We open the season with a brand new look at Arthur Miller's powerhouse classic THE CRUCIBLE. Written in the 50s when the insidious fear of communism gripped America, THE CRUCIBLE is a devastating portrayal of the human cost of tyranny and vengeance. Director Caroline Steinbeis (BRILLIANT ADVENTURES) returns to direct. '... it is with shock and awe that I am shown again how close we all stand to the abyss; how quickly a group of people are blasted apart by revenge, greed and teenage reverie, and all for that moment when we give in to our innermost desires.' - Caroline Steinbeis.

THE CRUCIBLE plays in the Theatre from Friday 18 September - Saturday 24 October 2015. BOOK TICKETS

Described by Simon Stephens (BLINDSIDED, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME) as "One of the most exciting experiences of a new play I've had in years...Alistair McDowall'sPOMONA took the theatre world by storm and we're thrilled to be bringing it home. Set in the Pomona district of Manchester, a man searches for his missing sister in this dark, disturbing drama. Directed by Ned Bennett, last here for the amazing YEN, and written by former Bruntwood winnerAlistair McDowall, this is one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the season.

Orange Tree Theatre presents POMONA in association with the National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre.  It plays in the Theatre from Thursday 19 October - Saturday 21 November 2015. BOOK TICKETS

This Christmas, follow us INTO THE WOODS with Stephen Sondheim's sideways look at the fairy tale world. INTO THE WOODS is a darkly comic exploration of our favourite fairy tales, and their power to delve into our innermost thoughts and desires. Our Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia makes his Royal Exchange Theatre directorial debut with this fresh reimagining of Sondheim's most enchanting musical.

INTO THE WOODS plays in the Theatre from Friday 4 December 2015 - Saturday 16 January 2016.  Please note there are no discounts for performances from 22 - 31 December inclusive.  If you would like to book to see the show on these dates, please note there will be an additional charge. BOOK TICKETS

We are delighted to announce the return of Julie Hesmondhalgh in Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT. She plays Vivian, who is undergoing aggressive treatment for an equally aggressive illness. 'WIT, the Royal Exchange and Julie Hesmondhalgh have one thing in common. A huge and palpable heart. The unique and thrilling immediacy of the theatre is a perfect match for Margaret Edson's beautiful story of grace and transformation. Throw Julie into the mix and you have a magical theatrical triumvirate. I am thrilled to be at its helm.' - Director, Raz Shaw.

WIT plays in the Theatre from Thursday 21 January - Saturday 13 February 2016. BOOK TICKETS

In The Studio we have Bruntwood Prize Winning play SO HERE WE ARE, written by Luke Norris. In a small seaside town, the members of a 5-a-side team mourn the death of one of their members. This play is an insight into what happens when childhood friendships are put under strain in adult life. This will be directed by Steven Atkinson, of the HighTide Festival, where it will play before coming to The Studio.

SO HERE WE ARE is a Royal Exchange Theatre and HighTide Festival Theatre co production, and will play in The Studio from Thursday 24 September - Saturday 10 October 2015. BOOK TICKETS