Contact Theatre

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
exterior of Contact Theatre building
Image courtesy of Contact Theatre

Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA – Visit Now

The £7m refurbishment of Contact was completed last summer, paving the way for a whole new run of theatre productions and performances in 2021. Following this major redevelopment, the iconic venue on Oxford Road will be reopening its doors and welcoming the public back into the building this autumn, for what promises to be an incredible reopening season.

Boasting new facilities and a phenomenal reopening programme of live performance, screenings, exhibitions and visual art, we’re thrilled that Contact is back to support and inspire the next generation of audiences and young artists.

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Contact Theatre’s new interior fit-out by Architects Sheppard Robson.

The new space houses a state-of-the-art recording studio, multiple performance and rehearsal spaces, and a dedicated, first-of-its-kind art and health area. The renovation has also improved the venue’s accessibility, upgraded the theatre and made the building more environmentally sustainable. The venue’s makeover was overseen by Con:Struct, a team of bright young sparks who were involved in the renovation from the start – a testament to Contact’s ethos of placing young people at the heart of its decision making.

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Manchester’s Indian street food heroes Chaat Cart.

Contact have also partnered with Chaat Cart, Manchester’s Indian street food heroes, who will be resident in the new building’s bar and café. So whether you’re picking up a pre-show dosa, enjoying drinks after the performance or relaxing with a coffee, they’ve got you covered.

Contact has always been the place for emerging theatre, dance, spoken word, hip hop and digital performance mash-ups, and we’re elated to see them back doing what they do best.

  • Oxford Road
  • Manchester
  • M15 6JA
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Sat: 3:00pm – 12:00am
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Services and Facilities

theatre, cafe/lounge bar


Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Private hire available

Things to do at Contact Theatre

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CYC: Everything All of the Time at Contact
Theatre 27 September 2021–17 May 2022

Contact Reopening Season

First Time at Contact
Theatre 30 November–4 December 2021, from £10.00

First Time at Contact

Pink Lemonade at Contact
Theatre 23–27 November 2021, from £5.00

Pink Lemonade at Contact

Ergon: The Wicked Problem
Theatre 3–6 November 2021, from £5.00

Ergon: The Wicked Problem at Contact

Peaceophobia at Q-Park First Street Car Park
Theatre 29 September–2 October 2021, from £5

Peaceophobia at Q-Park First Street Car Park

Black Gold Arts Festival 2021
Dance 19–29 October 2021, from £5.00

Black Gold Arts Festival 2021 with Contact