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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Amy Vreeke: Glowing at Contact
Comedy 18–22 October 2022, from £15.00

Amy Vreeke: Glowing at Contact

Helen Mort. Photo by Jonathan Pow
Literature 28 November 2022 7:00 pm, from £15.00

Forward Prizes at Contact and online

Things to do right now

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Cinema Until 29 September 2022, from £9.95

Crimes of the Future at HOME

Activity Until 30 September 2022, from £25.00

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mersey

Families Until 1 October 2022, from £13.00

Mrs Doubtfire at Manchester Opera House

MFDF 2022
Festivals Until 2 October 2022,

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2022

Cinema Until 3 October 2022, from £9.95

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

Music Until 5 October 2022, from £5.50

Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange
Theatre Until 8 October 2022, from £10.00

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

vegan super club
Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School