With tonight's switching on of the Manchester lights (and the same event at The Trafford Centre in recent weeks), the opening of the North Pole Bar and Christmas songs being played on local radio - it is fair to say that Manchester is feeling festive already! As the weather gets a little more chill and the streets might seem a little less frantic, we run you through some of the best (and LGBT relevant) events going on between now and the end of the month! Enjoy...
Who? Joe McElderry
Where? The Lowry
When? Sunday 13 November at 19:30
Winner of both X-Factor (2009) and Popstar to Opera Star (2011) Joe McElderry is coming to The Lowry for a very special night’s performance. With songs from his time on both shows, and his albums’ material, the night has something to offer everyone. Joe McEldery also featured on The Independent’s Pink List this year, as one of the most influential/well known LGBT figures in the United Kingdom. This is a show to not miss out on!
Pricing and Tickets: £27.00 - £29.50 (booking fees may apply). For tickets, see here.
What? Dirty Dancing live on stage
Where? The Palace Theatre
When? Tuesday 22 November – Saturday 7 January
The one and only ‘Dirty Dancing’ is loud and proud on stage here in Manchester, at the fantastic Palace Theatre in the city centre. Expect fast paced, sexy dancing, romantic and gripping storylines and some fabulous sing-a-long music at the renowned show. This is an event that can be enjoyed by friends, couples or even families. For something to do after the holiday season, too, the show goes on into January of next year.
Pricing and Tickets: for more information on booking tickets to this event, see here.
La Cage Aux Folles
Where? Burnley Mechanics
When? Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 November
Burnley Light Opera proudly presents ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ this month! Directed by the award winning Anthony Williams and musically directed by Andrew Saunders, the musical comedy classic will see feather boas fly and the audience fall back with laughter. George is a nightclub manager of Saint Tropez and lives with male partner Albin and son George. It all kicks off when George’s son brings his fiancée and her parents home to visit – you will have to see what happens next!
Pricing and Tickets: £10.00 - 13.50. For more information on prices and how to purchase tickets see here.
Who? Lea DeLaria’s show, ‘The Last Butch Standing’
Where? The Royal Exchange Theatre
When? Tuesday 22 November 2011
Jazz singer and stand-up comedienne Lea Delaria is coming to The Royal Exchange this November for a one-off special evening. Known as one of the world’s best jazz singers, DeLaria’s ‘The Last Butch Standing’ show brings blue comedy together with her trademark jazz, looking at “what it is like to be a badass dyke” this century.
Price and Tickets: £12.00. For more information see here.
What? Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Beautiful Thing’
Where? The Royal Exchange
When? Wednesday 9 November – Saturday 3 December
Jonathan Harvey’s fantastic production ‘Beautiful Thing’ is coming to The Royal Exchange, nineteen years after he wrote it at the age of 24. Set on an estate in London, it tells the story of three young characters named Jamie, Ste and Leah. The play follows all three characters on their tough paths to discovering who they are. This is an absolute must see for anyone who is not familiar with the story.
Pricing and Tickets: Ticket prices vary, and start at £9.50. For more information, see here.
Cheshire Oaks Christmas Lights switch on
Where? Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
When? Friday 11 November, between 5pm and 8pm
Cheshire Oaks will see X Factor star Alexandra Burke turn on Britain’s biggest Christmas tree this year, as she is accompanied by Eli Prime, Chelsea Grimes and a range of contestants from this year’s X-Factor. The tree – ninety foot tall and with over 80,000 baubles and 100,000 lights – is absolutely stunning, and attracted 15,000 people to the event in 2010. The event will also see money-can’t-buy prizes and exclusive promotions for all to enjoy.
Pricing and Tickets: This is a free event.