What’s On in Manchester – August 2019

Falling smack bang in-between the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter seasons, August is usually considered as a fallow month for theatre productions, as people flock to the Edinburgh Fringe for their theatre fix. In Manchester, there's no rest though, with plenty of great shows available throughout the month. Here are a handful of suggestions for what theatre... Continue Reading →

Miss Julie – Hope Mill Theatre

August Strindberg's Miss Julie has always been a controversial domestic drama. When written in 1888, it was deemed too shocking and theatres refused to stage it. An intense portrayal of a sexual encounter between a valet and his mistress, it is a provocative play with morally corrupt characters. Its unflinching realism and bitter scrutiny of... Continue Reading →

The Exonerated – Hope Mill Theatre

Since 1973, 165 people have been released from death row, with evidence of their innocence. The Exonerated tells the true stories of six of these people, wrongfully sentenced for up to 22 years on death row. The play is written by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, and is meticulously researched. Constructed from case files, interviews,... Continue Reading →

All I See Is You – Hope Mill Theatre

The world was outraged when Brunei announced that it would make homosexuality punishable by stoning to death. LGBTQ+ activists protested, pleading with leading global businesses to boycott dealings with Brunei companies. Thankfully, this led to the country deciding to reverse their decision. The headlines exposed the shocking number of countries where homosexuality is still criminalised,... Continue Reading →

Hamlet – Hope Mill Theatre

Over four centuries, Shakespeare's Hamlet has been performed on stage countless times. It is rare to find a production that defies tradition; one that feels different to the plethora of other Hamlets out there. Girl Gang Manchester and Unseemly Women collaborate together to bring an all-female version of Shakespeare's iconic play to Manchester's Hope Mill... Continue Reading →

Closer – Hope Mill Theatre

Patrick Marber's award-winning play Closer features such a strong script that it has been adapted into a film in 2004. Nominated for several Oscars, it also picked up some BAFTAs and Golden Globes along the way. Marber's magnificent script is the heart of the film and the stage play. Its intricate, interweaving plot focuses on four... Continue Reading →

Rags – Hope Mill Theatre

The Jewish community has been persecuted for centuries. Joseph Stein's, Rags, tells the story of Russian Jews in 1910, escaping persecution and massacre in their own country. They hope to find a better life in America, the land of opportunity. This revised edition by David Thompson combines Charles Strouse's musical score with Stephen Schwartz's lyrics.... Continue Reading →

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