Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Royal Exchange Theatre
With Maxine Peake
- 1 July 2015 - 1 August 2015
- The Theatre
…long before that, long before England was an idea, a country of snow and wolves where trees sang and birds talked and people knew we mattered.
In a broken world two friends meet an extraordinary creature. The Skriker is a shapeshifter. She can be an old woman, a child, a death portent. She is a faerie come from the Underworld to pursue and entrap them, through time and space, through this world and her own.
One of MIF 13s most electrifying moments was Maxine Peake’s and Sarah Frankcom’s presentation of Shelley’s Peterloo memorial, THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY performed just yards from the site of the massacre. Fresh from her leading role in HAMLET (2014), Royal Exchange Associate Artist Maxine Peake renews her partnership with Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, to play the title role in this landmark revival of Caryl Churchill’s extraordinary collision of ancient fairy story and portrait of a fractured England. This new version will feature specially commissioned music by Nico Muhly and Antony (Antony and the Johnsons).
"I'm hugely excited to be collaborating with the Manchester International Festival again, and this time to be staging it here at the Royal Exchange" Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director
Please note, ticket availability is limited. For availability it is best to call the Box Office (0161 833 9833). We will also be releasing 10 tickets (£15-£17) on B Row Second Gallery each day from 10.00am. These will be bookable firstly in person at the Box Office (as per Banquettes), then via the phones (01618339833) and lastly here online.
A SPECIAL ROYAL EXCHANGE EDITION OF THE SKRIKER PLAYTEXT IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE INFORMATION POINT FOR £7.50
THE SKRIKER is a Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester International Festival co-commission.
Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and takes place biennially, in Manchester, UK.
View the full Festival programme here
- Event Information
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 3 July - Saturday 1 August 2015
Previews: 1-3 July
Festival Dates: 4-18 July
Wed 1/7/15 7:30PM
Thu 2/7/15 7:30PM
Fri 3/7/15 7:30PM
Sat 4/7/15 8:00PM
Mon 6/7/15 7:30PM
Tue 7/7/15 7:30PM
Wed 8/7/15 7:30PM
Thu 9/7/15 7:30PM
Fri 10/7/15 7:30PM
Sat 11/7/15 8:00PM
Sun 12/7/15 2:30PM
Tue 14/7/15 7:30PM
Wed 15/7/15 7:30PM
Thu 16/7/15 7:30PM
Fri 17/7/15 7:30PM
Sat 18/7/15 2:30PM
Sat 18/7/15 8:00PM
Mon 20/7/15 7:30PM
Tue 21/7/15 7:30PM
Wed 22/7/15 7:30PM
Thu 23/7/15 7:30PM
Fri 24/7/15 7:30PM
Sat 25/7/15 8:00PM
Mon 27/7/15 7:30PM
Tue 28/7/15 7:30PM
Wed 29/7/15 7:30PM
Thu 30/7/15 7:30PM
Fri 31/7/15 7:30PM
Sat 1/8/15 8:00PM
TICKET PRICES: £15 - £45. £12 for Greater Manchester Residents on a lower wage
FOR CONCESSIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE DIRECTLY.
Please note, ticket availability is limited. For availability it is best to call the Box Office (0161 833 9833) as we will be releasing tickets upto 48 hours before each show. We will also be releasing 10 tickets (£15-£17) on B Row Second Gallery each day from 10.00am. These will be bookable firstly in person at the Box Office (as per Banquettes), then via the phones (01618339833) and lastly here online.
SEATING: Please note, stage level seats are unreserved
BOOK TICKETS: 0161 833 9833 / online.
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes (no interval)
AGE GUIDANCE: 14+
- Creative Team
WRITER Caryl Churchill
DIRECTOR Sarah Frankcom
DESIGNER Lizzie Clachan
CHOREOGRAPHER Imogen Knight
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jack Knowles
SOUND DESIGNER David McSeveney
COMPOSERS Nico Muhly and Antony
MUSICAL SUPERVISOR Stuart Overington
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Bryony Shanahan
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Alasdair Pidsley
ILLUSIONS Chris Fisher
- Related Events
BACK STAGE TOUR: Wednesday 15 July: 11am. Tickets £5 (including refreshments). Book on 0161 833 9833. More Information
BETWEEN THE LINES: Wednesday 15 July: 11am - 1pm. Play reading and discussion group to accompany the show. Come along and read, discuss or just listen. Tickets £6 per session. Book on 0161 833 9833 / online. More Information
- Accessible Performances
Captioned Performance: Thursday 16 July, 7.30pm. Seats will be on 2nd Gallery, Row A.
BSL-interpreted Performance: Friday 17 July, 7.30pm. Seats will be on 1st Gallery, Row B.
Audio-described Performance: Saturday 18 July, 2.30pm. Seats will be on 1st Gallery, Row A.
There will be £5 off the ticket price. Please book via Box Office 0161 833 9833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Watch animator Alice Dunseath’s arresting trailer for The Royal Exchange and Manchester International Festival’s new production of Caryl Churchill's The Skriker. Directed by Sarah Frankcom, with Maxine Peake in the lead role and music by Nico Muhly and Antony, tickets are still available until 1 August.