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Important Notice


Link4Life Venues Box Office Services

In order to improve our service we will be transferring all Box Office functions to a central office based at Heywood Civic Centre from Tuesday 1 September 2015.

For telephone enquires please call  0300 303 8633.

For out of hours enquiries please call the 24 hour box office helpline 0115 993 4419 (SEE Tickets).

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Fo online ticket sales visit:

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Also see us on http://www.manchestertheatres.com/

Middleton Arena

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The Arena has a regular programme of arts and entertainment including live music, concerts, comedy and dances with stage shows and national tours. With two licensed bars this is the perfect location for a great night out.

The Arena auditorium is a professionally equipped performance space with high quality staging, lighting and sound systems. It seats up to 500 people in theatre style and is also flexible entertainment space that can host up to 300 with a stage and 750 without.

Here you will find information about our programme of forthcoming events.

If you experience any problems purchasing tickets online please contact the administrator on 01706 927236.

Headsets are now available at Middleton Arena to improve sound quality for the hearing impaired in performances. The Sennheiser in-ear headphones rely on infra-red transmitters in the auditorium to transmit sound to the headsets. Six sets of headphones are available at a hire fee of £1 with a £5 refundable deposit. Headphones can be booked in advance through the Middleton Arena box office.

Beth Tweddle Gym Stars is coming to Middleton Arena

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Britain's most successful female gymnastics is bringing her Gym Stars programme to Middleton Arena in 2015 to give children aged 2-7 the opportunity to have a go at gymnastics.

For more information or to add your details to our waiting list for when the classes start please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.totalgymnastics.co.uk

King of Pop - The Legend Continues... Starring Navi

navi-middleton-arenaSaturday 12 September 2015

There are several tribute shows to Michael Jackson currently performing around the world, but only ONE will have you believing for just a moment... The Legend Continues.

This superb production stars 'Navi' who is officially recognised as the world's No.1 MJ impersonator. He is also the only tribute ever to be chosen by Michael Jackson himself. Michael selected Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties and actually gave him a standing ovation. Michael also invited Navi to spend a day at his home 'Neverland'. The pair remained close and Navi was often hired to act as Michael's decoy/body double due to his uncanny resemblance to the star.

Navi has since continued to work at the highest level and has performed in a whopping 57 different countries. Along with his incredible live band and dancers, he is currently taking UK theatres by storm and once again raising the bar in the MJ tribute world with his thrilling new show.

Don't miss King Of Pop – The Legend Continues as Navi brilliantly recreates all the magical classics from the early Jackson 5 songs to mega-hits such as Thriller and Smooth Criminal in a night out the whole family will enjoy.

Doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm
Tickets: Adults £16.50, Under 16 £10, Group offer buy 10 get 2 free.

buy-ticketsonline or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Grimethorpe Colliery Band – ‘Brassed Off’

grimethorpe colliery bandSunday 13 September 2015

The real stars of the smash hit movie ‘Brassed Off’, Grimethorpe Colliery Band are in constant demand for concert appearances across Europe. Having won almost every brass band accolade, they have a highly acclaimed international reputation with countless television appearances and recordings to their credit. 

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with the fabulous sound of this world famous brass band, performing your favourite classics with passion and style!

“A thoroughly entertaining show … a must.” The Guardian

“Sensational … spectacular!” The Times

“A wonderful show mixed with humour, celebrations and spectacular songs.” Nottingham Post

Time: Doors 2.30pm, starts 3pm

Tickets: £18

buy tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Roy Chubby Brown

roy-chubby-brown-2015Saturday 19 September 2015

Don't Get Fit Get Fat LIVE !

Roy 'Chubby' Brown is a comic genius and one of the funniest comedians in the world.
His outrageous performances are considered unsuitable for mainstream television but his video's and DVD's sell in their millions. His live concerts are legendary and every theatre and concert hall in the UK has put up the 'Sold-out' signs when he has appeared.

He has also taken his brand of humour around the world with huge success in Australia, the USA, the Middle East and Hong Kong. When 'Chubby' comes to town make sure you do not miss out, buy a ticket, 'but be warned' if you are easily offended please stay at home and watch another night of 'boring television'.

Packed with belly busting jokes!

Doors: 7.30pm, starts 8pm

buy-tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Ed Byrne – Outside, Looking In

ed-byrne-outside-looking-inWednesday 30 September 2015

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show.

The master of observational comedy, Ed Byrne's television appearances include 'Live At The Apollo', 'Mock the Week', 'The Graham Norton Show' and 'Have I Got News for You'. A sucker for a quiz, he's appeared on 'Celebrity Mastermind' and 'Celebrity Pointless'. Ed is also a regular contributor to comedy and music shows on both BBC Radio 2 and 4 and 6 Music.

