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ukbreakaways.com offers you a fantastic selection of breaks to Manchester, including ticket to a top theatre show!

Most of these breaks include dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation at your selected hotel and ticket for the show of your choice. The majority of the venues are within walking distance of your hotel, however, look out for shows which include coach transfers between the hotel and the venue - save on parking fees and hassle!

OUR SELECTED HOTEL

Manchester, Britannia Hotel
*4 Crown *Lift 
Impressive Victorian hotel just 500 metres from Manchester's Piccadilly Railway Station, short stroll from Arndale Shopping Centre, Manchester Arena and Castlefield Museums. Free Wi-Fi and two lively bars, Pay and Display car park nearby.

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20TH CENTURY BOY

20th Century Boy is a celebration of the life of Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam, godfather of punk - Marc Bolan tried many styles on for size in his search to become a superstar. 

Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. This dynamic new musical looks behind the glitter and the sequins to discover what drove the 'bard of Hackney' to become 'bigger than the Beatles'. 

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 20 APR – 20TH CENTURY BOY - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 17 APR – 20TH CENTURY BOY - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

Zack Mayo is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When he rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him.

When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become an Officer and a Gentleman. 

One night bed & breakfast

FRI 17 AUG – AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 14 AUG – AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

BLOOD BROTHERS – THE MUSICAL

Set in Willy Russell's native Liverpool, this international smash hit musical tells the captivating tale of twin boys, separated at birth only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother's haunting secret.

When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet.

It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show's shattering climax.

The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 18 MAY – BLOOD BROTHERS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 25 MAY – BLOOD BROTHERS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 15 MAY – BLOOD BROTHERS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 22 MAY – BLOOD BROTHERS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel 

BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL

A new stage play based on the best-selling book by acclaimed Twopence To Cross The Mersey author Helen Forrester is to receive its UK premiere in Liverpool.

The play follows the smash-hit success of Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey and is being brought to audiences by the team behind both the musical and stage play versions of the award-winning true story.

At seventeen, Helen had fought and won two bitter battles with her parents; the first to educate herself, the second for the right to go out to work.

Her parents are as financially irresponsible as ever, wasting money while their children still lack adequate food and clothing. But for Helen, things are looking up as she begins to make new friends and develop some social life outside the home.

In 1939, now aged 20 and with Britain on the brink of war, Helen has never been kissed by a man. That is until she meets a tall strong seaman, and falls in love.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 12 OCT – BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL - Liverpool, Adelphi Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

WED 10 OCT – BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL - Liverpool, Adelphi Hotel

CALENDAR GIRLS

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's 'The Girls' is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands.

This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth both grew up in the same village and have been friends for twenty five years. Gary has written 14 number one singles, is 6 times winner of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Tim has won the Olivier Award and the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical and Best Play and the Comedy Film Award for Calendar Girls.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 2 NOV – CALENDAR GIRLS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 9 NOV – CALENDAR GIRLS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 30 OCT– CALENDAR GIRLS - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

CIRCUS OF HORRORS: VOODOO VAUDEVIL

After taking to the road over 22 years ago The Circus of Horrors has toured all over the world and now reveals its latest incarnation to you: “Voodoo VaudEvil”.

The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a sensational Shock/Horror story, driven by a mainly original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue; firmly in each cheek! 

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 27 FEB – CIRCUS OF HORRORS: VOODOO VAUDEVIL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel 

FAT FRIENDS - THE MUSICAL

The hit TV show Fat Friends from award-winning national treasure Kay Mellor (creator of Band of Gold, The Syndicate and The Club) is bursting on to the stage in a musical, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber.

Join the infamous group of TV's most loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting in to the wedding dress of her dreams.

Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss this new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends in an eagerly anticipated musical which is packed full of hopes, humour and heart.

Fat Friends The Musical promises to serve up a brilliantly balanced diet of tears, laughter and self-discovery, blended up for a perfect serving of hilarious fun as our old friends battle with the scales and strive to follow their dreams. 

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 23 MAR – FAT FRIENDS - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 20 MAR – FAT FRIENDS - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL

The story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and 'flashdancer' by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Academy. The show features an iconic score including 'Maniac', 'Manhunt', 'Gloria', 'I Love Rock & Roll' and the Academy Award winning 'Flashdance - What a Feeling'.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 16 FEB – FLASHDANCE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 13 FEB – FLASHDANCE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

HAIRSPRAY

It's Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy's audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way. Hairspray is the irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 30 MAR – HAIRSPRAY - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 6 APR – HAIRSPRAY - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 27 MAR – HAIRSPRAY - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL

Legally Blonde is based on the hit film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School! Legally Blonde the Musical is the award-winning Broadway sensation created by a top-of-their-class creative team.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 29 JUN – LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 26 JUN – LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

LOVE FROM A STRANGER

A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau…

Electric with suspense and with a biting twist in its tail, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is reimagined in a brand new production by Lucy Bailey (Gaslight, Dial M for Murder). 

