Stars from stage and screen descended on the New Adelphi Building to celebrate its official launch and perform in the New Adelphi Theatre!

In December 2017, the New Adelphi Building opened with a star-studded launch event which saw Peter Kay and Sian Gibson, both University of Salford alumni, officially opening the new £55 million building. The night began with speeches from the Car Share celebrities, before a showcase of renowned playwright Jim Cartwright’s work in Burning Bright – A Night Of Northern Stars.

The Media and Performance graduate Peter Kay said: “Both Sian and myself are incredibly proud to be invited to open this magnificent arts facility, and we’re excited to think of all of the creative work that will emerge from within it in the years to come.”

The night of performance consisted of monologues written by Jim Cartwright, highlighting northern talent from people such as Warren Brown, Beverley Callard, Julie Hesmondhalgh and even a performance from Jim himself!

Behind the scenes saw the University of Salford students, alongside staff, working hard to support the smooth running of the show, whilst also gaining hands-on experience of what it’s like to support and work in the theatre profession.

The Director of Performance for the University, Francis Piper, added: “Peter Kay is one of the most successful British comedians of modern times and is a truly inspirational figure to many, so it’s a real honour for him to return to the University.”

“This really was a night to celebrate powerful northern voices and it was incredibly exciting to see new work performed by Jim Cartwright – one of the most important British stage writers of the last three decades – on the same night.”

To see the New Adelphi Theatre’s photos of the night, click here.