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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The Engine Room Bar

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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 (The Southwark Playhouse, London), European Premiere of Little Women, World Premiere of Toyboy Diaries and Spring Awakening. Upcoming production include new British musical Return of the Soldier and UK Premiere of Pasek and Paul’s A Christmas Story.


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 kids theatre – 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 the newest up and coming writers of the North.

 As a venue we continue to produce a strong programme of musicals. Past shows include Parade, Hair (the vaults, london), YANK (Charing Cross Theatre), Pippin (Southwark Playhouse), Little Women, Toyboy Diaries, Spring Awakening.

Awards include; The Hospital Club Award for Theatre and Performance, The Stage Fringe Theatre of the Year, Manchester Theatre Award for Special Achievement, Northern Soul Award for best small theatre venue, Nomination for Peter Brook Empty Space Award and listed on the Stage 100 most influential.

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

 Come and relax in our Engine Room Bar area and take in all the beauty of this Grade II listed former cotton mill whilst you sample a selection of our hand picked craft beers, wines or a freshly prepared home-made stone bake pizza.


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 and private parties.

We can offer you a totally blank canvas to create your own bespoke wedding 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 taking bookings for Weddings  for 2019.

For more information on hire please contact



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 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.

Venue contact: 0161 275 9141 BOX OFFICE: 0333 012 4963