Know your theatre:
There was a time in the Seventies when the Palace, on the corner of Oxford Road and Whitworth Street, was a sad, shambling place without much of a future. A chap named Bob Scott and his team poured millions into extending the stage-side area and restoring the Edwardian interior and today, several owners later, Ambas-sador Theatre Group acknowledges its position as the North's major first-run theatre.
Many of today's major musicals began their touring days here, and the Palace has played host to Houdini, Pavarotti, Nureyev, Nicholas Nickleby, Les Mis and hundreds more.
Still, this history-laden, 1955-seater looks (by common consent) like Manchester's biggest lavatory thanks to its horrible exterior tiles, and like all Edwardian theatres, is more concerned with selling drinks than disposing of their consequence...
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester M16FT
Box Office 0844 871 3019, Groups 0333 009 5390, Access bookings 0800 912 6971
The Palace is one of the ATG chain's major first-run theatres, playing host to the biggest names and touring shows. The mainly Edwardian interior is beautiful but can feel cramped, and has bars and a bistro but like all Edwardian venues, too few loos. There are also several nearby restaurants and cafes.
Some on-street parking - metered until 8pm, like most of the city - otherwise there is a large, multi-storey car park behind the theatre in Whitworth Street and a couple of ground car parks behind nearby buildings.
Online box office:
Go here and follow the link to your show.