The Producers – Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange's decision to stage The Producers as their Christmas show is a risky choice to make. Like most of Mel Brooks' work, it is unashamedly controversial. It satirically depicts the lengths that failing Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, will go to in order to make money. With his accountant, Leo Bloom, he comes to the realisation that... Continue Reading →

Queen Margaret – Royal Exchange Theatre

Queen Margaret is the first play in this year's Autumn/Winter season at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Margaret of Anjou appears in four of Shakespeare's history plays, including the immensely popular Richard III. She has more dialogue than any other female character in Shakespeare, even Rosalind. However, because her story is fragmented across several... Continue Reading →

Queens of the Coal Age – Royal Exchange Theatre

Britain in the 1980s was a period of civil unrest, political and industrial dispute. The most prominent of these was the Miners' Strike in 1984, where working-class mining communities protested against the closure of coal mines, which jeopardised hundreds of thousands of jobs, and an entire way of life. Violent scenes erupted as the police... Continue Reading →

Happy Days – Royal Exchange Theatre

Maxine Peake has a long affinity with Manchester's Royal Exchange theatre. She has appeared in several plays here over the years, most notably playing Hamlet and appearing in A Streetcar Named Desire. However, this is the first time I have ever been lucky enough to get tickets to see her live on stage. As she is such an... Continue Reading →

Three Sisters – Rash Dash Theatre

I remember working backstage on props at Northenden Players when we staged a production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters. I have to admit to taking an immediate dislike to the play as it was longwinded and basically revolved around philosophical deliberation and extensive dialogue and monologues. Having to watch this play time after time during rehearsals,... Continue Reading →

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