Hope Mill Theatre


Welcome to Hope Mill Theatre

An Award-winning theatre venue based in Hope Mill in Ancoats

“A factory of creativity”

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We’re located in Hope Mill, Ancoats.

113 Pollard Street, M4 7JA


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.


Joseph and William joined forces with Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment to spear head the venue as a home for new musicals, musical premieres and musical revivals. Lipson is now Resident Producer and Co-Artistic Director for all in house productions. Past productions include; Parade, Hair (which is currently running at The Vaults Theatre, London), European Premiere of YANK! (which ran at The Charing Cross Theatre, London in July 2017), Pippin (which transfers to The Southwark Playhouse, London) and currently running The European Premiere of Little Women.


Hope Mill Theatre – A Factory of Creativity

As a venue, one of our main aims is to bring new and exciting theatre to the audiences of Manchester, with a focus on producing quality Musical Theatre. So whether you like comedy, opera, drama or pantomime – there’s something for everyone here at Hope Mill!

We are proud to provide a platform for up and coming Manchester based theatre companies and recently launched ‘Powerhouse Plays’ – a programme which aims to showcase new writing from Northern writers.

We are also proud to continue to produce a strong programme of musicals, with a particular focus on musicals which have never been performed in Manchester before! Last year, our productions of ‘Parade’ and ‘Hair’ were nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award and the MEN City Life Award respectively, and we start this year with the European premiere of the Off-Broadway hit, ‘YANK!’.

We want you to enjoy your whole experience here so why not make an evening of it and join us in The Engine Room Cafe for dinner pre-show? Open before every show we serve pizzas, nachos, olives and a cheese board (subject to availability). All of these can be pre-ordered by calling us on 0161 275 9141.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Hope Studios

Hope Studios is an exciting new collaboration between Play With Fire Productions, Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment. We saw the need for accessible, quality rehearsal space for Manchester’s thriving creative scene.

For more information contact enquiries@hopestudios.co.uk.

The Engine Room Café and Bar

The Engine Room Cafe and Bar is now closed from Monday – Friday 12pm-4pm. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past two years!

It will still open before matinee performances and audience members for those performances will be contacted with opening times.

Customers who wish to book in person or over the phone will be able to do so between 3pm and 6pm, Tuesday – Friday.

At night our cosy bar area is the perfect place to enjoy a pre show drink with friends and sample some of our specially sourced wines and craft beers.

Café Opening Times: The cafe will open at 1pm before a 2.30pm performance and 6pm before a 7.30pm performance.


By Night

Our bar opens an hour and a half 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.

To pre order before your performance please call: 0161 275 9141

Weddings And Events

Hope Mill is the perfect venue for your special day. It offers a completely unique setting with all of 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 close to the heart of the city for weddings, corporate events 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.


We are now fully booked for Weddings and Events until 2019.

For more information on hire please contact



Drop Us a Line

 Free parking on site and free on street parking available – spaces are subject to availability and car park can become busy on match days at Etihad Stadium.

Phone – 0161 275 9141. Lines open from 3pm