"Comedy's holy grail... Go see" The Sunday Times

"Byrne is at the top of his game" The Sunday Telegraph

Time: Doors 7:30pm, starts 8pm
Tickets £19

buy tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020 (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Justin Moorhouse 'Destiny Calling'

justin-moorhouse-destiny-calling-tourSunday 3 October 2015

Justin is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show for 2015 'Destiny Calling' doing what he does best - making people laugh up and down the country.

'Comedic tour de force...brought a tear to a critical eye' The Herald

Fresh from the 15 date Manchester Arena Phoenix Nights LIVE reunion in aid of Comic Relief (reprising his much loved role of Young Kenny), Justin is ready to hit the road and his coming to a venue near you.

'Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd' Sunday Times

Justin has recently appeared in the new series of Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and Coronation Street (ITV1). He is currently Champion of Champions on Fighting Talk (BBC Radio 5Live), a familiar voice on talkSPORT as well as Radio 4's News Quiz and winner of Celebrity Mastermind.

'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world' The List

Doors: 7pm, starts 7.30pm

All tickets £16

 buy ticketsonline or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020 (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Showaddywaddy on Tour 2015

showaddywaddyFriday 16 October 2015

Showaddywaddy have been on tour since 1973, and will again be on the road in 2015! The band are playing sold-out shows up and down the land, and there are nearly 100 gigs on the list for 2015/16, which is testament to the band's enduring appeal!

This year, the band will entertain crowds at some of their old favourite venues where they played in the 1970s and 1980s, including Newcastle City Hall, Stoke's Victoria Theatre, and Portsmouth Guildhall, as well as outdoor festivals in the Summer. Showaddywaddy will be in most places throughout the UK from Scotland to the south coast - check out the band's gig dates here, and go along and find out why the band are getting rave reviews!"

Doors 7pm, show starts 7.30pm

All tickets £19

buy tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Middleton Band present Versatile Brass

middleton-band-presents-versatile-brassSaturday 17 October 2015

"Formed in 1972, Versatile Brass have performed around the world for over 40 years. Whilst the personnel have changed over the years the world class standard of the ensemble has remained, as has James Shepherd himself who still performs with the group.

James is one of the most respected cornet/trumpet players in the world. He still has the distinction of being the only brass player to have won the coveted Champion Soloist of Great Britain award in 3 consecutive years and was principal cornet of the famous Black Dyke Mills Band for over 10 years before forming his Versatile Brass. Amongst his many accolades and awards he has been awarded the much coveted Isles Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to music. All ten of the ensemble members have been at the very highest level of brass playing in the UK for many years. Each performer has been selected by James himself, and each one has been delighted to grasp the opportunity to play with this coveted group.

The original group achieved great success, playing from venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to an Australian tour, and everything in between. The name 'Versatile' was chosen to represent not only the virtuosity of the players, but also the variety of music that the ensemble perform. The majority of the group's repertoire has been especially composed or arranged for this group, and the repertoire represents over 400 years of music making, with every conceivable style represented with equal aplomb. To date Versatile Brass have recorded almost 20 albums, almost exclusively featuring bespoke music written for the group.

After a sabbatical period during the 2000s, Jim decided to re-form Versatile Brass in 2013, much to the excitement of all involved. There has been no equivalent 10-piece within the brass band world to replace the original Versatile Brass, and the group's early concerts with the new line-up have quickly come under high demand. The group is now a mixture of long-serving VB members and new talent, each one of whom is an accomplished soloist in their own right. Their combined talents result in vibrant virtuosity, presented with polished professionalism which reaches the highest standards of technical proficiency and artistic musicality.

We hope you will enjoy this premier ensemble of Versatile Virtuosi...."

Doors: 7pm, concert starts 7.30pm

Tickets £12, Concessions £10 (under 16, over 65) no other deals.

buy tickets online at Tickets.com or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Evening of Clairvoyance with renowned Supernaturalist David Holt

david-holtFriday 23 October 2015

Back by popular demand leading UK spirit medium David Holt returns to Middleton Arena in 2015.

Join renowned Supernaturalist David Holt for a very different evening. Does consciousness and the human soul survive death? He says "YES".

Since the age of four David has been able to see, hear and feel the presence of the spirit people around him. Delivering mind blowing evidence of life after death and with no two evenings ever the same, you will be involved in a unique and interactive experience.

Now sit back and listen, the next message could be for you....

Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm

Tickets: £15

buy-tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

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You're Never Too Old

Thursday 29 October 2015

Anton Benson Productions present 'You're Never Too Old' by Steve Wood & Directed by Danusia Iwaszko.

Starring Diane Keen & Graham Cole.

When Tommy and Ada meet on a park bench it is all too clear they are from very different backgrounds; but as they begin to confide secrets and recount memories, could this be the start of something special for such an unlikely pair?

