Contact Theatre is Manchester, England’s provocative and innovative performance venue, and multi-disciplinary arts centre. Originally a traditional theatre, Contact relaunched in 1999 as a space specialising in producing work and providing opportunities for young people.
Contact Theatre is located in the heart of Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor between Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery, on the site that was originally the University Theatre (est. 1965).
Contact Theatre’s distinctive building was designed by architect Alan Short and Associates as part of the venue’s 1999 redesign. Arts Council England put up £4.5 million toward the building with the money being matched by English Partnerships and land donated from The University of Manchester. It is located on Devas Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, near the university’s departments of education and drama. The main 300-seat auditorium (Space 1) was refitted and an 70-seat studio (Space 2) was added in the newly built turret.
The nine huge stacks crowned with H-shaped chimney pots assist with the building’s natural ventilation.
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