A cross-country partnership between a London arts producer and Manchester’s newest theatre space will be launched in May with a revival of the classic musical Parade.
Aria Entertainment, the producers behind new musical showcase From Page to Stage and recent productions of Seasons of Larson, Tommy, Jerry’s Girls and Marry Me a Little, has joined forces with the Hope Mill Theatre in the Ancoats area of Manchester, to help establish the venue as a place to showcase and revive musical theatre productions.
The powerful Tony Award-winning Parade has a book by Driving Miss Daisy writer Alfred Uhry and a score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For a New World, The Last Five Years, The Bridges Of Madison County).
The show, which will run for three weeks at the theatre from 13 May until 5 June, is intended to be the first in a series of collaborations between Aria and the Hope Mill Theatre which will include a production of the musical Hair and a workshop of a new musical.
The 120-seat Hope Mill Theatre opened in December last year and is part of a converted Grade II listed former cotton mill that also houses studios for writers, artists and designers, plus an events, cafe and bar.