Contact is Manchester’s pioneering theatre for explosive new performance – bringing together an unexpected mix of ideas, young people, artists, cultures, and experiences. With a varied programme combining local, international and national touring theatre, you can see the latest in new writing, hip-hop theatre, contemporary dance, music and visual arts.
A magnificent building alongside Salford Quays, inside you will find two stunning theatres alongside galleries showcasing artists of local, national and international renown. The Lyric (the largest stage in England outside London) and the more intimate Quays, offer a variety of performance from ballet, drama, opera, comedy music and family entertainment. The Lowry Galleries showcase changing exhibitions by one of Britain’s best loved artists, LS Lowry, as well as paintings, sculpture and photography from around the world.
A high-profile part of the UK’s theatre scene for over thirty years, the Royal Exchange attracts high calibre actors to perform in its varied, classy productions. The theatre is housed within a seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, suspended from marble pillars situated in the Great Hall of the Exchange. This unique design means all seats are less than nine metres from the circular stage giving views from all angles.