Hope Mill Theatre is situated in the Grade II listed Hope Mill – a former cotton mill, in the heart of the city of Manchester. This 5 storey mill is home to a number of creative’s studios including writers, artists and designers and now home to Hope Mill Theatre, a 120 seat fringe venue and events space, with the Engine Room Café and Bar.
Hope Mill Theatre was the dream of couple Joseph Houston and William Whelton. After a career in theatre and time spent living in London, they were inspired by the highly regarded Off West End Theatres and smaller producing venues which dominate the London theatre scene. With this in mind and with the growing number of creatives living in Manchester and the ever evolving theatre culture, they set out to bring a brand new theatre experience to the people of Manchester.
Hope Mill Theatre is a 120 seat theatre offering a wide range of entertainment. From Musicals to Plays, Comedy to Live Music, this is a completely diverse space, featuring high apex roofs, a large performance space and access to a separate dressing room. The theatre is perfect for rehearsals, dance classes, workshops, productions, film showings, anyone looking for a truly unique space to showcase their work.
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Situated in the old engine room of the Mill and the heart of this Industrial building is the Engine Room Café and Bar. This space offers a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy our beautifully blended coffee and to sample some of our freshly prepared sandwiches and delicious in house baked goods. The engine room is the ideal space for creatives to meet and discuss their next project or if you’re on the go to pop in and grab a quick takeaway.
Open Mon – Fri 10am to 6pm and Sat 10am to 2pm
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Our bar opens 2 hours before each performance starts and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat from our evening menu.
We offer a selection of home made pizzas and lighter snacks including nachos and olives, which you can call in advance to pre order before the show or order on arrival up until half an hour before the performance starts. Alternatively, you can pre order and enjoy your food after the show.
Hope Mill is the perfect venue for your special day. It offers a completely unique setting dripping with all the character of a stunning Grade II listed Industrial Mill. Situated close to New Islington Metro (first stop after Piccadilly Station) and with free parking on site this is the ideal venue in the heart of the city for weddings, corporate events, art exhibitions and private parties.
We can offer you a totally blank canvas to create your own bespoke wedding or event that is personal to you and can hold up to 200 guests… So there really are no limits to what this space can bring to your special event.
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