Hope Mill Theatre
Situated in an industrial estate on Pollard Street, Hope Mill Theatre has made a name for itself despite its back-street location and small beginnings.
Founders Joseph Houston and William Whelton spotted the site on a Gumtree post advertising storage space. They realised it had potential and began the process of transforming it into the gorgeous venue you see today.
Hope Street Theatre won Fringe Venue of the Year in 2018, and has been praised by the likes of Julie Hesmondhaigh for its work. It’s particularly known for its musicals; since it opened in 2015, it’s put on productions of Parade, Annie, Legally Blonde, The Wiz, and Passion to name a few.
It’s also well respected for its work with the local community. Half the places on its theatre school programme are free for local families, and they do school outreach programmes, workshops, free drama classes, and after-school clubs.
Clubs for adults include a community orchestra and an amateur dramatics group. You don’t need to live locally to get involved.
There’s a small restaurant in the theatre; head there for pizza and drinks before a show.