Life in Manchester

Manchester is one of the most creatively vibrant cities in the UK. It’s home to a vast number of historic theatres, contemporary performance spaces and cutting-edge film and technology hubs.

It’s a cultural nucleus with numerous creative strongholds, making it the perfect place to launch a career in artistic performance.


Creative city

Welcome to Manchester, one of the most creatively industrious cities in the UK.

A cultural melting pot, an official UNESCO City of Literature, home of Bluedot Festival, The Warehouse Project, The Chase Creative Consultancy and the artistic vibrancy of the famous Northern Quarter.

Manchester is a city whose creative growth rate is among the highest in the UK – come and be a part of it!

Find your stage

With too many historic staples to mention, Manchester’s entertainment and performance spaces are a haven for local talent and international touring artists alike.


Tony Wilson Place

Manchester's centre for contemporary theatre, film, art, music and more

The Palace Theatre
Oxford Street

One of the most prominent theatres in Manchester.

The Opera House
Quay Street

A 1,920-seater commercial touring theatre that plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a Christmas pantomime.

The Lowry
Salford Quays

A registered charity committed to using visual and performing arts to enrich people's lives.

Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street

Manchester's international concert venue, hosting over 280 performances a year.

Manchester International Festival

Creating performance spaces from theatres and art galleries, to live venues and car parks, Manchester International Festival is one of the most eclectic and exciting biennial multi-media events in the UK, and just one of numerous regular festival events happening in and around Manchester.

Living here

Greater Manchester is the UK’s third-largest city and is known to be a friendly and affordable place to live.

Locals are famed for their humour and a deep-rooted sense of pride that stems from the city’s industrious working-class heritage.

Combine this with world-class arts, digital media and creative scenes, plus a legendary reputation for nightclubbing and live music, and you’d be hard-pressed for reasons not to study here.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding Manchester student life or if you’d like more information on how to apply to ICTheatre, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 603 333 or email


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