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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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Review: Our Town, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Our Town, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play first performed in 1938 is an American classic – there’s always a production on somewhere.

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We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange Young Company, Royal Exchange, Manchester

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange Young Company, Royal Exchange, Manchester

The starting point for this Royal Exchange Young Company production, directed by Matt Hassall and created by the Manchester Theatre Award-winning company to note fifty years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, was the question “what is it to live in a world that denies you your most simple human right – to feel love, to share love and to be in love?”

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Review: Fatherland, Royal Exchange, Manchester International Festival

July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Fatherland, Royal Exchange, Manchester International Festival

In school, I was taught that the most convincing arguments address their own pitfalls before someone else raises them.

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Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester Photo Credit: Johan Persson/

Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s a line in this show that encapsulates both the successes and challenges of the production.

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Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

“It’s Middlemarch gone mad,” I heard someone say in the interval.

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Review: Breaking the Code, Royal Exchange, Manchester

November 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Breaking the Code, Royal Exchange, Manchester

When Hugh Whitemore’s play Breaking the Code made its debut back in 1986, its subject, mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, was still fairly obscure.

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Breaking the Code: we talk to Daniel Rigby about playing Alan Turing

October 25, 2016 Comments Off on Breaking the Code: we talk to Daniel Rigby about playing Alan Turing

In the summer of 1997, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre staged a new adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century comedy The Illusion, starring Trevor Baxter and Julia Sawalha. One entranced young audience member was 15 year-old Stockport lad Daniel Rigby who was making his first ever visit to the venue on a college outing.

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Review: Wish List, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 30, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Wish List, Royal Exchange, Manchester

When he announced Katherine Soper’s play as the winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting, judge Sir Nicholas Hytner hailed it as a work of “such eloquence, such quiet craft, such dignity and such compassion”.

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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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