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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Parliament Square – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jay Nuttall With Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre on the verge of announcing its shortlist for the 2017 Bruntwood Playwrighting Prize, it has taken two years for the fruits of one of the winners from 2015 to grace the main stage. James Fritz’s Parliament Square was, admittedly from the writer himself, hastily written before ...

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Wish List – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Katherine Soper Director: Matthew Xia   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If, as they say, courage is grace under pressure then Tamsin Carmody (Erin Doherty) must qualify as a heroine if not a saint. The early death of her mother not only messed up Tamsin’s educational opportunities it drove her brother Dean (Joseph Quinn), into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is now ...

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Night Watch – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Jodie McNee in The Night Watch

Writer: Sarah Waters Adaptor: Hattie Naylor Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The novel Night Watch, written by Sarah Waters, concerns a group of people who, in wartime Britain, are compelled to live in shadows: lesbians, failed suicides, conscientious objectors and women pregnant out of wedlock. Kay (Jodie McNee) a depressed former ambulance driver is helped to see herself in ...

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Yen – The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Hannah Hiett You might find a story like this on the front page of the Metro, any day of any week – a child does something so horrific, so evil, so adult that it defies belief. You might wonder, for a moment, “How was this possible - how did this child get so ...

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Scuttlers – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Rona Munro Director: Wils Wilson Reviewer: Hannah Hiett It's 1885 and the streets of Manchester are crackling with energy, youth and violence in Rona Munro’s brand new play, Scuttlers. Following hot on the heels of The James Plays, which has taken the theatre world by storm, Munro has found her niche in creating historical works that speak across centuries. ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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Orlando – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Virginia Woolf Adapter: Sarah Ruhl Score: Isobel Waller- Bridge Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After great success with a version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ director Max Webster returns to The Royal Exchange with another literary adaptation. ‘Orlando’, written by Virginia Woolf, is a novel in which fantastical events occur without any attempt at rationalisation. Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation, ...

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