The Lowry

Salford, UK

The Lowry is set in Salford’s derelict docklands on the banks of the Manchester Shipping Canal, just one and a half miles from Manchester city center. This £105 million performing arts center is an engine for urban renewal. Since opening in 2000, this international landmark has received much attention for its striking design and wide range of performing and visual arts facilities. Sponsored by Salford’s visionary city council, and funded in large part by revenue from the National Lottery, The Lowry is named after one of Salford’s favorite sons: LS Lowry, the artist—known for his 20th century industrial landscapes. The Lowry contains the Lowry Galleries, restaurants, and retail outlets, an interactive Artworks Gallery for children, a 1,730-seat Lyric Theatre for touring opera, ballet, and musicals, and an adaptable courtyard theatre, which can seat between 280 and 473 depending on its configuration.

The Lowry
Credit: Len Grant, courtesy of The Lowry
Credit: Percy Dean, courtesy of The Lowry
Credit: Percy Dean, courtesy of The Lowry

The Lowry Trust and Salford City Council


Michael Wilford and Partners


Sandy Brown Associates


Touring performances, national and regional groups

Seat count

473, 1730

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Courtyard theatre, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre


Feasibilty study and design brief, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website

Credit: Ant Clausen
Credit: Len Grant, Courtesy of The Lowry
The Lowry
Credit: Ben Blackall, courtesy of The Lowry

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