Theatre and Concert Visits

Theatre and Concert Visits

Contact: Margaret Hinde

Tel: 01565 872643



  • All bookings must be accompanied by a bookings form and a cheque made payable to Knutsford u3a. Please write the name of the performance or outing on the back of the cheque.
  • We will contact you only if your booking has not been successful. If you want confirmation that you have the places you want, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Usually your cheque will not be paid in until two weeks before the event.
  • If a performance is fully booked when we receive your cheque you will be informed and placed on the waiting list.
  • Priority will be given to u3a members. If you would like to bring someone who is not a member please put a note on the booking form to this effect and we will inform you if a place becomes available.
  • We hope to take bookings for the current performances at our general meetings but, as our outings are proving very popular we cannot guarantee the availability at the time of the meeting. In other words please book early to be sure of a place!
  • PLEASE use a separate booking form and a separate cheque (made payable to Knutsford u3a) for each performance and send to Mrs Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Great Warford, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR.

Saturday Matinée performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre

By Noël Coward
Saturday 13th January 2024
Cost, including transport, £50.00 pp
Coach departs the bus station at 1.00 pm prompt

Emma Rice’s smash-hit adaptation for the stage of Noël Coward’s much loved ‘Brief Encounter’, is directed by Sarah Frankcom, (who directed the popular production of ‘West Side Story’ at the Royal Exchange). This exciting musical is perfect for the Royal Exchange Christmas production.

‘A heart-stopping story of forbidden love that moves to the rhythm of beautiful songs, swaying dance moves, the odd cup of tea and a bath bun.’

Tickets for the above are available by sending your cheque for £50.00 pp, made out Knutsford U3A together with your booking form, to:

Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR.

Tel. 01565 872643

Remaining tickets will be on sale at the Members’ meeting on Thursday, November 9th. – but please be aware that winter matinées are very popular and my 50 tickets could sell out quite quickly!

The Eblana String Trio returns to Knutsford !

Friday 3rd November 2023 at 2.15 pm

Knutsford Methodist Church

Doors open 1.45 pm

Tickets £12.00 pp

Jonathan Martindale – Violin
Lucy Nolan – Viola
Peggy Nolan – Cello

We welcome the Eblana String Trio to Knutsford for another Afternoon Concert at Knutsford Methodist Church.

The centrepiece of the programme will be Mozart’s monumental Divertimento in E flat for String Trio, considered to be one of the greatest achievements in chamber music.  Alongside this the trio will perform Gerald Finzi’s evocative Prelude and Fugue for String Trio.

Jonathan Martindale is Associate Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Lucy and Peggy Nolan both lead busy freelance careers collaborating with chamber orchestras and ensembles across the region. Lucy is a Tutor of viola at the Royal Northern College of Music and Peggy is currently completing a PhD on the composer Luigi Boccherini.

You can find more information about the Eblana String Trio at:

Tickets for the concert cost £12 00 pp including a cup of tea and the opportunity to meet the musicians.

To reserve your tickets, please send your completed booking form together with an SAE for us to send you your tickets and also your cheque for £12.00 pp, made payable to Knutsford U3A, to

Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR.

Tel. 01565 872643.

Tickets will also be on sale at the Members’ meeting on Thursday 12th October and also on the door on the day.

Afternoon performance of

HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’ by candlelight




With the Manchester Camerata and the Kantos Chamber Choir

Cost, including transport, £38.00 pp

Coach departs 1.30 pm prompt 

I am sure that anyone who came to one of our previous visits to Gorton Monastery will remember what a lovely, atmospheric building it is.   Considered one of E.W. Pugin’s masterpieces of Victorian Gothic architecture, it is blessed with excellent acoustics.

Manchester Camerata are giving a Candlelit matinée performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in the grand nave of the Monastery, on Sunday, December 3rd.  The coach will leave Knutsford Bus Station promptly at 1.30 pm. This should surely be a memorable afternoon.

To purchase tickets, please send your completed application form together with your cheque for £38.00 pp, made payable to Knutsford U3A, to

Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR.
Tel. 01565 872643

Tickets will also be on sale at the Members’ meeting on Thursday, October 12th


Thursday, 14th December, 2023, 7:30 pm

Cost, including travel, £47.00

The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Coach departs the bus station 6 pm prompt

This five star hit show is based on the best-selling book by Yann Martel.    After winning five Olivier awards, conquering the West End and Broadway, this production comes to the Lowry on its first ever UK tour.   Jaw dropping visuals and world class puppetry combine to make a breath taking theatrical event.

You may recall the story:  After an epic storm in the Pacific, Pi is stranded on a life boat with four other survivors – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal Tiger!   It is an epic story of endurance and hope.

‘Everything about this production is amazing’   –  The Observer

‘The puppetry is out of this world’  –  Mail on Sunday

To reserve tickets for this production, please send your completed booking form and cheque for £47.00 pp made out to Knutsford U3A,  to

Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge, SK9 7TR. Tel. 01565 872643

Remaining tickets will also be on sale at the Members’ meeting, on Thursday, October 12th – the last opportunity to purchase tickets.



Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Cost, including coach travel,  £48.00 each

Coach departs 6.00 pm prompt.

I hope this will make for an exciting evening!   This is a fiery retelling of Shakespeare’s tragic love story.   As described by the theatre  :-

‘This contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet is a love letter to Manchester, a celebration of youth, love and aspiration.  A vision of hope in troubled times’
‘No matter how tragic it is, this love story still has immense hope in its heart’

Well, it worked for West Side Story, so hopefully it will work for The Exchange!

To make a booking, please send your cheque for £48.00 per person, made out to Knutsford U3A together with the booking form, to

Margaret Hinde, 1 Warford Hall Drive, Alderley Edge,  SK9 7TR

Tel. 01565 872643

Evening performance at The Palace Theatre, Manchester


Direct from the West End
Tuesday, 28th November 2023
Coach departs 5.45 pm prompt.


Cost per person, including transport to the theatre, £97.00.

You may well be aware that the sell-out musical ‘Hamilton’  is coming to the Palace Theatre this winter, direct from the West End. It has already received an impressive list of major awards.

‘Hamilton’ is the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today.

Some nights the best tickets are already fully sold. However, I have reserved 40 good, central stall seats, but, unsurprisingly, they are rather expensive!   Including the coach travel to the theatre they will be £97 each (but it’s cheaper than the Eurovision Song Contest! ). Less good seats were not much cheaper, so I decided to stick with good ones.




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