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Hamlet – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: John Roberts When it was announced earlier in the year that Maxine Peake was to join the team at The Royal Exchange Theatre as an associate artist and that her first performance would be playing the titular rôle in one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies the word of mouth was nothing short of exciting. ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning 15th September 2014

History and choice seem to be the running themes through this weeks What's Hot choices. With plenty of theatre happening up and down the country we would love to know what you thought if you go and see any of these productions. Likewise if you think we have missed something off the list then again let us know in the ...

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NEWS: Greg Hersov takes final bow at Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre Artistic Director, Greg Hersov has announced he will step down at the end of the Spring Summer season after 27 years. He says: “I'm proud to have played a part in the Royal Exchange story for the past three decades. The Exchange is an amazing, magical space and is of huge importance to the theatre scene in ...

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Blindsided – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: May Mellstrom Playwright Simon Stephens may have enjoyed huge West End success with his recent adaptations of A Dolls House and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but he has still found the time to bring the world premiere of Blindsided to the Royal Exchange stage. This is Stephens’ fourth ...

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That Day We Sang – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Victoria Wood Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Having first encountered Victoria Wood’s nostalgic comedy drama two years ago at the Manchester International Festival. On a baking hot afternoon, and with an acid hangover (me, not the afternoon), it was the equivalent of collapsing in front of high quality Sunday night TV. Two years on, with some tweaking, ...

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The Masque Of Anarchy – Albert Hall, Manchester

Writer: Percy Bysshe Shelley Director: Sarah Frankcom Revieer: Brian Gorman [Rating:4.5] Closed to the public since 1969, Manchester’s Albert Hall is a superb venue for this staging of Shelley’s epic political poem ‘The Masque Of Anarchy’. A cavernous interior with a huge organ dominating the space created a quasi religious atmosphere – part cathedral, part football stadium. The relatively small ...

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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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Orpheus Descending – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:4.5] Orpheus Descending was first produced on Broadway in 1957 (the year in which it is set) where it enjoyed only modest success. Not anywhere near as well-known as Tennessee Williams’ more famous works, it is an interesting choice for a revival. The play is set in a small town in ...

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