Following our record breaking success with HAMLET – the company’s fastest selling show in a decade – and a big jump in the total number of people seeing our shows, we are delighted to announce our brand new season.

The season launches with Jo Clifford’s stripped-back, contemporary adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel ANNA KARENINA, directed by Olivier-nominated Ellen McDougall. Anna is the envy of St. Petersburg society. Glamorous and admired, but locked in a loveless marriage, her sudden and passionate love affair with Count Vronsky turns her world on its head and puts at risk everything she has ever known.

ANNA KARENINA is a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and plays in The Theatre from Thursday 19 March - Saturday 2 May.

Playing alongside ANNA KARENINA is a 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner THE ROLLING STONE by Chris Urch. This world premiere tells a very different story of lovers at odds with society. Dembe and Sam have been seeing each other for a while. But they’re gay and this is Uganda, and the consequences of their relationship being discovered will be violent and explosive.

The World Premiere of the THE ROLLING STONE plays in The Theatre in repertoire with ANNA KARENINA. It will run from Tuesday 21 April - Friday 1 May.

The season continues with a blisteringly funny reboot of Arnold Ridley’s THE GHOST TRAIN. The production is presented in association with the internationally acclaimed Told by an Idiot who bring their trademark theatrical invention to this classic ghost story. A group of passengers are left stranded at a remote railway station, facing the prospect of a night in the waiting room. But when the old stationmaster warns them about the phantom train that haunts the tracks after dark, the evening starts to take one chilling turn after another.

THE GHOST TRAIN is a co-production with Told by an Idiot and plays in The Theatre from Thursday 14 May to Saturday 20 June.

In The Studio and included in the 4-part season ticket is the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Winner - YEN by Anna Jordan – which explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.

The World Premiere of YEN plays in The Studio from Wednesday 18 February to Saturday 7 March.

The new season will also see the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester International Festival collaborate on a new piece of theatre for MIF15. It will be staged in The Theatre from Friday 3 July to Saturday 1 August 2015. More details will be announced in 2015.


BOOK 4 SHOWS (including YEN) and save 20% on your tickets! 

Becoming a Season Ticket Holder, you’ll also benefit from the Priority Booking Period before Public Booking opens on Monday 24 November; plus a priority booking period for the Manchester International Festival 2015 collaboration. 

Call our Season Booking line on 0161 832 0943 now to secure your tickets or download the booking form pdf here .

The Season Ticket Holder, the priority booking period will begin on Monday 10 November before Public Booking opens on 24 November.


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