Diane Keen (best known for her roles as Fliss Hawthorne in The Cuckoo Waltz, Jenny Burden in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Julia Parsons in the long-running BBC soap Doctors) and Graham Cole (best known for his role a PC Tony Stamp in the long-running  drama The Bill) star in this one-act bittersweet comedy that examines relationships, loneliness and humanity.

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Tickets: £16, Concessions £14

Time: 7.30pm

 buy-ticketsonline or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Male Variety Act - Forbidden Nights

forbidden-nightsThursday 5 November 2015

Forbidden Nights - a classy new all male variety show with full theatre production and explosive choreography.

Forbidden are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around the UK with charisma, undeniable talent, sparkling personality and honed physiques in equal measure. They can sing, they can dance and they are very easy on the eye! Featuring a vocalist, aerial artist, pole performer and fire act all delivered with an element of naughtiness but not so naughty that you can't bring your Granny! The evening is suitable for ages 18 to 80. Think Cirque de Soleil meets Magic Mike!

Doors: 7pm, show starts 7.30pm

Premium Stall Seating £23.50, all other seats £20

buy tickets in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020 (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Visit the Forbidden Nights website for further information.

Peter Pan

peter-pan-front-newWednesday 2 December - Sunday 27 December 2015

Shone Productions in association with Middleton Arena hope you can join us at Christmas for our Biggest, Brightest, Most Magical Pantomime yet, Peter Pan!

It's the tale all about the boy who refuses to grow up and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they visit the nursery of Wendy, John & Michael Darling. With a sprinkling of magical fairy dust watch in amazement as Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window and over London to Neverland. Will Peter Pan & his gang defeat the evil Captain Hook and rid Neverland of evil?

Well there is only one way to find out, So come and see this swashbuckling pantomime adventure with stunning scenery and lots of special effects, amazing costumes, fantastic music, hilarious jokes with lots of audience participation.

peter-pan-back-cover-webHook your tickets now, the crock is ticking!

Check Out Last Year's Record Breaking Cinderella Trailer

Ticket Prices:

Opening Night Offer - All Seats £10

Off Peak Performances: Adults £16, Children & Concessions £12 & Family Ticket- £48

Peak Performances: Adults £18, Children & Concessions £14 & Family Ticket £54

buy-tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

The Bradshaws in 'Goosed'

the bradshawsFriday 15 January 2016

'There's a danger of peace breaking out in the little two-up-two-down home of the Bradshaw's. But it cannot last. Audrey doesn't yet know Alf has pinched her club money and lost it on a lame horse at Doncaster. Alf doesn't yet know Audrey has volunteered him for a part in Billy's school panto. Billy doesn't yet know that the goose his dad brings home under the influence (his dad, not the goose) is not a pet. The plot thickens, and plots don't come much thicker than this!'

Times: Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm

Tickets: £19

buy-ticketsonline or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

The Dolly Parton Story

the-dolly-parton-storyFriday 5 February 2016

The Dolly Parton Story – featuring Andrea Pattison and the Partoners.

This show pays tribute to one of the greatest icons of popular music: Dolly Parton. The stunning vocals of Andrea Pattison are backed by an all live 4 piece band. You can expect to hear accurate versions of Dolly's most celebrated material, from her early Country classics such as "Coat of Many Colours" through to her later smash hits such as "Islands in the Stream" and "9 to 5".

To find out more about The Dolly Parton Story and to hear the band's recent recordings visit: www.dollypartonstory.com 

Time: 8pm

Tickets: Adults £16.50, Children £10.00.‎ Buy 10 get 2 free.

buy tickets online at Tickets.com or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Live American Wrestling

american-wrestling-2016Saturday 13 February 2016

A fantastic family show for all to enjoy. Cheer the Good Guys - Boo the Bad Guys.

All action family night - as seen on TV throughout the world.

Doors: 7pm, Show starts 7.30pm

Adults £12, Children £10, Family Tickets £36 prices held for a third successive year, great value!

buy tickets  online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

One And Only Direction

one-and-only-direction-webSunday 14 February 2016

'This is the jaw-dropping tribute band that will keep One Direction fans Up All Night' - The Sun Newspaper 10 May 2014

Formed following the phenomenal international success of the World's number one boy band, One And Only Direction have arrived to deliver the ultimate tribute experience.

The band's commitment to authenticity delivers high-energy replica stage shows that leave audiences roaring for more. Onlookers will be doing double-takes as the 1D doppelgängers command the stage performing the band's vast catalogue of worldwide smash hit songs - all with confidence, charisma, cheekiness and vocal performances that only One Direction themselves could rival. Their unsurpassed resemblance recently caused the band's Harry and Niall to bring part of Glasgow city centre to a standstill, as screaming fans mistook the lookalikes for the real deal and crowded them for photos and autographs.

Time: 2pm

Ticket Price: Adults £14, Children £12, Family of 4: £45.00 all children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

buy tickets online or in person at the Arena Box Office or ring 0844 855 4020. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)