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Manchester to get new theatre and arts venue

The news from the Autumn Statement with regards to a new theatre staff at Car Hire Manchester Airport including manager Anne can’t wait for it to open.

There will be a new theatre and arts venue called The Factory built in Manchester on the site of the former Granada TV studios, at a cost of £78 million.

It will hold up to 5,000 people and provide a permanent home for the Manchester International Festival. The plans were announced by Mr Osborne in his Autumn Statement on Wednesday. The venue is due to open by 2019.

A council statement predicted that the building would ‘play an integral part in helping Manchester and the north of England provide a genuine cultural counterbalance to London’.

It has risen out of the success of the biennial Manchester International Festival (MIF), which has to date staged major shows and innovative cultural events in existing venues or empty buildings.

MIF chairman Tom Bloxham said “As well as providing a new home base for MIF, it will commission and welcome innovative works from companies and artists around the world. Like MIF, it will attract groundbreaking and pioneering works which might not otherwise come to the north of England, or even the UK, and the concept is in many ways born from MIF.”

The news about The Factory comes as another major arts centre prepares to open less than a mile away. Home, which will include theatres, art galleries and cinema screens, will open next May at a cost of £25 million.

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