Statement – Covid19

In light of the governments latest advice to people to avoid non-essential contact including visiting theatres, we have had to make the difficult decision to close Hope Mill Theatre to the public with immediate effect. At this time we are not sure how long this closure will last.

This does mean that the current production of Zorro which we currently have programmed will sadly have to end its run. We would like to extend our deep regret and love to the full team at this difficult time.

Hope Mill Theatre has only been in operation just over 4 years and through the ups and downs of operating a small, independent venue we have faced many challenges but none so unsettling and dangerous as this.

The venue recently became a charity but receives no government or arts funding to allow us to operate. We rely solely on tickets sales and bar income to continue our work.

At this time our employees have to be our main priority and continuing to support them through this period of financial unrest.

All audience members who have booked tickets for upcoming productions, including the current Zorro, will be contacted regarding tickets purchases. As we are a small team this may take us a few days so please we ask you to bear with us.

We are constantly moved by the support of our loyal and supportive audiences and what is clear is that now more than ever we ask you to continue to support, not only our venue, but our beloved arts community as we move in to unknown territory.

William Whelton (Executive Director)
Joseph Houston (Artistic Director)
Factory of Creativity Board of Trustees

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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 in-house quality Musical Theatre.

With programming ranging from professional high-end musicals, to local independent theatre, we are proud to offer a range of entertainment in the heart of Manchester, with quality at the core.  We are also proud to provide a platform for up and coming Manchester-based theatre playwrights, programming a yearly ‘Powerhouse Plays’ initiative.

Recent winner: Fringe Venue of the Year at The Stage Awards, 2018.

Hope Mill Theatre is proudly supported by The Key Fund, providing financial support to social enterprises and/or companies who have traditionally been excluded.

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