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In 2021, we opened our doors to the redeveloped building, transformed for the next generation of audiences and artists, laying the foundations for new experiences, careers and opportunities for young people. Scroll down to learn more!


We wouldn’t be where we are now without the generous support of our funders:

  • Arts Council England awarded Contact £3.85 million towards our £7.15 million redevelopment project. 
  • We secured significant funding from Manchester City Council, and help in kind from Manchester University and Bruntwood. 
  • We also received generous support from charitable trusts and foundations including the Foyle Foundation, the Granada Foundation, Wellcome Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Oglesby Charitable Trust.

Click here to see a full list of our brilliant supporters.


We built an artistically, commercially and environmentally sustainable theatre of the future. Contact has a proud history and a unique identity. This is reflected in the new building as it was in the old, remaining a place for young people to call home, and continuing to be a venue where audiences will encounter fresh, new works.


Contact is now open with new facilities that will enable the next generations of young artists to realise their ambitions, whilst creating a new destination arts venue on the Oxford Road corridor. Our new facilities include: 

  • New performance spaces fit for the 21st century 
  • A state-of-the-art new recording studio for our young people’s music projects 
  • An arts and health development space to help us inspire people to live and feel better through art and theatre 
  • New young enterprise offices for artists and cultural organisations to hire and work alongside us 

We’ve also opened a new café/bar that ensures that visitors have an enhanced experience when they come here. 


  • Images courtesy of Sheppard Robson (Architect) and Yuwei Zhang (Visualiser).
  • Co-Working Space - artist impression
  • Contact Theatre’s new interior fitout by Architects Sheppard Robson