Manchester to remain in Tier 3: an update on our plans

We’re very disappointed that Manchester will remain in Tier 3, meaning that HOME will not reopen until the new year. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop bringing you HOME from home.

All remaining performances of Sh!t Actually will now be livestreamed – if you have a ticket our box office will contact you about your options, you don’t need to do anything. We also have our wonderful family Christmas show, Duckie by Le Gateau Chocolat, available online and on-demand until 3 Jan. And we’re pleased to be able to announce a collaboration with the Manchester Camerata, bringing you beautiful pieces performed by their orchestra in our building, providing a time for reflection, contemplation and joy. Look out for a special sneak preview of that project on 22 Dec.

We will also continue to curate films that you can watch online via our website, and you can experience some of this year’s exhibitions digitally, including Nick Burton’s Our Plague Year, Joy Yamusangie’s Blue Glass Fortunes, MSR FCJ’s Bubbling Pitch, Future 20’s Last Place on Earth and a retrospective of the Manchester Open Exhibition.

Theatres, cinemas and cultural venues across the country have made huge investments and ensuring they are Covid-safe. We feel strongly that keeping us closed denies people the benefits the arts bring to their mental and physical health and wellbeing, and prevents us from making a valuable economic contribution to the city. However, we remain committed to following Government guidelines as they are presented to us, and so we’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas, with the fervent hope that we will see you again in the New Year.