Hope Mill Theatre

A new war time musical called Yank! will debut in the UK this spring at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

The UK premiere will be a four week run from 9th March until 8th April. Yank! has previously been performed off Broadway.

The musical will be directed by James Baker, and co-produced with Ben Millerman. The book and lyrics will be by David Zellnik and the music will be by Joseph Zellnik. 

Casting is yet to be announced. 


Yank! takes place during World War Two and tells the story of Stu, a scared Mid-Western man who is called to war in 1943. 

He later becomes a photographer for Yank Magazine - the journal ‘for and by the servicemen’. The musical explores his relationships with fellow Privates and what it is to both fall in love and struggle.

The show will start the 2017 season in the latest collaboration between Aria Entertainment and Manchester’s Hope Mill theatre.

More at Hope Mill Theatre 

Hope Mill Theatre will also host the Northern premiere of Pippin this year, in August and September. 

This will be followed in November with the UK premiere of the hit Broadway musical Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 novel.

Further history

Hope Mill Theatre opened in December 2015 and is located in the Grade II Listed Hope Mill and holds 120 seats.

The theatre is the creation of Joseph Houston and William Whelton who, after a career in theatre and living in London, were inspired by the highly regarded Off-West End Theatres and wanted to replicate it by forming a creative hub in Manchester. 

The five-storey mill is also home to writers, artists and designers.

For more information visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk.