Theatreland Memorabilia

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Opera House, Manchester.

Theatre in Manchester. Opened as the New Theatre in 1912, becoming the New Queens in October 1915, then finally settling on the Opera House in 1920. Closed from 1979-1984.

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
Boxing Day 1912 (opening performance) - ?Kismet
1913Ben Hur
1920 (first performance after name change)Rose of Araby
Christmas 1920D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
1930sWords and Music
1930sProscenium
1938Operette
Noel Coward
1938The Corn Is Green
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike, Emlyn Williams
1938Goodbye Mr Chips
Cast included: Leslie Banks, Constance Cummings
Tuesday 20th April 1943 - ? (two weeks)It's Time To Dance
Monday 3rd - Saturday 15th May 1943Spring Season of Popular Concerts by The Halle Orchestra
Monday 17th May 1943 - ? (six nights, prior to London)The Racketerrs
Author:Monckton Hoffe
Cast included: Will Fyffe
18th April 1947 - ?Oklahmoma!
Cast included: Harold 'Howard' Keel (Curly)
Monday 6th December 1954 - ?Pay The Piper
Monday 13th December 1954 - ?The Moon Is Blue
Cast included: Frank Leighton, Andree Melly, Anthony Oliver
Wednesday 22nd December 1954 - ? (8 weeks)
prior to West End
Wonderful Town
Book: Joseph Fields and Jermone Chodorov. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Cast included: Pat Kirkwood, David Hurst, Shani Wallis, Sydney James, Dennis Brown
November 1958 - ?West Side Story
October 1963 - April 1964
205 performances, post London
Monday 25th November 1974, 7.30pmConcerto, Giselle
Royal Ballet
Tuesday 26th November 1974, 1.30pmGiselle, Journey Through Ballet
Royal Ballet
Tuesday 26th November 1974, 7.30pmConcerto, Giselle
Royal Ballet
Wednesday 27th November 1974, 7.30pmSolitaire, Unfamiliar Playground, Pineapple Poll
Royal Ballet
Thursday 28th November 1974, 7.30pmSolitair, Unfamilair Playground, Pineapple Poll
Royal Ballet
Friday 29th November 1974, 7.30pmLes Sylphides, The Invitation, Septet Extra
Royal Ballet
Saturday 30th November 1974, 2.30pmLes Sylphides, Septet Extra, Pineapple Poll
Royal Ballet
Saturday 30th November 1974, 7.30pmLes Sylphides, The Invitation, Septet Extra
Royal Ballet
1979 - 1984Closed
3rd October 1984 - 2nd February 1985
("A Season of 132 performances only to celebrate the re-opening of OHM")
Barnum
Cast included: Michael Crawford
6th March 1985 - ?The Pirates Of Penzance
Monday 4th - Saturday 16th May 1998Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
By Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Cast included: Richard Swerrun, Julie Maguire
Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd May 1998Bronte - The Musical
Cast included: Ruth Maddoc, Jan Hartley, Kevin Colson, Joanna John
Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 6th June 1998The 7 Ages of Woman
Cast included: Barbara Dickson
Tuesday 9th - Saturday 13th June 1998The Canterville Ghost
Cast included: ROn Moody
Saturday 27th June 1998Michael Barrymore - Laid Back On Tour
Monday 20th - Saturday 25th July 1998Dracula - The Musical With Bite!
Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th August 1998Ladies Night - "The Fully Monty"
Monday 9th - Saturday 12th September 1998Postman Pat And His Black And White Cat
Friday 18th September 1998 - Saturday 30th January 1999Oliver
Cast included: Gary Wilmot, Sonia Swaby
Monday 8th - Saturday 13th February 1999Pirates of Penzance
Cast included: Paul Nicholas
Monday 15th - Saturday 20th February 1999Sleuth
Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 27th March 1999Jesus Christ Superstar
Monday 5th April 1999 - ? (previews)
Thursday 8th April - Saturday 19th June 1999
Oh What A Night
Cast included: Kid Creole, John Altman, Will Mellor
Tuesday 29th June - Saturday 10th July 1999Annie
Wednesday 4th - Sunday 8th August 1999Playdays - Why Birds Lucky Number
Tuesday 24th August - Saturday 11th September 1999Grease
Cast included: Luke Goss (Danny)
Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th September 1999The Demon Headmaster
Thursday 5th December 1999 - Saturday 8th January 2000Boogie Nights
Monday 28th March - Saturday 14th May 2011Ghost The Musical
Thursday 29th September - Saturday 15th October 2011Sister Act
Tuesday 18th - Saturday 29th October 2011Legally Blonde The Musical
October 2012 (start of tour)9 To 5
By Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick
Cast included: Jackie Clune and Amy Lennox
August 2013 (end of tour)9 To 5
By Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick
Cast included: Jackie Clune and Amy Lennox
? - Sunday 8th January 2017Aladdin
Friday 17th February - Saturday 29th April 2017Bat Out Of Hell
Monday 8th - Saturday 13th May 2017The Crucible
Monday 15th - Saturday 20th May 2017The Wedding Singer
Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th May 2017Not Dead Enough
Cast included: Laura Whitmore

Theatre history taken from Alan Hulme's article in the Barnum 1984 programme.