Macbeth – Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre are no strangers in allowing women to play Shakespeare's most famous characters. In 2014, they received critical acclaim when an androgynous Maxine Peake played Hamlet, although the central character remained male. In the first play of their Autumn/Winter season, the Royal Exchange have fully switched the gender of Macbeth, changing Shakespeare's... Continue Reading →

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 →

West Side Story – Royal Exchange Theatre

The inclusion of West Side Story to the Royal Exchange Theatre's Spring/Summer season is undeniably relevant to our current climate. With youths becoming increasingly dissociated in society and gang related knife crime increasing, the comparisons with this classic story become all too apparent. In the musical, loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the streets... Continue Reading →

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 →

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