Award-winning directors, shows, theatre companies and the best of Manchester's emerging artists are showcased

HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT

JMK Award Winning director Liz Stevenson returns to the Exchange (after directing Barbarians at the Young Vic) to direct Alan Harris’ How My Light Is Spent, winner of the Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015.

Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At £1.20 a minute. How My Light Is Spent is an uplifting, wonderfully weird play about loneliness and hope.

24 April – 13 May
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THE SPACE BETWEEN US

The Space Between Us, created by Andy Barry and Christopher Owen, explores the space in which we exist and is a collaboration between the Royal Exchange Elders and Young Company.

It brings together an eclectic group of performers who play, move and speak together. How we are different, how we are the same and what does it mean to be human?

17 Feb – 19 Feb
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NOTHING

Following its sell-out run last summer the Young Company return with Nothing their stunning production of Janne Teller’s controversial novel adapted by Amanda Dalton and directed by Bryony Shanahan it runs in The Studio from

29 March – 1 April
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THE PEOPLE ARE SINGING

The People Are Singing is a brand-new play developed by award-winning UK playwright Lizzie Nunnery and Ukranian director Tamara Trunova, who have been brought together to collaborate as part of the World Stages project.

6 – 8 April
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BEARS

After a callout for the 2016 Hodgkiss Award, looking for a theatremakers who are inventive, urgent and unconstrained by pre-existing notions of what theatre can be we found winners, Powder Keg.

This Summer, after developing it with the Royal Exchange Theatre in the previous 12 months, they present their production Bears - a self-destructive, visceral excavation of our role in climate change. 

14 – 18 June
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CO:LAB FESTIVAL

The CO:LAB FESTIVAL will showcase the best work coming out of the Royal Exchange’s OPEN EXCHANGE, a network of over 800 local artists.

Expect the unexpected from the Collision Laboratory, as Manchester’s theatre makers curate a weeklong cross-arts exploration of embryonic ideas, new work, and installations.

From 17 July
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