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 →

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. 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 – Royal Exchange Theatre (Studio)

I worked 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 long-winded and basically revolved around philosophical deliberation and extensive dialogue and monologues. However, Rash Dash Theatre's inventive retelling of Chekhov's play completely... Continue Reading →

Frankenstein – Royal Exchange Theatre

It has been exactly 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley's Gothic novel and since its publication, Frankenstein has become a cultural icon of the horror genre. Hammer Horror films and Hollywood are partly responsible for creating a cultural icon out of Shelley's novel, distorting the story and creating a lumbering, silent, giant monster... Continue Reading →

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