The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ – Visit Now
After a troubled year for all of Greater Manchester’s cultural venues, The Lowry’s roadmap out of lockdown includes a range of exciting new exhibitions and events. Now that the government has given the go-ahead, the LS Lowry and Days Like These gallery exhibitions are running on Saturdays and Sundays until 29 August. The former displays the world’s largest public collection of paintings and drawings by LS Lowry, while Days Like These shares the stories of Salford in 2020 using paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by locals.
The theatre reopened on the 30 May, and upcoming shows include Him & Me – a dance extravaganza presented by Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice, coming to Manchester for one night only on 6 July.
Hot off the back of total sell-out runs at San Francisco Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Soho Theatre, multi-award-winning theatre company Police Cops return with their latest comedy blockbuster on 9 July. Gritty kitchen sink drama turns into a vampire-slaying horror epic in their Badass Be Thy Name – complete with a ’90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires that you can shake a stake at.
The safety measures that are now par for the course in venues across Manchester all apply at The Lowry – Track and Trace, sanitiser stations, temperature checks, limited capacity, increased cleaning schedules and so on. All designed to keep your visit as safe as possible. The retail shop will be open as normal, although there will be no catering available. School visits and large groups are also on hold for the time being.
The Lowry’s roadmap out of lockdown includes a range of exciting new exhibitions and events
With two theatres, galleries and a studio space, The Lowry ably combines the performing and visual arts. It holds and displays works from the world’s largest collection of work by the Old Trafford born artist, L.S. Lowry, although its galleries also have a changing programme of contemporary exhibitions with a new focus on digital arts. In addition to award-winning theatre, The Lowry hosts touring popular acts, classical, dance and opera.
Sitting opposite Media City (and just a stone’s throw from the Media City tram stop, making it easily accessible from the city centre), The Lowry boasts a decent café (with good options for kids), a highly-rated restaurant and terrace bar, plus shop. For kids, there are activity backpacks and a small, dedicated activity area within the galleries.
The key message is to book in advance to avoid disappointment and keep in mind that these changes are relatively minor. You can find more details about The Lowry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at thelowry.com/coronavirus
Admission ChargesFree (prices to performances vary)
Services and FacilitiesExhibitions, theatre, live music, food and drink, shop, comedy
Commercial and hire servicesVenue available for hire