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 13 JUL – LOVE FROM STRANGER - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 10 JUL – LOVE FROM STRANGER - ManchesterBritannia Hotel 

MATILDA

Adapted from the ever-popular children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical has been a spectacular since it first opened to packed audiences at the Cambridge Theatre, London.
Including original songs from comedian, Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, London is the latest masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Based on the grisly tale by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of a young girl, neglected and misunderstood by her family, who discovers she has the power to change her destiny. Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre London is one of the must-see shows for all ages, whether you were inspired reading the original book or watching the award-winning film.

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 18 SEP – MATILDA - Manchester, Britannia Hotel 
TUE 25 SEP – MATILDA - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 2 OCT – MATILDA - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 9 OCT – MATILDA - Manchester, Britannia Hotel 

MISS SAIGON

In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There, she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 23 MAR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 30 MAR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 6 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 13 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 20 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 27 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 3 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 10 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 17 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 24 APR – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 1 MAY – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 8 MAY – MISS SAIGON - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

OF MICE AND MEN

A powerful story about friendship and holding on to your dreams.

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, Of Mice And Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

This landmark play by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck is the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.

Still relevant to modern times, this is a moving story about trying to hold on to your dreams and friendships during difficult times.

One night bed & breakfast

FRI 13 APR – OF MICE AND MEN - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 10 APR – OF MICE AND MEN - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

SHREK - THE MUSICAL

Shrek The Musical® is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film. Originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, the production has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori with multi award-winning set and costume design by Tim Hatley.

Join our unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, Shrek The Musical brings over 100 much-loved fairytale characters, plus a 14 foot dragon, to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. 

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

SUN 21 JAN – SHREK - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 26 JAN – SHREK - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
SUN 28 JAN – SHREK - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 16 JAN – SHREK - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 23 JAN – SHREK - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

From the team that brought you the critically acclaimed and phenomenally successful Gaslight, comes this masterful and gripping thriller.

An astonishingly gripping, brand new production of the spellbinding thriller.

Strangers On A Train is based on the world renowned 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith made universally famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. In the great tradition of Hitchcock, this spine chilling tale will delight you with its dark wit whilst having you on the edge of your seat from the start.

A fateful encounter takes place between two men in the dining carriage of a train crossing America. Guy is the successful businessman with a nagging jealousy; Charles is the cold, calculating chancer with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation setting in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever.

This production will guarantee to thrill and chill as the suspense mounts. 

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 9 FEB – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 6 FEB – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

THE JUNGLE BOOK

An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, comes to life in this colourful new show brought to you by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild.

Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling.

Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heart-warming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.

This unforgettable adventure is adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).

Suitable for 5+

One night dinner, bed & breakfast
 
FRI 4 MAY – THE JUNGLE BOOK - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 1 MAY – THE JUNGLE BOOK - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent new production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart.

Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp's 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including 'Edelweiss', 'My Favorite Things', 'Do-Re-Mi', 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain', and of course, the title song - 'The Sound of Music'.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 16 MAR – THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

THRILLER

Thriller Live is a stage and video spectacular celebrating the wonderful career of 'the World's Greatest Entertainer' - Michael Jackson. In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide with the Thriller album still the world's best-selling recording of all time. His music continues to sell in its millions, winning new fans young and old alike.

This amazing show, featuring over 20 performers with a full company of singers, dancers and live band celebrates the King of Pop like never before!

The show features over two-hours of hit songs including I Want You Back, I'll Be There, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, Blame It On The Boogie, Billie Jean, Earth Song, and many more!

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 23 FEB – THRILLER - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 20 FEB – THRILLER - Manchester, Britannia Hotel 

TITANTIC - THE MUSICAL

In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and 'the unsinkable ship' slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 11 MAY – TITANIC - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel 

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 8 MAY – TITANIC - THE MUSICAL - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

WAR HORSE

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I.

Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man's land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.

A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

One night dinner, bed & breakfast

FRI 15 JUN – WAR HORSE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 22 JUN – WAR HORSE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
FRI 29 JUN – WAR HORSE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 12 JUN – WAR HORSE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 19 JUN – WAR HORSE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
TUE 26 JUN – WAR HORSE - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

WICKED

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

One night bed & breakfast

SUN 9 DEC – WICKED - Manchester, Britannia Hotel
SUN 16 DEC – WICKED - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast

TUE 4 DEC – WICKED - ManchesterBritannia Hotel
TUE 11 DEC – WICKED - Manchester, Britannia Hotel

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