What's On at 53two

At 53two we try to offer as diverse and exciting range of events as possible. These range from theatre productions, live music and quizzes, to corporate events, live podcasts, weddings, parties and more. 

We hold events both in the Bar area and the Theatre area. The buttons below will guide you to either listing. Our Live Music is every Thursday and alternates between Pianoke and guitarist Paul Hand. 

Above you will see a list of our upcoming events. Click on an image for more detail around them and a link to booking. Alternatively, check out the calendar opposite and search for a specific date.


If you have any questions about the events, please feel free to drop us a line. All events are fully accessible. Look out for specific listings for BSL interpreted events and events that also have Unwaged Tickets for sale. 





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He defeated The Governess on 'The Chase', made the 'Fifteen to One' grand final, came last on 'Supermarket Sweep'!


And now he writes questions for 'Mastermind'.

Join Dr. Q for a good time quiz at 53two the first Wednesday of every month.




8:30pm - 11:00pm


It's like karaoke, but with a piano!

Pop along and give us your best rendition of 'Gold', 'Lady Gaga' or 'Madame Thénardier' and make yourself the master of our house.

Don't sing? Sit back and sample some of Manchester's finest singers.

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13th September - 1st October 2022

Written by Joshua Chandos

Directed by Simon Naylor

This one act, two-hander will be brought to life by the venues Creative Director, Simon Naylor and represents the flagship of the work that 53two hope to continue to create for the next decade. The piece follows Kitty and David as their unlikely friendship blossoms. They realise that maybe they do have more in common than they first thought, bonding over a shared passion to fix the ever-growing immigration problems.

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NEW WORK - Art Exhibition

24th September - 5th October 2022

by Glen Palin

53two will be hosting a gallery of 'New Work' by Manchester based artist, Glen Palin. Funded by Arts Council England, Glen has mentoring and professional development in order to be able to access the art world as a Deaf artist.

Artwork to be displayed in the bar area, so pop in, grab a drink and check out the artistic works of Glen Palin.


Meet the artist: Sunday 2nd October, 2-3pm.
(BSL Interpreter & spoken English)


Glen Palin Art (@glenpalinart) • Instagram photos and videos



4th - 5th October 2022
Written by Nathan Scott-Dunn

Directed by Nathan Scott-Dunn & Sands St

The multi award-winning “1902” takes an access-all-areas approach to working-class life in Scotland, as we follow four young wannabe football hooligans in their quest to see Hibs win the Scottish Cup Final.

Set in a country riddled by failure in the sporting department, “1902” highlights the eternal hope that continues to radiate throughout Scotland, affecting sports fans and all aspects of life.


Grab a pal, grab a pint and get yourself along to see this electric piece of new writing.



7th October 2022
Written by Nicola Gardner

Directed by John Clark

After a successful track record since 2016 in bringing great theatre to sell-out audiences across the UK, we return to bring The Windrush Warriors to 53two on October 7th and to The Kings Arms, Salford on October 9th during Black History Month.

The Windrush Warriors follows the story of 4 African-Caribbean pensioners, children of the Windrush generation who find their peaceful retirements threatened by the government’s hostile environment. Are they not British citizens? They have to prove it damn quick otherwise they face the unthinkable - deportation to the unknown.



11th - 22nd October 2022


The return of a Manchester institution!


JB Shorts, MTA Winner 2018, returns with all the customary brilliance of 6 short plays, penned by TV writers and crafted into shape by directors and actors from across Greater Manchester.


If you haven’t been before, you need to!


Described by Paul Vallely of The Independent as ‘An evening of funny, gutsy and inventive theatre’, this two-week run has something for everyone - guaranteed. With over a decade of these twice-yearly smorgasbords of brilliance, the waiting is over, and the legends are back!

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NEWVEMBER - New Writing Festival 


Tickets - £0 - £10

Returning to the arches once again for 2022, NEWVEMBER provides an affordable platform for writers to share their writing with you. Creatives can choose one of three options to submit their work, each with their own specific framework and aims. 


Too often, scripts are scribbled down and never given a real chance of getting in front of an audience. It's usually too expensive, too difficult to find a suitable venue or writers simply can't find the right platform. For November, 53two  is given over to creatives at reduced cost, for them to show  their work to you, producers, directors and more, without the pressure of a 'full production'. 

Check out the full line up and get a whole month of theatre in your eyes from some of Manchester's newest and most exciting writers.  

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14th - 22nd December


Closing the year, 53two welcome Imaginality Productions and the world premiere of ‘Realms Of Glory.’


Set at Christmas 1940, to a toe-tapping score inspired by the golden age of wartime music, this brand-new musical tells the story of Lizzie, a munitions worker who is caught in the air raids of the Manchester Blitz. Trapped beneath the streets, she takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her life in Manchester; through her formative years, life with the lively locals and a whirlwind romance with her RAF pilot husband. However, all is not as it seems, and the show provides a heart-warming narrative on grief and fighting for second chances. 


Beneath the iconic brickwork of 53two’s 150-year-old arches, expect a Christmas tale like no other that will warm your cockles and fill your hearts.

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