Manchester’s new arts centre HOME revealed it will be opening on the spring bank holiday weekend in May. The centre, which will be the new address for The Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company, will open with a world theatre premiere, an art exhibition and the launch of a new music and film project.
Situated on First Street in Manchester, the new £25m centre is currently being completed and will be the largest combined arts centre outside London. “Our opening will introduce audiences to new and extraordinary experiences of outstanding art and show off to the world just what is possible in our beautiful new building”, the centre’s chief executive Dave Moutrey said.
The shows announced to be premiered on its opening weekend include The Funfair, the Stockport playwright Simon Stephen’s new version of classic play Kasimir and Karoline.
Robin Richards of Dutch Uncles will be performing an original live score to accompany Hungarian-born director Pal Fejos’ film Lonesome, on the opening weekend’s Sunday 24th May.
The inception of the centre came after a merger of the Library Theatre Company and The Cornerhouse materialised. HOME will include 500 seat and 150 seat theatres, five cinema screens, a gallery space, digital production and broadcast facilities and a cafe bar plus a restaurant.
Manchester City Council’s culture and leisure executive member Rosa Battle said of the centre, “It marks the newest high profile addition to Manchester’s renowned cultural scene – a scene that brings with it huge economic benefits and is a big part of what makes the city a place that people want to live, work and invest in”.
TNT will update you with the latest at the centre, nearer the time of its opening.
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