Artistic director Sarah Frankcom talks up through some of her personal highlights, biggest challenges, and some of the shows hitting the theatre in the coming months...

Since Sarah Frankcom took on the artistic directorship at the Royal Exchange, the Manchester theatre has picked up all manner of prestigious gongs, made a movie, broken box office records, and transferred two new plays to London. 

“In theatre, you’re always looking forward and don’t reflect enough, and to hear all the things we did in the past year made me want to lie down”.

“All of the things we’ve done have been high points. They’ve all been very meant; they’ve brought new audiences in and, for the most part, I would say they have also made audiences who have been coming here for a while renew their enthusiasm.” 

Read full article on the Manchester Evening News website 

So today, 19 February, sees the start of our new Spring/Summer season, and we kick off with a 5-star co-production straight from the National Theatre. BOOK TICKETS

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With a cast that includes Anne-Marie Duff (BAFTA nominated for both SHAMELESS and SUFFRAGETTE) and Joe Armstrong (MISS JULIE at the Royal Exchange) HUSBANDS & SONS is directed by former Royal Exchange Theatre Artistic Director Marianne Elliott (WAR HORSE, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME). ‘I know the Royal Exchange of old – I trained here if you like! It remains in my mind the greatest space for theatre and I’m extremely excited to be returning’ Marianne Elliott

HUSBANDS & SONS interweaves three of DH Lawrence’s greatest dramas together and introduces us to the wives, mothers and daughters trying to hold their families and souls together in the mining village of Eastwood. This show sold out at the National Theatre, and looks set to do the same here – so early booking is recommended.

★★★★★ 'PERFECT. Anne-Marie Duff is superb' The Times

★★★★★ ‘A MAGNIFICENT evening’ Independent

★★★★'INSPIRED. A compelling evening’ Daily Telegraph

★★★★ 'BRILLIANTLY original. GORGEOUS’ Time Out

★★★★ 'COMPELLING performances. Absorbing' Evening Standard

Tickets from £16 ~ 19 February - 19 March 2016
Running Time: Approx. 3 hours including one interval 
Box Office: 0161 833 9833 ~


Following the ground-breaking collaboration with ALL MY SONS, this critically acclaimed team take on Shakespeare’s classic drama in which families tear each other apart. Warrington is joined on stage by Philip Whitchurch as the Earl of Gloucester and Miltos Yerolemou as the Fool. Alfred Enoch, fresh from his role as Wes Gibbins in the award-winning ABC drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and his work on the Harry Potter films, makes his Royal Exchange debut as Edgar.

A co-production with Talawa Theatre Company and in association with Birmingham Repertory Company, KING LEAR is a brutal portrait of a man unravelling - pitted against his daughters, against nature and against the universe itself.

Tickets from £16. 1 April - 7 May 2016
Box Office: 0161 833 9833 ~

For full details of the Royal Exchange Theatre Spring Summer 2016 Season, go to What's On & Tickets, download the Brochure and sign up for our mailing list.