The world premiere of Howard Jacobson’s hilarious and witty coming-of-age story THE MIGHTY WALZER has not only seen a flurry of fantastic reviews it has also gained a huge amount of support from donors, businesses and trusts across Greater Manchester.

The Royal Exchange has been producing an ambitious programme of work inspired by classic drama and new-writing for the past 40 years. As a registered charity each year the Theatre needs to fundraise over £800,000 to support the work it does both on and off the stage. For this Manchester based story the Exchange Development Team invited individuals, companies and trusts to work together to support this story of 1950s Manchester.


Manchester Airport, a long-standing supporter of the Theatre, came on board as the headline sponsors for THE MIGHTY WALZER and were followed by a group of like-minded people who recognise the intrinsic value of arts and culture for the city. Keen to support this local story patrons include The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, Ben & Maggie Caldwell, The Eventhall Charitable Trust and the Jack Livingstone Charitable Trust. Production supporters include Derek & Barbara Calrow, Frank & Cherryl Cohen, John Kennedy CBE, The Sciama Family, Rochelle & Maurice Miller, The Walshaw Family plus an anonymous donor.

Exchange Development Director Val Young said
‘It has been fantastic to see that there is so much enthusiasm to support the development of this brand new play in Manchester. Creating this supporters group has meant that we can provide an up-close-and-personal relationship with a specific work for our funders. Supporters have the opportunity to meet the cast, attend the press night and to see behind the scenes as the play develops from page to stage. It also means we can help our supporters make connections with each other in a really creative environment. The Mighty Walzer Supporter Group have made an invaluable contribution to the theatre and I look forward to developing more partnerships like this in the future.’