Manchester Sound: The Massacre

The Library Theatre Company present

Two of Manchester’s most iconic eras are about to collide in Manchester Sound: The Massacre – and you’re on the guest list.

In an underground club in Manchester, two groups of idealists meet. Both are looking for utopia, or, at the very least, something like euphoria. Both are being hounded by the law. And both are hoping for the night of their lives. They just happen to come from different centuries…

This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – from the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the late 80s acid house scene, through to today. Cultures clash as fateful protest meets party central in a rich mix of tunes and ecstasy, life-changing conversations and powerful images.

Manchester Sound: The Massacre, staged in a secret city centre venue, takes you deep into the world of the illegal rave parties of Manchester’s second Summer of Love. Melding eye-witness accounts of Peterloo with the experiences of acid house party veterans, it’s a dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of immersive site specific theatre experiences.

Still not sure if Manchester Sound: The Massacre is for you? Listen to what people have thought of the show so far and take a peek behind the scenes…

20% off food and drink at Cornerhouse

Eat and drink at Cornerhouse on the day you see Manchester Sound: The Massacre and receive 20% off your total bill.

(Offer valid for ticket holders only on day of performance. If you go pre-show they’ll stamp your ticket, if you’re coming after the show please hang on to your ticket stub and show this at the bar. One discount per transaction only. Offer applies to food and drinks.)

Contribute to our Manchester Sound playlist

We’re also putting together a playlist to get us in the mood for the show – post your favourite late 80s Mancunian classics in our comments section below and we’ll add them to the list! >>>>


BOX OFFICE: 0161 200 1500

  • Tickets: £26, £24, £22, £18
  • Previews: £15
  • Concessions available Mon – Wed
  • Groups of 6+: £1 off each ticket (exc previews)


  • Running time: 2 hours approx, no interval.
  • Further information on the production and the city centre Northern Quarter meeting point will be emailed to you shortly after booking.
  • Manchester Sound: The Massacre is a promenade performance.
  • No latecomers can be admitted.
  • The performance will feature strong language, loud noises and references to drug use.
  • A bar will be available serving bottled beers, wine and soft drinks.
  • We recommend that the performance is suitable for ages 14+
  • Tickets can be purchased online up until half an hour before the performance (subject to availability). To buy tickets after this time please contact Cornerhouse Box Office, in person or on 0161 200 1500.