Manchester Got It First!
Manchester got to see Ghost The Musical before it’s West End debut in June 2011. The Opera House is a fine building situated e in Quay Street, Manchester, England is a 1,920 seater commercial touring theatre which plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a spectactular Christmas pantomime. It is the sister to the Palace Theatre which is a similar venue in nearby Oxford Street at its junction with Whitworth Street. It is a Grade II listed building. The theatre opened its doors on Boxing Day in 1912.
The Opera House is particularly noted for hosting 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 through to 1995, an exceptional run for a regional production. The Opera House was also the venue for a spectacular stage show, Gorillazs Demon Days Live.
Manchester Opera House also saw the premiere of Never Forget, the Take That musical. The DVD of the show was also filmed there. The cast included Tim Driesen, who played the role of Adrian Banks/Mark Owen. 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 on March 28, 2011, running until May 15, 2011 This was part of an out of town try out before transferring to London’s West End in June 2011.