Know your theatre:
Manchester’s newest theatre is also one of its most inspiring.
Housed in a once semi-derelict Victor-ian mill in a back street in Ancoats, near Piccadilly Station, it is the brainchild of co-founders Joseph Houston and William Whelton.
Both worked as actors in London, but wanted to create their own theatre and decided it would be in the north.
Having found their unlikely venue they did much of the transformation work themselves, the result being a flexible
space seating up to 120, with a cafe and bar and some parking.
It’s all very friendly and personal, with the two artistic directors very much in evidence.
Hope Mill opened in 2015, specialising in original productions of lesser-known musicals, and has quickly become one of the most acclaimed independent venues in the country. Several shows have transferred to the London fringe, including Yank!, Hair and Aspects of Love, while on the home stage, plays and cabaret have now joined musicals. Both founders were recently named as two of British theatre's top 100 movers and shakers by The Stage.
Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester M4 7JA
Box office: 0333 012 4963 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), enquiries 0161 275 9141.
Tatty on the outside, eclectic on the inside, Hope Mill Theatre is open from 90 minutes before show time and as well as the 120-seat theatre (available for hire and as an increasingly popular wedding venue), has a small cafe/ restaurant with basic menus. See here for choices. All ground floor, so accessible.
Free parking (but see below) shared with other Hope Mill businesses, so spaces are subject to availability. On match and event days at the not-all-that nearby Etihad Stadium, car parking costs £5.
Online box office:
Go here for what's on and follow the show links for tickets.