Category Royal Exchange

Theatre Review: SWEET CHARITY – Royal Exchange, Manchester

When SWEET CHARITY first premiered on Broadway in 1966, the musical defined a decade. Beginning with the hope and optimism of the 1960s and ending with the cynicism of the 1970’s, the production set new limitations for the characters in musicals, particularly women. 50 years later, the Tony-nominated musical has been revived in a brand new production by Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Based on the original screenplay by Federico Fellini, SWEET CHARITY tells the story of Charity Hope Vale...

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Theatre Review: BREAKING THE CODE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester


Intelligent, multi-layered and incredibly touching, BREAKING THE CODE explores the life and career of Alan Turing

Alan Turing’s story is certainly a fascinating one. In his mere 41 years, the British mathematician and pioneer of computer science not only helped to break the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II but also created one of the world’s first computer designs before his untimely suicide in 1954 following chemical castration for homosexual activity...

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Theatre Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

A Streetcar Named Desire - Royal Exchange

Maxine Peake as Blanche Dubois with Ben Batt as Stanley Kowalski. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Following their critically acclaimed productions of HAMLET and THE STRIKER, Royal Exchange’s Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom and Associate Artist Maxine Peake reunite for their take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.

Set in New Orleans, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a woman living on stories of a glamorous past whose rea...

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Theatre Review: LITTLE SISTER – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Little Sister at Royal Exchange Theatre

Dark, daring and incredibly dramatic, LITTLE SISTER is an innovative production which explores the themes of silence and survival

Following highly acclaimed performances of HUSBANDS & SONS, KING LEAR, THE NIGHT WATCH and THE MIGHTY WALZER, Royal Exchange close their spring/summer season with the world premiere of LITTLE SISTER, an innovative reinterpretation of a classic fairytale that is dark and daring.

Loosely based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale THE SIX SWANS which tells the story of a y...

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Theatre Review: The Mighty Walzer – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The Mighty Walzer Royal Exchange Theatre

Elliot Levey as Oliver Walzer in THE MIGHTY WALZER at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo: Jonathan Keenan

THE MIGHTY WALZER is a fresh and modern adaption of a great comic novel

Howard Jacobson’s semi-autobiographical comic novel THE MIGHTY WALZER, has been adapted into a new stage adaptation directed by Jonathan Humphreys.

Written by Jacobson in Australia in the 1990s, THE MIGHTY WALZER is a riotous Manchester tale of growing up, sex and ping pong...

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Theatre Review: BIRD – Royal Exchange, Manchester

BIRD at Royal Exchange Theatre

BIRD is an extremely bold play with excellent cast performances

BIRD, the winner of a Judges award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for playwriting, premiered at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre last night. Welsh writer Katherine Chandler brings us the story of Ava and Tash, two best friends fighting their way through the care system with only each other as support.

Ava (Georgia Henshaw), about to turn sixteen on the cusp of adulthood and about to become homeless, after three years of seperati...

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Theatre Review: THE NIGHT WATCH – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The Night Watch Royal Exchange Theatre

Compelling, thoughtful and theatrically inventive, THE NIGHT WATCH is a story of illicit love and everyday heroism

Sarah Waters’ captivating novel THE NIGHT WATCH has been adapted for the stage for the first time in a fantastic new production by the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Set in the late 1940s, THE NIGHT WATCH follows the stories of five people recovering from the chaos of war...

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Theatre Review: KING LEAR – Royal Exchange, Manchester

King Lear, Royal Exchange

Philip Whitchurch (Earl of Gloucester) & Don Warrington (King Lear) in KING LEAR.  © Jonathan Keenan

Hard-hitting, savage and incredibly intense, Talawa’s production of KING LEAR is a brutal and bloody tale of a family tearing each other apart

Following their groundbreaking production of Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS in 2013, Talawa Theatre Company and Artistic Director Michael Buffong return to the Royal Exchange with a new version of William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR.

The classic tragedy t...

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Theatre Review: HUSBANDS & SONS – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Husbands and Sons

Intense, gritty and powerful, Ann Marie Duff and Louise Brealey shine in HUSBANDS & SONS

Marianne Elliott makes a welcome return to the Royal Exchange with HUSBANDS & SONS, a major co-production with the National Theatre starring Anne-Marie Duff and Joe Armstrong.

Adapted for stage by the National Theatre’s Associate Director Ben Power, HUSBANDS & SONS interweaves three singular D H Lawrence plays (A COLLIER’S FRIDAY NIGHT, THE WIDOWING OF MRS HOLROYD and THE DAUGHTER IN LAW) into one standalon...

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THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER – Royal Exchange, Manchester

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Genevieve Barr and Arthur Hughes star in THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER. Image: Patrick Baldwin

THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER is an intimate portrait of loss, hurt and recovery

Following its premiere at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Jack Thorne’s new play THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER heads to Royal Exchange this week as part of a national tour. 

Directed by Amit Sharma, THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER tells the story of Phil and Alice, a young couple trying to understand their relationshi...

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