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FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020, WE PRESENT SARAH FRANKCOM'S FINAL SEASON - STUNNING NEW WRITING, FRESH IMAGINATION & A BOLD LOOK AT THE PAST

Spring Summer 2020 Season

This Spring/Summer season is an inspiring collection of work programmed under the leadership of former Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom. It embraces the energy and power of new writing, staging plays from established, award-winning writers alongside supporting early career playwrights to realise their work for the stage. Dynamic new directors, who are making waves across the industry, will create fresh and ambitious pieces of theatre for today, tackling both new plays and turning their attention to bold interpretations of classic texts. This spring/summer is a powerful and energetic programme of work for audiences in Manchester and beyond.

Artistic Directors Bryony Shanahan and Roy Alexander Weise said…
‘The season is a powerful reflection of everything the Exchange has become in the last five years under Sarah’s leadership. It champions the importance of new plays and the power the playwright has to redefine our stories, it encourages artists to make work at scale and it highlights how valuable it is to support the future of our industry, to be ambitious and brave in the work they make. We are very excited to support and celebrate this brilliant season while we work towards creating our own.’

 

Members priority booking opened on Thursday 14 November, 11am. 
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Season Ticket priority booking opened on Thursday 21 November, 11am
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Public Booking opened on Thursday 28 November, 11am. 
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12 March - 4 April 2020The Theatre.

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS  

By Winsome Pinnock. Directed by Miranda Cromwell.

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS is an astonishing new play from the award-winning playwright Winsome Pinnock. Winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award, this stunningly crafted play moves seamlessly between the past and the present and unveils the impact of Great Britain’s role in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Confronting an ugly history head on ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS is performed in the Royal Exchange, once one of the world’s largest cotton exchanges. This powerful play asks…who is it that gets to tell our stories?

Straight from the acclaimed Young Vic production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the exceptional director Miranda Cromwell brings this epic play to life. 

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5 June - 4 July 2020The Theatre.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE  

By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Atri Banerjee.

Alongside remounting WEST SIDE STORY, Stage Debut Award-winning director Atri Banerjee returns to the Exchange to direct a bold new interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical classic THE GLASS MENAGERIE.

This memory play pulls apart the complex dynamics of a suffocating family life, and shows how unpredictable, painful and volatile memory can be. 

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15 June - 4 July 2020. The Studio.

ELECTRIC ROSARY

By Tim Foley. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

A 2017 Bruntwood Award-winning play, Tim Foley’s ELECTRIC ROSARY is a funny and moving exploration of faith and humanity. Set in a time where nuns are scarce and robots are commonplace, this new play explores how artificial intelligence influences what we choose to believe in. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone, this is a play about what it means to be human. 

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9 July - 8 August 2020. The Theatre.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Directed by Bryony Shanahan.

Enchanting and brutal, chilling and beautiful, Jack Thorne’s adaptation of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is directed by Royal Exchange Joint Artistic Director Bryony Shanahan.

In a world where adults are failing them, two teenage outsiders are drawn to each other. Separated by centuries and rejected by society they find salvation in a unique friendship and their palpable need for someone to love.

This unforgettable vampire story has gained cult status across the world, it is a sharp and reflective coming-of-age story that asks its audience to recognise and value the humanity in us all. 

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16 July - 1 August 2020. The Studio.

OH MOTHER  

By RashDash

Having a baby is the Most Important Thing you can do. If you have one. If you don’t, something else can be the Most Important Thing. Following the award-winning THREE SISTERS, RashDash and their mums explore having and becoming mothers.

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DON'T FORGET... WEST SIDE STORY TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
- BUT ARE SELLING FAST!

18 APRIL - 30 MAY 2020

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(NOT PART OF THE SPRING SUMMER 2020 SEASON TICKET PACKAGE)

 

OUR STUDIO VISITNG SEASON IS NOW ANNOUNCED

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MEMBERS PRIORITY BOOKING OPEN FROM 11AM FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

PUBLIC BOOKING ONSALE FROM 11AM MONDAY 2 DECEMBER