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Part of Queer Contact Festival 2018

World premiere of a stunning new musical at Manchester's Palace Theatre.

Full of compassion, honesty and humour, Dancing Bear explores the struggle between faith, sexuality and gender identity.

A multi-talented cast (featuring Divina De Campo) deftly flip between catchy pop tunes and dramatic storytelling to create a feast for the heart and head.

Dancing Bear is a dizzying cabaret of contradictions: glamorous and unflinching, hilarious and heart-breaking, deeply personal and uplifting.

Please note – this show contains some full frontal nudity.

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This event takes place at the Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FT.
Box Office: 0844 871 3019
For group bookings please call: 0333 009 5390

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A Jamie Fletcher & Company and Contact co-production.

Supported using public funding through the National Lottery by Arts Council England.

Dancing Bear was commissioned by Contact and supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Yorkshire Dance, Live Art Bistro, LCI (Leeds Church Institute), Christian SeedBed Trust, chapelFM and Arts Council England.

Presented in association with The Palace Theatre.

  • Price
    £8.25 - £21.25 plus booking fees.
  • Venue

    Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FT.

  • Ages
    Over 16s.
  • Running
    80 minutes plus post-show discussion
  • Booking info

    BSL interpreted and audio described performances.

    Touch tours are available to book prior to the show.

    Post-show talk chaired by Jo Clifford (6 Feb) and Rebecca Root (7 Feb)

  • Genre
Date Time
Tuesday 6 February
The Palace Theatre, Manchester
8pm Sold out
Wednesday 7 February
The Palace Theatre, Manchester
8pm Sold out
  • Dancing Bear - a new musical