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QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE - L-R Jane Hazlegrove (Dot) & Conor Glean (Michael)- image Keith Pattison

Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I have a confession.

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Theatre Review: Happy Days, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 6, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Happy Days, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Regular visitors to Manchester’s Royal Exchange will be familiar with seeing productions in the round, but Happy Days offers a new twist: a show in a mound in the round.

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RET Our Town Rehersals . Sarah Frankcom

“Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

October 3, 2017 Comments Off on “Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

I have an enduring memory of a production of King Lear. I think it was a school trip, probably because the play was on the curriculum.

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Ben Batt: meet the Wigan actor making a name for himself

September 20, 2016 Comments Off on Ben Batt: meet the Wigan actor making a name for himself

“I love the mentality behind it,” Ben Batt tells me.

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange, Manchester

It was a night to remember – and not just because of Maxine Peake’s scorching performance.

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Maxine Peake: “I am proud of being Northern”

September 3, 2016 Comments Off on Maxine Peake: “I am proud of being Northern”

When I was first starting out as a journalist, all fresh-faced, keen and not unlike an eager puppy desperate to please, an experienced hack gave me some invaluable advice. “When writing up an interview, start with the most interesting thing the person said.”

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The Skriker - Maxine Peake. Photo by Jonathan Keenan

Review: The Skriker, Manchester International Festival

July 7, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Skriker, Manchester International Festival

Maxine Peake’s artistic reunion with director Sarah Frankcom after The Masque Of Anarchy and Hamlet has, predictably, proved to be one of the hottest tickets at this year’s Manchester International Festival, although it’s worth noting that it continues at the Royal Exchange for a couple of weeks beyond the end of the Festival if you’re searching for tickets.

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The Falling

Carol Morley on The Falling

April 29, 2015 Comments Off on Carol Morley on The Falling

There’s a neat symmetry to the fact the Carol Morley’s new film The Falling is officially the first film to show at Manchester’s spanking-new arts venue, HOME.

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Maxine Peake in Hamlet film

Film Review: Maxine Peake as Hamlet

March 21, 2015 Comments Off on Film Review: Maxine Peake as Hamlet

One of the hottest theatre tickets of the last few years has been Maxine Peake as Hamlet at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

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Maxine Peake talks to Northern Soul

October 6, 2014 Comments Off on Maxine Peake talks to Northern Soul

Months ago, when the news that Maxine Peake was going to play Hamlet had just gone public, I asked her, in so many words, ‘”why?”.

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