On 20 July 1969, lunar landing module Eagle opened up onto the surface of the Moon. A few years later, on 15 September 1976, a different, rather larger module opened up on Manchester’s St Ann’s Square. The latter represented not quite so giant a leap, perhaps, but it was certainly a huge achievement and it’s come to have its own special cultural significance.

We want to thank everyone who has ever stepped into the theatre and has made this wonderful building what it is today.

Take a look at how the theatre became the magnificent structure you see today.