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A Doll’s House – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Greg Hersov Reviewer: Jimmy Hardwick [Rating:4] When Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was first performed both its message and its denouement caused widespread shock and distress among critics and audiences. Indeed Ibsen bowed to intense pressure to write a more palatable ending for the German stage and much regretted that he had. Happily this ...

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The Red Hourglass – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Alan Bissett Director: Sacha Kyle Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] The concept of ‘The Red Hourglass’ is extremely clever. Five characters are trapped in a mysterious research facility, and each gives a short monologue on how they got there. And four of these characters just happen to be spiders. All these parts are performed with great aplomb by writer Alan ...

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Cannibals – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Rory Mullarkey Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4] Following the undeniable success of The Royal Exchange’s previous production, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, comes the first full-length play from the theatre’s former Pearson writer-in-resident, Rory Mullarkey. But will a play inspired by the problems of 1930s Russia be as popular as the Harper Lee classic? Our heroine in ‘Cannibals’ ...

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Three Birds – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Janice Okoh Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:3] A child’s take on heavy-weight topics is the Royal Exchange’s theme for this new season of plays in the main house and studio. With Scout winning hearts in To Kill a Mockingbird, Tanika breaks them in Three Birds. The play begins with cocky kids asserting themselves in the small flat ...

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London – Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating: 3] Simon Stephens is fast becoming one of our most popular playwrights and most successful exports from Stockport, Manchester. In 2012 alone he has had four of his plays premiered at the National, Lyric Hammersmith, Traverse and Young Vic. London is billed as a UK premiere and yet really it ...

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Pat Kirkwood is Angry – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Director: Lee Blakeley Musical Director &Pianist: James Holmes Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:4] Having first seen Jessica Walker perform at The Lowry earlier this year in The Girl I Left Behind Me, I had an inkling of what I should expect with tonight’s Opera North and Exchange offering, Pat Kirkwood is Angry. Kirkwood is played by Walker who, on leading us ...

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Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage with accounts from Sylvia Lancaster Director: Sarah Frankom &Susan Roberts Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:4] In August 2007 Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby were brutally attacked in a park in Bacup. They were hospitalised and 13 days later, Sophie died from her injuries. Flash forward to March and the award-winning Radio 4 drama, Black Roses, which ...

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The Country Wife – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Willian Wycherley Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating:4] The Country Wife is a bawdy, enjoyable, lewd, fabulous, farcical evening at the Royal Exchange, where the in-the-round structure serves to include the audience in the action and whip us up in langauge, intrigue and excitement of Wycherley’s play. The Country Wife is a play with several plots however, the ...

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