Manchester's Opera House - an ever-changing history
Just off Deansgate on Manchester's Quay Street is the home of this Grade II Listed building which originated as a theatre, changing to a cinema, to be followed by a bingo hall and later restored as The Opera House theatre in 1990. The building survived WWII, undergoing major refurbishment in 2003 and hosts ballet, opera and even pantos.
The columns above the main entrance are reminiscent of an ampitheatre in anicent Greece, with the inscription "The Play Mirrors Life" - a fitting motto.
International flavours, just a stone's throw away
For the foodies, Revolucion de Cuba is just a few steps away and serves up tasty exotic dishes, alongside live entertainment. Delicious cocktails served throughout happy hour and beyond. Alternatively, Sakana is a contemporary restaurant, offering Japanese bites and Pan-Asian dishes.
Sing-a-long fun in one of Manchester's oldest theatres
Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and Dolly Parton's Nine to Five - musicals are popular performances at the Opera House and always draw in a crowd.
Planning a trip to Manchester's Opera House? Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel is just half a mile away, or Travelodge Manchester Central Arena Hotel is only a five-minute drive.