The Lowry has confirmed details of its planned re-opening line-up.

In accordance with Step 3 of the ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ the Salford arts centre expects to re-start face-to-face performances week commencing Monday, 17 May - pending the final green light from government on Monday, 10 May.

The first show will be outdoor performances of the critically acclaimed production C-O-N-T-A-C-T at Salford Quays and in Manchester city centre. Delivered in partnership with Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions, it will run from Tuesday, 18 May to Sunday, 27 June.

From Saturday, 22 May, the galleries will re-open at weekends, with two exhibitions on offer: the permanent LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist and a physical display of the online Days Like These exhibition, which tells the story of Salfordians experiences of lockdown using paintings, photographs, films and poetry.

The first indoor, socially distanced performance will take place on Sunday, 30 May as comedian Michael Spicer brings The Room Next Door to the venue’s Lyric Theatre. Following this, Northern Ballet will present Dangerous Liaisons from Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 June.

The Lowry has also announced a major new show for 2022 – with Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables set to run from Tuesday, 29 March – Saturday, 23 April next year. Tickets go on-sale at 10am tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 March.

Commenting on the planned line-up, Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Words cannot express how excited we are to be putting plans in place for the re-opening of our building.

“I’m incredibly proud of the online and off-site activity we have delivered during the pandemic – and much of that style of delivery is here to stay for the future – but to be able to welcome people through our doors once again is an important and much-welcomed step in the right direction.”

Already announced for this Christmas, The Lowry will offer three hit shows: Stick Man (Tuesday, 30 November to Sunday, 9 January), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Wednesday, 8 December – Saturday, 15 January) and SIX (Tuesday, 14 December – Sunday, 9 January.)

During lockdown, The Lowry launched #LoveLowry - a virtual theatre, gallery and studio space that presents performances, artworks, exhibitions, tours, workshops, comment and blogs, curated by their creative team and special guest curators.