Maxine Peake in
In the New Orleans house of Stanley and Stella Kowalski, a visitor arrives. Debt has sunk the family home in Mississippi and Stella’s fragile sister Blanche is coming to stay.
As the summer heat floats up from the sidewalk and the liquor gets poured, Blanche invades her sister’s marriage and ignites a dark and violent conflict with the brooding and bullish Stanley.
Associate Artist Maxine Peake takes on the iconic role of Blanche DuBois, a woman living on stories of a glamorous past but frightened of what the future might hold.
Reunited with Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, following their critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet and The Skriker, the pair take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece.
"This is an earthquake of a play that lays bare the extremes and contradictions of being human: desire and love, truth and delusion, hope and despair. I’m thrilled that this production will build on my creative collaboration with Maxine Peake. She’s a rare and fearless actor. I am positive we will create something electrifying for our intimate and unique space." Sarah Frankcom, Director
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday 8 September - Saturday 15 October 2016
Standard tickets from £16.50
Half price previews from £5
Banquette tickets £10
BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online
Groups & schools booking
Due to high demand we no longer able to offer group discounted tickets for this production.
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
DIRECTOR Sarah Frankcom
DESIGNER Fly Davis
SOUND DESIGNER Peter Rice
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jack Knowles
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Polly Bennett
MEMBERS' CAST Q&A
Friday 14th October
Thursday 13th October (after 7.30pm performance)
Pre-show, talk based introduction
22 September - 10.30am-12pm
6 October - 10.30am-12pm
Playreading and Discussion
21 September - 11am-1pm
Talk about the work we stage at the Royal Exchange
13 October, 11am-12.30pm
Getting Started with Playwriting
14 September, 11am-1pm
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 1 October, 2.30pm
BSL PERFORMANCES: Tuesday 4 October, 7.30pm & Thursday 6 October, 2.30pm
CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 6 October, 7.30pm
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