Canal St VIP Card

Free WiFi at Taurus all customers with a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop will be able to connect to hi-speed Internet – free. order your drink or food from the bar and ask for a Wi-Fi access code.
Subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply

There is an archive of recent past events

You can find reviews of some events on our Press Page

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival July & Comedy Festival November

There is always something happening at Taurus.

Follow us on Twitter or Find us on Facebook for the latest news.

If you are promoting an event at Taurus, please make sure you forward details in good time to ensure inclusion on this web site.To speed things up, please send digital text (either word documents, or in the body of an email) and images as .jpgs.

A A Johnson

© A A Johnson

Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th November at 7.30pm.
Matinee at 3.00pm on Thursday 13th November.

John and Mark

Northern Outlet Theatre Company is pleased to announce their forthcoming double-bill which will be touring fringe venues in Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester this November.

JOHN AND MARK is a new play by George Gunby about a musical legend and his killer. Set in the cell of a New York maximum security prison, the play sees prisoner Mark David Chapman visited by John Lennon; the man he shot dead years earlier outside the Dakota building.  Within the confines of a prison cell the play offers an insight into the mind of the man who started off a fan and became a fanatic. Touching on issues of love, loss, faith and obsession, the play gives Lennon the opportunity to ask the question that has riddled millions of people across the world since December 8th 1980. 

The production sees Lee Joseph taking on the role of John Lennon. “For me, the play is about two complete strangers who are connected by one horrific moment - a very bloody brief encounter – which still haunts them. With George Gunby’s script we find a Lennon that the world has never known - a Lennon who is here to confront his killer. It’s about how they face their own personal demons”. Completing the cast is Matthew Howard-Norman, who will be making his professional debut in the role of Mark David Chapman and Tracy Gabbitas who will be playing The Woman.

The second play in the double-bill is the UK premiere of NAKED OLD MAN by Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal performed by Richard Sails, which follows the ageing playwright and co-writer of the film Tootsie, as he is joined for the evening by three of his closest friends, all of whom happen to be deceased. "I confess to being the eighty-two-year-old man”, says Murray in an accompanying note to the play, “and the three guests that come to share the evening with me are, even today, among my closest friends. What inspired me to write the play? A deep, emotional need, the only reason to write anything."

The double-bill is directed by Paul Blinkhorn.

John and Mark / Naked Old Man previews at Stanwix Theatre in Carlisle on 1st November before running at The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool (6th-8th November) and then moving on to Taurus Bar, Manchester (12th-13th November).   

Tickets: £9


Saturday, November 15 at 5:00pm - 1:00am
Nov 15 at 5:00pm to Nov 16 at 1:00am

M20 Collective present: LIVE in the village

M20 collective are happy to present to you this special live event with acts, from acoustic instrumental performances to vocal prowess and spoken word expression.

For the first time the M20 collective project will bring to the centre of the village uprising artists from South Manchester and beyond. Over the last year or so we have met many interesting and diverse artists and musicians that represent a fusion of sounds, styles and creativity in their skill and we cant wait to put them on in somewhere fresh and new.


Lucy Mae
Experiment soul and jazz outfit lead by the sweet, and rustic vocals of local songstress lucy mae.

jes stretton is one of manchester's most upcoming solo pop/soul artists, with powerful emotional vocals, and positive energy in her performance.

Troubadour's Grave:
Male folk rock duo encompassing soulful and gospel style vocals into an alternative live acoustic performance.

Rosalie 23:
This unique and elegant harpist delivers operatic soprano vocals that will chill your spine and sooth your soul.

Ask My Bull :
This exciting duo are an instrumental act that play with break beat, prog rock and jazz in a most impressive way.

Keisha Thompson AKA Shebekeke :
Soultress, actress and poetic performer keke will perform a range of acapella poems and tracks from her debut EP Abecedarian.

Male acoustic Neo-Soul duo with, Folk and Funky vibe.

Lauren Birtles (acoustic trio) :
RNCM session singer will be performing a powerful soul acoustic set including guitar and cajon, with a vocal prowess that will blow you away!

Cynthia's Periscope:
Experimental synth pop LIVE. Varying from the tender and melodic to the cathartic and brutal

MORE tba...

***Poets and spoken performers TBA***

Integrating with all communities is important and this event will be a great way of connecting music and arts enthusiasts from around manchester, in this wonderful space, the Taurus Bar Basement.

£2 Entry for the whole event.

Drinks offers will be available to all attendees:details TBC.

That's all for now... follow the discussion at #M20LITV

peace and love M20!


Monday 17th November at 8:00 pm.

Safe to sing with MLGC

Using singing to fight homophobia and reclaim our city after the horrific homophobic attack on 2 lads who sang songs from 'Wicked' on the tram.

The 'Safe to sing' event. has been Organised by the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus, for the LGBT community to express their outrage at homophobia and their solidarity to Jake and Jo who suffered the attack. It is proposed to sing on the trams and through Piccadilly Gardens, making our way to Canal Street, culminating here at Taurus Bar.

Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus Musical Director Loz Kaye said:

"All of Manchester has been horrified by this vicious attack. For us in the chorus it was all the more sad that it was the act of singing that sparked it.But the answer to hate has to be hope, support and asserting the right to love. That is what music and song gives.

As it says in the lyrics of the musical Wicked 'you can't pull me down'. Nobody is going to pull us down."

Please visit our Facebook page for the latest news on the event.

Please follow @MLGCOnline on Twitter and use our hashtag #SafeToSing

All are welcome,so please come and show your support for the boys and this vital issue.