This September the Royal Exchange Theatre celebrates 40 years of a remarkable exchange with its audiences. Since 1976 the Company has produced unforgettable drama made for a unique theatre in Manchester’s city centre. In 2016 the theatre was named Regional Theatre of the Year, and under the artistic leadership of Sarah Frankcom the Exchange looks towards a dynamic future. This summer Mark Dobson joins as the new Executive Director and a new brand identity marks the next stage for the theatre. An impassioned team of directors, designers, outstanding writers and formidable performers will deliver an ambitious mix of provocative theatre and new plays for an incredibly special year.
Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom said:
This season I cannot wait to get back into a rehearsal room with Maxine Peake as we explore the complexities of Blanche DuBois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Tennessee Williams paints beautiful characters but his plays also explode the notion of what theatre can be which is so exciting for our space. I’m thrilled to welcome Rob Hastie to the Exchange with his interpretation of a Manchester story in BREAKING THE CODE. Our seven new commissions for B!RTH have already started an international debate about inequality in healthcare and at Christmas SWEET CHARITY will push the boundaries of our physical space as we bring Broadway to Manchester. In our first co-production with Graeae, THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA, we create theatre in-the-round which is innovative in its accessibility, The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has unearthed some phenomenal voices and continues to be an invaluable platform for new playwrights to reflect the modern world, in our Studio Matthew Xia directs Katherine Soper’s debut play WISH LIST our 2015 Bruntwood Prize winner.
This season we continue to grow Open Exchange for emerging artists, we launch a new membership scheme and reinvent our volunteering programme so our audiences can be more involved. Our Young and Elders Companies continue to inspire us and the work we do in communities across Manchester is expanding as we cement relationships and develop new partnerships.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Royal Exchange this season.
Mark Dobson, the Exchange’s new Executive Director added:
I'm thrilled to be joining the Exchange at such a dynamic time in its development. The energy and vibrancy of the programme of work, both on and off the stage, is creating a momentum that is captivating audiences and is demonstrated through our many growing partnerships. Friends and supporters are the backbone of the theatre and today we launch a new membership scheme which offers even more exciting ways to get involved. This season we strengthen relationships with the Royal Court and Graeae and B!RTH develops our significant partnership with Bruntwood and creates new opportunities for work with the University of Manchester. We are also sincerely grateful to the talented team at Cheetham Bell who have created a new logo which captures our ambitions for the future. Here’s to the next forty years of the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
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