Theatre and Drama Trips & Tours to Manchester


The theatre scene in Manchester grows each year with more touring West End Shows plus also an increasingly good standard of standalone productions in the city. We offer a host of performance workshops for your school trip available across a range of styles to focus on a performance your groups is seeing. Combine your show and workshop with the plethora of attractions Manchester has to offer and have yourself a fantastic regional drama and performing arts school tour!   


Tour Day 1

Depart school and arrive in Manchester late morning, mid-day
Enjoy a performance workshop tailored to a style or show or your choice. Check into your accommodation
Enjoy a pre-theatre meal in a local restaurant before seeing your theatre production

Tour Day 2

Explore some free Manchester attractions such as Media City, the Imperial War Museum or the Lowry
Spend any remaining free time exploring the city centre, or perhaps stop at the Trafford Centre en-route back to school


Manchester has a number of good quality branded hostels and hotels which are suitable for school groups. These include the YHA, Premier Inns and Travel Lodges in easy reach of the city centre.

Study Visits

Manchester's Upcoming Performances

Performance Workshops with West End Workshops 

Run by experienced professionals, our wide range cover a variety of skills and in many cases can be focused on a performance you are seeing as part of your trip. Most workshops end with a Q&A with a West End/Touring cast member. We can happily create a workshop just for you, just ask us! (90 mins unless stated).

Note by Note: A unique experience ran by a West End Musical Director as the group learn to act through your choice of song, before performing it to a cast member from the show itself!

Song and Dance: Work with a pianist and cast member from a show you are seeing, and rehearse a song & choreography to match.

West End 101: A popular and versatile workshop. Students are taught, in a fun and relaxed environment, with skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they’re seeing.

Make a Scene: Work from a scripted scene from a chosen play, book or show, and learn to bring the text to life in a truthful, imaginative way. Explore acting methods, vocal techniques and character development designed to encourage bold and creative acting choices.

Theatre Improv: Perfect for fun and high energy groups! After physical and vocal warm ups, students stay active through team building and improvisational games designed to heighten focus, creativity and sensitivity to others.

Shakespeare 2000: Looking at imagery, tempo, timing, emphasis, body language and practical presentation this workshop will breathe life into scenes from the play students are seeing or studying

Stage Combat: Students will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography.  Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat

Audition Essentials: Work with a casting director to really enhance your interview techniques. (2 hours)

The Director's Chair: An interactive workshop focusing on textual analysis and stage craft, examining techniques for working with actors and staging scenes (3 hours).

Cultural Visits

Imperial War Museum North

IWM North is about people and their stories, about how lives have been and still are shaped by war and conflict.

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)

Be prepared to embark on a voyage of discovery exploring science, innovation and industry. The collection here documents 250 years of discoveries and innovation that began in Manchester and went on to influence the world. 

National Football Museum

Explore the world's finest collection of football artefacts and archives. 

The Manchester City Stadium and Club Tour

Go behind the scenes at the world's fastest growing football club. Discover the secrets of a spectacular stadium and the story of a much-loved football club.

Old Trafford Stadium 

You'll visit the Theatre of Dreams for a guided tour where your guide will show you the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, changing rooms and the players tunnel. Your visit will also include an educational session and free time in the museum and the megastore. 

BBC Tour at Media City UK

Media City is home to a host of BBC channels and programmes including Match of the Day, Blue Peter, BBC Breakfast, CBBC and BBC Sport. Take a behind the scenes tour here and walk in the footsteps of your favourite celebrities.