Category Royal Exchange

Theatre Review: A TASTE OF HONEY – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The cast of A TASTE OF HONEY. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Driven by its sublime staging and exceptional cast performance, A TASTE OF HONEY is a must-see.

5 out of 5 stars

When 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney wrote A TASTE OF HONEY in 1958, it sent shock waves through the world of theatre. It was a stinging dose of what would become known as “kitchen sink realism” and depicted a world many had not seen.

The Royal Exchange’s current production has lost none of that impact, and although the play is 66 years old, i...

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Theatre Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The cast of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Photo Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Driven by its immersive set and impressive cast performances, Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS delivers a fresh perspective on the classic novel.

4 out of 5 stars

Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS makes its third outing at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, following its debut in Watford a decade ago and a 2017 stint in Chicago.

Directed by Pooja Ghai, who originally played Krishna in the first product...

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Theatre Review: UNTITLED F*UK M*SS S**GON PLAY – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

UNTITLED F*CK M*SS S**GON PLAY. Photo Credit: ©The Other Richard

With its hilarious script and talented cast, Kimber Lee’s ‘UNTITLED F*UK M*SS S**GON PLAY is a scathing review of the western portrayal of Asian culture that’s not to be missed.

5 out of 5 stars

The winner of the inaugural Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019, International Award, Kimber Lee’s UNTITLED F*CK M*SS S**GON PLAY’s makes its powerful world premiere at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.

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Theatre Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The cast of Royal Exchange CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Brought to life by the sensational cast whose acting is as impeccable as their singing, Royal Exchange’s CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is not to be missed.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s Big Daddy’s birthday, and you’d be rude to miss it and the family drama that’s about to unveil. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ 1955 play, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, is brought to life by an exceptionally talented cast whose catty behaviour lives up to the title.

Big Daddy (PATRICK RO...

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Theatre Review: BEGINNING – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Erin Shanagher & Gerard Kearns in BEGINNING. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Raw, gritty, and honest, BEGINNING draws you in and pulls at your heartstrings with its relatable script and impeccable acting.

5 out of 5 stars

BEGINNING is a two-person show that is raw, gritty, and honest. Its intimacy draws you in and pulls at your heartstrings through the themes of love, loss and loneliness.

It’s the end of the night, and there are only two left standing...

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Theatre Review: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Rhian Blundell & Pete MacHale in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Appealing to both horror connoisseurs and the fainter of heart, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a love story with enough ‘bite’ to keep you on the edge of your seat.

4 out of 5 stars

International cult classic, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, makes its Manchester stage debut at the Royal Exchange Theatre this Halloween...

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Theatre Review: The Glass Menagerie – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

5 out of 5 stars

More than two years later, The Glass Menagerie finally takes to The Royal Exchange stage. With rehearsals due to start in March 2020, this adaptation of Tennessee William’s play was put on hold due to the dreaded Covid. But now, two years later the full team return with a play that is now only more poignant.

Tennessee Williams is known as one of the greatest American playwrights, his works include; A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer and another popular title, and previously adapte...

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Theatre Review: THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Joanne Thomson in THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART

Joanne Thomson in THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Oozing with wit, passion, seduction and sambucas, THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART is unlike any Christmas show you’ve seen before

5 out of 5 stars

Scottish folk songs collide with decadent karaoke in Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre new Christmas show, THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART.

The devilish offering from award-winning writer David Greig follows protagonist Prudencia Hart, a scholar of folklore who travels ...

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Theatre Review: GLEE & ME – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre

Liv Hill as Lola in GLEE & ME at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Delightful, despairing and downright hilarious, GLEE & ME captivates the audience with its fast-paced witty script and Liv Hall’s ferocious and heart-wrenching performance

5 out of 5 stars

On the anniversary of 45 glorious years of the Royal Exchange, GLEE & ME captivates the audience in this delightful, despairing and downright hilarious one-woman play.

Winner of the Judges Award in the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Stu...

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Theatre Review: BLOODY ELLE – A GIG MUSICAL – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lauryn Redding in BLOODY ELLE at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Pippa Rankin

Lauryn Redding in BLOODY ELLE at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Pippa Rankin

Best described as part play, part gig, and part musical, BLOODY ELLE is a heart-warming and belly-achingly funny show about falling in love for the very first time

4 out of 5 stars

Fifteen months after it closed its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre finally welcomes back audiences to its intimate in-the-round theatre, opening with a varied first season, including the world premiere of BLOO...

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