Formed by the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, HOME is a place for curiosity seekers, for lovers of the dramatic, the digital and the deeply engaging; for radicals and reciprocators. The two theatre spaces are a platform for playful, daring, new and commissioned work. The five screens present independent, challenging, provocative film. The gallery is home to the very best in contemporary art. Home focuses on the ambitious and adventurous exploration of issues, emotions and destinations. Home's audiences are widely drawn from the local community, visitors, young people and the loyal followers of our two founding organisations. It is a centre for co-production, artistic creation and sharing. Home is dedicated to learning, for people of all ages. It's a place for new work and playful ideas; of festivals and commissions; of artists and of audience engagement.
Royal Exchange Theatre
The Royal Exchange Theatre is located in The Royal Exchange building, a grade II listed building located in the city centre of Manchester. The building was heavily damaged in the Manchester Blitz and in the 1996 Manchester bombing, and is the last of several buildings on the site historically used for commodities exchange, primarily but not exclusively of cotton and textiles.
The theatre has welcomed some of the finest actors in the UK to its stage, from Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave to Helen Mirren and Robert Lindsay. Both Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre long before they made it to the silver screen. In 2008, Sarah Frankcom was appointed Artistic Director. In 2014 she was joined on the creative team by Associate Artists Maxine Peake, Benji Reid and Chris Thorpe and Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia.
Contact is a major multi-disciplinary arts venue in Manchester. Originally a traditional theatre, Contact was rebranded in 1999 as a space specialising in producing work and providing opportunities for young people.
Contact's vision is a world where young people are empowered by creativity to become leaders in both the arts and their communities. Contact works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide life changing opportunities for the next generation of creative leaders, artists, and audiences. Their aim is to redefine theatre for the 21st Century, presenting and producing a diverse artistic programme in our building, surprising places, and virtual spaces.
Set in Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity, designed to reflect the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways, in its glass and metallic surfaces. The Lowry houses two main theatres and studio space for performing arts (1,730, 466 and 180 seats respectively) presenting a full range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children's shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy and gallery spaces (1,610 metres of floor space); showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions. A new international landmark, The Lowry is not just a venue, but a destination. The Lowry increases opportunities for social interaction within the community and generate a spirit of participation. Above all, it is an exciting and stimulating venue for education, recreation and creativity.
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is a performance space situated at the heart of the University of Manchester’s campus. The centre offers students a space in which to study and perform, as well as hosting many professional musicians, performers and authors. Presenting contemporary and classic theatre, music and comedy events, it holds a reading series that has in the past featured such as Martin Amis, Will Self and Clive James.
Situated at the heart of the oldest part of the university, the centre incorporates the 350-seat Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, the 150-seat John Thaw Studio Theatre and an electroacoustic music studio. The foyer’s use of light, open space and bold areas of colour blend with Alice Kettle's dynamic textile artwork, Red and Blue Movement in Three.