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Glee & Me

Written by Stuart Slade. Directed by Nimmo Ismail.

  • A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
  • 11 September 2021 - 30 October 2021
  • The Theatre
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'A VINAIGRETTE OF DESPAIR POURED OVER A SALAD OF JOY.'


Lola is 16-years old, sharp-witted and has with her whole life ahead of her - until she’s diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, that is. And what’s always made Lola unique is her brilliant mind – a mind that’s rapidly turning into useless mush…

Lola’s promised herself two things before she dies:  

1. She’s going to get All The Sex and  

2. She’ll definitively discover the Meaning of Life. 

GLEE & ME is Stuart Slade’s 2019 Bruntwood Judges Prize-Winning dark comedy, an unexpectedly optimistic portrayal of love and the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit. Directed by Nimmo Ismail and performed by Liv Hill, GLEE & ME is, as Lola would say, kind of like ‘a vinaigrette of despair poured over a salad of joy’.

  • Content warnings
  • Please note this show contains strong language. It includes the topic of cancer and references death.


All our autumn shows are operating at a reduced capacity. Each production will also retain 5 fully socially distanced shows. See 'Event Information' for more details.
  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre

    DATES: Saturday 11 September - Saturday 30 October 2021

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14 years+ due to adult language

    PLEASE NOTE: This production is likely to include flashing lights/strobe.

    TIMES (SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES ARE MARKED 'SD'):

    DAY DATE TIME(S)
    Saturday (preview)
    11 September 2021 19:30
    Monday (preview) 13 September 2021 19:30
    Tuesday (preview)
    14 September 2021 19:30 (SD)
    Thursday 16 September 2021 19:30
    Friday 17 September 2021 19:30
    Saturday 18 September 2021 14:30 (SD) & 19:30
    Monday 04 October 2021 19:30 (SD)
    Tuesday 05 October 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 06 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30
    Thursday 14 October 2021 19:30
    Friday 15 October 2021 19:30
    Saturday 16 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30 (SD)
    Monday 18 October 2021 19:30
    Tuesday 19 October 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 20 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30 (SD)
    Thursday 28 October 2021 19:30
    Friday 29 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30
    Saturday 30 October 2021 14:30

    RUNNING TIME: 1 hour & 35 minutes (with no internal)

    TICKET PRICES: Standard Tickets range from £10 - £32. Concessions available.

    BANQUETTE SEATING: Our £10 banquette seats will go on sale on the first day of the production, they will be available to buy online and are unreserved.

    BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online

    If you need assistance with booking your ticket, or have an issue that needs resolving, please contact our Visitor Experience Team

    When your booking is complete, you will receive two emails. The first email will be your Order Confirmation. The second email will contain your e-tickets. You'll need the e-tickets within this email to show upon entry to the Theatre. If you don't receive this email, you can check your online account and once logged in, scroll down to the option 'E-Tickets' and all your current and past e-tickets will be here. If your tickets aren't here or there is a problem downloading them, please contact our Visitor Experience Team.

    COVID GUIDANCE:

    • The majority of performances for GLEE & ME are taking place at 70% capacity in order to minimise contacts and offer seating options with more space.

    • Five performances will be fully socially distanced - these are marked SD above (Tue 14 Sep, Sat 18 Sep mat, Mon 4 Oct, Sat 16 Oct eve & Wed 20 Oct eve)

    • For the fully socially distanced performances, seating is arranged in clusters. These are groups of tickets containing a specific number of seats (1, 2, 3 or 4) next to each other in one row. Please choose where to sit based on the number of seats you need. 

    • Due to social distancing, there are no group discounts for in-person shows.

    • We ask all visitors to the theatre to wear masks inside the building (including during performances) unless exempt. Staff will continue to wear masks.

    • Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms, a positive test result or are required to isolate.

    • Full details of our Covid procedures can be found on the Visiting Us page.

    TICKET TERMS & CONDITIONS:

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  • Creative Team
  • WRITTEN BY: Stuart Slade

    DIRECTOR: Nimmo Ismail

    PERFORMED BY: Liv Hill

    DESIGNER: Anna Yates

    LX DESIGNER: Jess Bernberg

    SOUND DESIGNER: George Dennis

    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Chi-San Howard

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Maria Zemlinskaya

    CASTING DIRECTOR: Lotte Hines CDG

    CASTING ASSISTANT: Olivia Barr

    COMPANY STAGE MANAGER: Scott McDonald

    DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER: Sarah Barnes

    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Loren Raynor-Booth/Sarah Wardle

    PRODUCTION MANAGER: Dan Turner/Mark Distin-Webster

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  • THE MOUNTAINTOP
    25 September 2021 - 27 October 2021 

    RET Joint Artistic Directors Bryony Shanahan Roy Alexander Weise

    AN EPIC EMBRACE - WE’RE BACK AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU

     

  • Accessible Performances
  • ACCESS PERFORMANCES

    Relaxed = Saturday 18 September, 2.30pm (this is a socially distanced performance)

    Audio Described = Saturday 16 October, 2.30pm

    Captioned = Wednesday 20 October, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

    British Sign Language (BSL) = Thursday 28 October, 7.30pm

  • Lola

    Liv Hill

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