Manchester Opera House has announced revised dates for the run of Sleeping Beauty at the venue, featuring Jason Manford.

After the announcement that Manchester is in Tier 3, Manchester Opera House and Qdos Entertainment have confirmed that the opening of the production will be delayed.

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The show will now begin on Thursday 24 December 2020, running until Sunday 10 January 2021.

Sheena Wrigley, Theatre Director of Manchester Palace & Opera House said: “Given the downward trend of the virus in the City, and the community’s campaign for the reduction of the Tier level at the next review, we continue to be hopeful that we can stage the show this Christmas, opening a little later than planned on 24 December.

“We thank all of our customers for their patience at this time as we work to get affected bookings rescheduled, and are also grateful The National Lottery for their continued support to enable the rescheduled performances to go ahead.”

The relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty will now take place on Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 1pm.  The performance has been specifically adapted to benefit those with autism, sensory and communication disorders, learning difficulties or anybody who would benefit from a more informal setting.

Organisers had previously confirmed that free tickets would be offered to NHS workers via a ballot, with that production now taking place on Wednesday 6 January at 1pm.

There have been no changes to the cast which includes Jodie Prenger as The Enchantress, Billy Pearce as King Billy, Eric Potts as The Queen, Jenny Gaynor as Carabosse, Louis Gaunt as The Prince and Sarah Goggin as Princess Beauty.