Hope Mill Theatre presents

The Gap

9th February 20249th March 2024

A new play by award-winning Jim Cartwright (Little Voice, Road), starring Matthew Kelly and Denise Welch.

The audacious adventures of Walter and Corral,
He’s back up north, she’s still down south.
They haven’t seen each other for fifty years, not since their Soho days, back in the swinging ’60s. 
A chance phone call reunites them for one magical night and in next to no time, they’re back to their old tricks.

Matthew, following his successful West-End run of Noises Off, and Denise, making her return to the stage after many years come together as Walter and Corral for this strictly limited, intimate run.

Dates & Times

9th February – 9th March 2024


24 hours Priority Booking for Friends of the Theatre.

General on sale Saturday 8th July 11am


Relaxed performance 28th Feb 7.30pm

Custom Title
Suitable for ages 16 and over
Content Warning
Sexual References

Priority Booking – General On Sale Saturday 8th July, 11am

24 hours Priority Booking for Friends of the Theatre – Tickets will be available to book from 11am Saturday 8th July.
Want to become a Friend of the Theatre, visit our “Support Us” page.

“Dear Manchester,
I’m coming home and I can’t think of a better excuse to return than with actress Denise Welch and playwright Jim Cartwright.

Denise and I are to star in the world premiere of Jim’s brand new play, ‘The Gap’, at Manchester’s premier theatre, Hope Mill. It’s a funny, moving, exquisitely crafted play which will show off the superb talents of Denise Welch and I shall be showing off beside her all the way. Anthony Banks will direct. It’s a top team embarking on a top project at a top venue. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited. I’d love it if you could come and share it. 
Matthew Kelly off the Telly”

“I am so excited to be returning to my first love, theatre, working alongside the fantastic team at Hope Mill Theatre next year. 

To play opposite Matthew Kelly in a new Jim Cartwright play is a dream come true. 

I hope you’ll all come and see what I hope will be a great production.”

Denise Welch

Meet theCast and Creative team

Jim Cartwright


Anthony Banks


Matthew Kelly


Denise Welch


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