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A Royal Exchange Theatre and Headlong Co-Production

Mother Courage and Her Children

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  • By Bertolt Brecht. A new adaptation by Anna Jordan. With music composed by Jim Fortune
  • 8 February 2019 - 2 March 2019
  • The Theatre

A SHARP NEW VERSION OF BRECHT'S UNIVERSALLY CELEBRATED CLASSIC BY ANNA JORDAN, WHICH SEES THE RETURN OF JULIE HESMONDHALGH IN THE ICONIC TITLE ROLE

“Now spring awakes, and winter dies
The dead stay dead, the living rise
‘Cos if your breath and pulse ain’t gone
You stagger up and carry on.”

War rages over decades, but it’s business as usual for Mother Courage. She roams the grid from one army camp to another, her ragtag offspring in tow. Boots, beer, drugs, guns – anything a soldier desires can be bought off the back of MC’s cart. 

She’s determined to turn conflict into capital. But what will it cost her? 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Contains strong language, scenes of violence and sexual violence 


Julie Hesmondhalgh (THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES, WIT, BROADCHURCH) returns to the Royal Exchange as the tenacious Courage. Headlong Associate Director Amy Hodge directs Anna Jordan's (YEN, FREAK) new adaptation that brings Brecht’s universally celebrated classic bang up to date.

A Royal Exchange Theatre and Headlong co-production

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 8 February - Saturday 2 March 2019

    RUNNING TIME: Approx 2 hours 20 (including 20 minute interval)

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm. Half Price Previews - Friday 8 February, Saturday 9 February, Monday 11 February and Tuesday 12 February, all at 7.30pm. 
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    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £18.50
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    BOOK TICKETS: Book Online or call the Box Office on 0161 833 9833

    PLEASE NOTE: Contains strong language, scenes of violence and sexual violence 

  • Creative Team
  • MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
    By Bertolt Brecht
    A new adaptation by Anna Jordan
    With music composed by Jim Fortune

    DIRECTOR Amy Hodge 
    Twitter: @arahodge

    DESIGNER Joanna Scotcher

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Lizzie Powell

    SOUND DESIGNER Carolyn Downing

    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Raquel Meseguer

    MUSICAL DIRECTOR Jim Fortune

    ASSOCIATE MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Christian From

  • Related Events
  • MEMBERS Q&A
    Join the cast of MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN in a Q&A

    Friday 22 February, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
    Tickets £5 - for members only
    Book Tickets: 0161 833 9833 / online

    More Information about becoming a member 

    POST-SHOW DISCUSSION 
    Monday 25 February, following 7.30pm show. 
    No need to book tickets for the discussion.
    Book tickets to the performance

    THEATRE CLUB
    Like an informal, friendly book club, but for plays
    Saturday 2 March, 5.00pm - 6.30pm 
    Tickets are free but please book a ticket
    Book Tickets: 0161 833 9833 / online
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    INTRODUCING...
    Pre-show introduction to the play, led from the stage and featuring company members.
    Thursday 14 February, 10.30am - 12 noon - Book online
    Thursday 28 February, 10.30am - 12 noon - Book Online
    Tickets £6 / Concessions £4

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  • Accessible Performances
  • If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible, 

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at box.office@royalexchange.co.uk

    AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 23 February, 2.30pm

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Interpreter is Jan Guest. Wednesday 27 February, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Friday 22 February, 7.30pm BOOK TICKETS

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 26 February, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS

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    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available  - so do get in touch. 

  • Director Amy Hodge and Julie Hesmondhalgh give an insight into what can be expected from Anna Jordan's modern adaptation of Mother Courage.

    Julie Hesmondhalgh & Director Amy Hodge discuss the character of Mother Courage (played by Julie Hesmondhalgh)

  • Kattrin

    ROSE AYLING-ELLIS

    Swiss Cheese

    SIMEON BLAKE-HALL

    Yvette/ Woman

    HEDYDD DYLAN

    Eilif

    CONOR GLEAN

    Sergeant/ General/ Bloody Nose/ Man

    COLM GORMLEY

    Mother Courage

    JULIE HESMONDHALGH

    Minister

    KEVIN McMONAGLE

    Recruiter/ Armourer/ Clerk/ Fur Coat/ Yellow 1

    TACHIA NEWALL

    Actor Musician

    NICK PYNN

    Chef

    GUY RHYS

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