HOME’s New Open-Air Theatre In Manchester

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Friday 28th May will see the launch of Homeground by HOME, the new 400+ capacity covid safe location that will bring Mancs a new temporary outdoor venue including theatre, food, drink, shows, music, cabaret, and comedy. The temporary outdoor space will be located on a 80,000ft2 future development site on First Street, just behind HOME at the back of First Street.

There will be two musical productions reimagining some of the biggest literary classics of all time – including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice In WonderlandA Midsummer Night’s Dream will open on the 3rd June, running until 26th June, with Alice In Wonderland taking to the stage on 15th July and closing on 7th August.

On top of this there will also be partnerships with Frog & Bucket, local theatre Contact and Trans Creative, as well as music, cabaret, and comedy. Thanks to support from parteners, tickets have been promised to be affordable for all, with adult tickets costing £10 and tickets for children £5.

A second stage, The Manchester Stage, will feature DJ slots curated by DJ Paulette, and a Manchester Folk Festival takeover, among other free events.

Homeground also have you covered at this stage for all your food and drink needs, as stallholders including Black Market Espresso, Basilico pizza, Wolf to the Door cocktails and Tibetan Kitchen, have been confirmed.

This new temporary venture will allow for 450 new employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners, supporting the freelance economy which has been so badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

HOME’s director and CEO, Dave Moutrey, has commented “As we start to emerge from the strangest year many of us have ever experienced, arts and culture play a vital role in the recovery of the country. We all want to bring a sense of hope and joy back to our communities, and to provide more opportunities for an artistic freelance sector decimated by the pandemic.”

“And we want accessibility for all to be at the heart of this project, which is why there is a low-cost or free programme, as well as free performances for schools. People in our city, especially young people, have been deprived of live theatre for the past year – we want this to be a celebration of Manchester’s creativity and resilience.

“I’m delighted to announce Homeground, which will be a safe and enjoyable space for the people of Manchester to have fun, reconnect and celebrate the city’s artistic talent in all its forms.”

We’ll see you there!

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