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NEWS: Royal Exchange add more performances for Peake’s Hamlet

Becoming the fastest selling show in over 10 years. The Royal Exchange’s forthcoming production of Hamlet starring Maxine Peake in the titular rôle has already sold 24,000 tickets. Sarah Frankom’s bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Tragedy has announced extra performances due to the huge demand for tickets and will see the production open on the 11th September and now run until 25th October. The run was originally due to end on 18th October.

This stripped back, fresh and fast-paced version, will see Maxine Peake create a Hamlet for now – a Hamlet for Manchester.

The cast also includes Claire Benedict as Player King; Gillian Bevan as Polonia; Jodie McNee as Rosencrantz; Barbara Marten as Gertrude; John Shrapnel as Claudius and the Ghost; Katie West as Ophelia and Ashley Zhangazha as Laertes. Thomas Arnold, Michelle Butterly, Dean Gregory, Tachia Newall, Peter Singh and Ben Stott. Members of the Royal Exchange’s Young Company will also be appearing as the Young Players.

The production is designed by Amanda Stoodley and music is composed by Alex Baranowski. The creative team is completed by Lee Curran (lighting), Peter Rice (sound), Imogen Knight (movement) and Kevin McCurdy (fights).

Tickets are available for the extra performances from today (Monday 1 September) from the Royal Exchange box office on 0161 833 9833 or on online at www.royalexchange.co.uk/hamlet




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