What’s on > What’s on in December

‘Tis the season once again, and this year we have two shows to entertain and inspire you, no matter what your age.

For little ones aged 3-8, David Walliams’ The Slightly Annoying Elephant stomps into Theatre 2, causing mayhem and mischief! On our Theatre 1 stage, much-loved theatre company 1927 return with Roots, a celebration of folktales and storytelling told through stunning animation and live music. And that’s not all – our ground floor gallery is transformed into a cosy Christmas sitting room for The Manchester Project at Christmas, a series of festive tales from acclaimed Manchester writers, followed by cabaret and comedy, whilst early in December, drag icons Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo bring A Night at the Musicals back home for one last show.

In our cinemas, we’re strapping on our tap shoes and practising our jazz hands for the BFI’s Musicals! season, celebrating some of the very best big screen outings of our all-singing all-dancing family favourite genre.

Theatre: What’s on in December

Cinema: What’s on in December

Film

First a Girl (U)

Starts Sun 1 Dec 2019 at 13.00
A little-known British adaption of the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria (later remade as Victor Victoria and similarly reworked in Shakespeare in...
Film

Shooting the Mafia (CTBA)

Starts Thu 5 Dec 2019 at 18.00
Documenting the Cosa Nostra's barbaric rule, Letizia Battaglia bore unflinching witness to their crimes. Her photographs, art, and...
Film

A Star is Born (U)

Starts Sun 8 Dec 2019 at 17.00
A Star is Born features an Oscar nominated Judy Garland and James Mason as the lovers on opposing...
Film

Her Smell (15)

From Fri 13 Dec
The B-side to Vox Lux, Alex Ross Perry offers an incisive portrait of a destructive personality in the...
Film

It’s a Wonderful Life (U)

Starts Sat 14 Dec 2019 at 20.15
This ultimate feel-good and festive favourite, from Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, stars James Stewart as despairing businessmen George...
Film

Cabaret (15)

Starts Sun 15 Dec 2019 at 13.00
Classic Liza Minnelli performance in a new 35 mm print of the legendary Bob Fosse's film.
Film

Buddies (CTBA)

From Fri 13 Dec
Made in the space of just nine days in the summer of 1985, filmmaker Arthur “Artie” J Bressan Jr’s...
Film

Sprinter (CTBA)

Tickets on sale soon
Coming of age story about 'Rasta Rocket' Akeem Sharp, and his battle to become a track & field...
Talk

Cabaret + Intro

Thu 19 Dec 2019 – Sat 28 Dec 2019
The screening on Tue 17 Dec will be introduced by Dr Andrew Moor, Reader in Film at Manchester...
Film

Cabin in the Sky (U)

Starts Sat 21 Dec 2019 at 15.40
With its all-black cast, MGM’s 1943 musical Cabin in the Sky provided a rare and invaluable showcase for some...

Art: What’s on in December

Events: What’s on in December

Talk

Cabaret + Intro

Thu 19 Dec 2019 – Sat 28 Dec 2019
The screening on Tue 17 Dec will be introduced by Dr Andrew Moor, Reader in Film at Manchester...