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The Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester

Formerly - The New Theatre / New Queen's Theatre

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The Opera House, Manchester during the run of Can-Can on the 9th of April 1956 - Courtesy Gerry Atkins

Above - The Opera House, Manchester during the run of Can-Can on the 9th of April 1956 - Courtesy Gerry Atkins

 

The Opera House on Quay Street, Manchester was built in 1912 by Farquharson, Richardson & Gill and originally opened as the New Theatre. The Theatre became the New Queen’s Theatre in 1915, and didn't actually become the Opera House until 1920.

 

Detail of the auditorium and procenium arch of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980 - Photo Courtesy Ted Bottle.

Above - Detail of the auditorium and procenium arch of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980
Photo Courtesy Ted Bottle

Programme for 'Murder in Mayfair' by Ivor Novello, and staring Novello, Fay Compton, and Edna Best, at the Opera House, Manchester in August 1934.Programme for Prince Littler's 'Glamorous Nights' by Ivor Novello, a transfer from London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, at the Opera House, Manchester in February 1936.The Theatre was Manchester's main Touring House until 1979 when it closed and was converted for Bingo use but this lasted for only five years and in 1984 it was bought by the Palace Theatre Trust who had previously saved the Manchester Palace Theatre and live Theatre was reinstated.

Left - Programme for 'Murder in Mayfair' by Ivor Novello, and staring Novello, Fay Compton, and Edna Best, at the Opera House, Manchester in August 1934.

Right - Programme for Prince Littler's 'Glamorous Nights' by Ivor Novello, a transfer from London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, at the Opera House, Manchester in February 1936.

 

The Opera House, Manchester in 1988 - Courtesy Alan Ashton

Above - The Opera House, Manchester in 1988 - Courtesy Alan Ashton who says: 'When I was working for Granada TV in Manchester, right across the road was, of course, the Opera House, and I took this shot after the frontage had all been painted and restored.'

The auditorium of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980

Above - The auditorium of the Opera House, Manchester in 1980
Photo Courtesy Ted Bottle.

 

Wartime Programme for 'The Love Racket' with Arthur Askey at the Opera House, Manchester in September 1943.The Opera House, Manchester - From a Programme 1934. The Opera House has a very large auditorium with two cantilevered balconies, each with a capacity of around 500, but because of their size they have rather restricted sight-lines to the rear. The Theatre's current capacity is 1,920.

Left - The Opera House, Manchester - From a Programme 1934.

Right - Wartime Programme for 'The Love Racket' with Arthur Askey at the Opera House, Manchester in September 1943.

 

The Theatre was bought by the Ambassador Theatre Group in November 2009 and you may like to visit their own Website for the Theatre here.