With Manchester theatre and arts venues facing an uncertain future, we’ve decided to tweak our monthly round up of the best stage shows in the city to instead share advice regarding the best ways that we can help them continue doing what they do best. Below, you’ll find details on how you can show your support during this tricky time…

The Edge

You can support this theatre/arts centre in Chorlton by becoming an ‘Edge Mate’. A regular donation of £5 – £50 per month aids in their work to help the homeless, vulnerable adults, and young people get involved in the creative arts.

Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776

For £30 per year, you can become a HOME Member, which gives you priority booking for selected events, two free cinema tickets, discounts and more. Alternatively, from £7.50 per month, you can become a HOME Friend, which helps provide bursaries for young people taking part in theatre activities.

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Hope Mill Theatre

To help this grassroots venue makes its in-house productions, you can become a Member. There are of three different levels: £5, £25, and £50 per month, with increasing benefits. For £50, you can also purchase a year-long Gift Membership for a friend or loved one.

113 Pollard Street, Manchester, M4 7JA, Tel: 0161 275 9141
The Lowry

Becoming a Quay Patron (£250 per year), gets you many bonuses, including access to reserved seats and invitations to private gallery viewings. If you have even more cash to spare, there’s three other levels of membership with even greater perks.

Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ, Tel: 0343 208 6000

This self-described Radical Arts Centre is housed in a Victorian building in Hulme. The organisers are actively crowd funding to raise £50,000 to make much needed improvements to said building and its facilities.

Warwick Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5EU, Tel: 07387 369323
Royal Exchange

For as little as £5 per month, you can become a Member of the Royal Exchange Theatre and enjoy priority booking, exclusive discounts, receive a regular newsletter and access to VIP events. Three other tiers of membership (£10, £25, and £50) are also available.

St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH, Tel: 0161 833 9833

This mixed arts venue in Sale has a Family Club. For the low, low price of just £7.50 per family per year, you can receive invitations to exclusive events and also get discounted tickets for theatre shows, family films and an arts club.

1 Waterside, Sale, Trafford, M33 7ZF, Tel: 0161 912 5616

Based in Hulme, this charity arts and theatre venue offers a range of activities and shows for children and families. Monthly donations will be enhanced by Gift Aid and the Arts Council’s match scheme – and you’ll receive plenty of good stuff for yourself.

335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA, Tel: 0161 226 1912
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Mon 30 Mar 2020