great too. It’s all new for 2013 and it’s happening all over the place. Be brilliant if you came.”

Bolton Octagon 0871 230 2201


December 13th

Black Star Riders

Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy monicker. The last incarnation of the band -Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza - would be looking to form a new project. - this is it.

HMV Ritz 0844 847 2277


December 14th

Jingle Bell Christmas

New for 2013! Let your Christmas fun begin as the Jingle Bell Dancers join the Manchester Concert Orchestra and wo fabulous West End soloists to kick start your Christmas celebrations. It’s jingle-tastic hit after hit all the way.

Bridgewater Hall 0844 847 2277


Deccember 17th-24th

The Night Before Christmas

A mischievous elf is pretending to be hard at work in Santa’s workshop, but he is secretly hiding toys away for himself. When Father Christmas finds out he explains to the elf what Christmas is really all about through song, poems and stories.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873


December 26th

Last night of the Christmas proms

An unforgettable programme of rousing classics! Featuring all your Prom favourites including Hornpipe, Rule, Britannia! and Nessun Dorma, with a flag waving finale

Bridgewater Hall 0844 847 2277


December 29th- 30th

The Lost Present...a Christmas Adventure

It’s Christmas Eve, and having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey to find her best friend - a little girl she hasn’t even met yet.

Lowry Theatre 0844 815 4873


Until January 11th

Robin Hood

Hidden in the depths of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood and his friends live a life of adventure - taking from the rich to give to the poor and outwitting the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham at every turn with their cunning escapades

Bolton Octagon 0871 230 2201