A Royal Exchange Theatre and New Vic Theatre co-production

Queens of the Coal Age

★★★★★ Northern Soul ★★★★ The Sunday Times ★★★★ The Times

  • By Maxine Peake. Directed by Bryony Shanahan.
  • 28 June 2018 - 28 July 2018
  • The Theatre

This powerful play full of Northern wit is Associate Artist Maxine Peake’s first play for the Royal Exchange following the critically acclaimed, Beryl. 

“WE ARE WOMEN AGAINST PIT CLOSURES AND WE’RE OCCUPYING THIS PIT”

Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up.

Their bras stuffed with contraband, they take a tour of the pit and refuse to come up. Settling into the depths of the mine, making tissue roses and walking imaginary dogs, they face bribery and threats. But as they dig in, those up top start to realise these ladies are not for turning.

Queens of the Coal Age is the heartwarming and funny true story of four women taking a stand in the face of a changing world.

'I wrote QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE because I wanted to shine a light on Anne, Lesley, Elaine and Dot’s determination and bravery, Their ingenuity and passion. These FOUR extraordinary women did something... they took direct action. I didn’t want their protest to be forgotten I wanted to celebrate their efforts. Protest is more potent now than ever. To me it isn’t about clicking a mouse or ‘liking’ something, It’s about getting out there and facing your oppressors, being visible . It’s not always about winning the struggle, but it’s about stemming the flow. We need to show them that we are still here. We still have a fight in us and we won’t roll over, and The Queens are for me champions of that- FOUR fearless women who stood up to be counted.' Maxine Peake

The creative development of QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE has been generously supported by The Peter Henriques Foundation.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 28 June - Saturday 28 July 2018

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm
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    RUNNING TIME: Approx 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 20 minute interval

    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £17.00
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    SEASON TICKETS: Part of the Season Ticket Package
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    BOOK TICKETS: Book online or via the Box Office on 0161 833 9833. 

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Bryony Shanahan

    DESIGNER Georgia Lowe

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Elliot Griggs

    SOUND DESIGNER Pete Malkin

    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Jennifer Jackson

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Matt Hassall

    The creative development of QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE has been generously supported by The Peter Henriques Foundation.

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  • MEMBERS Q&A
    Join the cast of QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE in a Q&A

    Friday 20 July, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
    Tickets £5 - for members only
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    POST-SHOW DISCUSSION 
    After Thursday 19 July, following 7.30pm show. 
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  • Accessible Performances
  • BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 18 July, 7.30pm BOOK TICKETS

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 12 July, 7.30pm BOOK TICKETS

    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 17 July, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS

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    AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 14 July, 2.30pm BOOK TICKETS

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  • Anne

    KATE ANTHONY

    Des/ Ramsey/ James

    JOHN ELKINGTON

    Michael

    CONOR GLEAN

    Dot

    JANE HAZLEGROVE

    Lesley

    DANIELLE HENRY

    Elaine

    EVE ROBERTSON

  • ★★★★ 'FURIOUS, FUNNY & FULL OF FIRE' The Times

    ★★★★★ 'SIDE-SPLITTINGLY FUNNY' Northern Soul

    ★★★★ 'BIG-HEARTED' The Sunday Times

    'A FIERCE CRY FOR RECOGNITION' The Guardian

    'POIGNANY, POWERFUL AND FULL OF NORTHERN WIT' The Guardian

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