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2013–2014 Season

Opening up a world of great theatre...

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Iconic storie s, timeless co medy, contemporar y classics and family f un.

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Welcome to the last programme of work from the Library Theatre Company... ...before we and Cornerhouse become HOME, an exciting new city centre multi-arts organisation, scheduled to open in early 2015. I hope you’ll be delighted with the range of work on offer. In these times of cuts to arts and education budgets, it seems only too timely to revive Willy Russell’s glorious comedy about the transforming power of culture, Educating Rita. And following their huge success directing and designing Arabian Nights, it’s great that Amy Leach and Hayley Grindle are returning at Christmas for Wanted! Robin Hood, Charles Way’s cracking new version of the legend. Before that, in June, we’ll be producing the third of our trilogy of works in found spaces and this one is the most adventurous yet. At a secret location in the city centre, audiences at Manchester Sound: The Massacre will witness a remarkable collision between a Summer of Love rave and the Peterloo Massacre. After working with The Lowry again to produce another re:play Festival I will be directing my last production for the company before stepping down as Artistic Director. We haven’t produced Chekhov for well over 30 years but when Anya Reiss’s wonderful new version of The Seagull appeared last year it was an irresistible choice. My successor, Walter Meierjohann, joins us shortly to start work on the programme for HOME, and he will bring a fresh and exciting vision and perspective to the company’s future. I’ve had a terrific time leading the Library Theatre Company and I thank you all for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great adventure and an enormous pleasure putting on plays for you.

Chris Honer Artistic Director



Manchester Sound: The Massacre

06–07 Educating Rita


10–11 The Seagull


Wanted! Robin Hood

13 14 15

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re:play Festival

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MANCHESTER SOUND: THE MASSACRE SAT 8 JUNE – sat 6 JULY 2013 SECRET CITY CENTRE LOCATION WRITTEN BY POLLY WISEMAN Directed by PAUL JEPSON Two of Manchester’s most iconic eras are about to collide in Manchester Sound: The Massacre – and you’re on the guest list. In an underground club in Manchester, two groups of idealists meet. Both are looking for utopia, or, at the very least, something like euphoria. Both are being hounded by the law. And both are hoping for the night of their lives. They just happen to come from different centuries… This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – from the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the late 80s acid house scene, through to today. Cultures clash as fateful protest meets party central in a rich mix of tunes and ecstasy, life-changing conversations and powerful images. How highly do we value our freedom? What is the price of our dreams? And no matter how hard the times we live in, can we afford not to fight for them? When everything has collapsed, maybe it’s only the dreamers who can build the world anew…

Performances & Tickets Reduced price previews Sat 8 & Mon 10 Jun 7.30pm £15 Mon – Wed evenings 7.30pm £22 Concessions (Mon – Wed only) £18 Thu 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 6pm £24 Fri & Sat 9pm £26 Groups of 6 + £1 off each ticket BSL Wed 19 Jun & Tue 2 Jul 7.30pm

Manchester Sound: The Massacre, staged in a secret city centre venue, takes you deep into the world of the illegal rave parties of Manchester’s second Summer of Love. Melding eye-witness accounts of Peterloo with the experiences of acid house party veterans, it’s a dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of immersive site specific theatre experiences. Contains strong language and references to drug use. May contain smoking.

Box Office: 0161 200 1500

Supporting the On The Move programme of site specific productions 2011–13:


Performances & Tickets Evenings 7.15pm

“Still as funny, clever and heart-warming as ever.” The Scotsman

Matinees 2.30pm

A comedy by ll W il ly Russe

Reduced price preview (Thu 26 Sep) & Monday evenings All tickets £12 Tue–Thu £15.50, £13.50

THU 26 SEP – SAT 12 OCT 2013

Fri & Sat evenings £20, £18 (no concs)

the Lowry, quays theatre

Sat Matinees £17.50, £15.50

Directed by CHRIS HONER “That’s why they come to the hairdressers – because they want to be changed. But if you wanna change y’ have to do it from the inside, don’t y?” Educating Rita, Willy Russell’s intimate comedy with big ideas and an even bigger heart, is a gem of British theatre. Inspired by Russell’s own experiences of returning to education, this multi-award winning comedy returns to Manchester for the first time in over twenty years. Brash, straight-talking hairdresser Rita is determined to change her life. She wants to know ‘everything’ and she thinks the Open University might just be the answer. World-weary, alcohol-fuelled lecturer Frank is a failed poet, a self-acknowledged ‘appalling teacher of appalling students’. In fact, he’s just about given up. In need of extra cash, he agrees to tutor Rita, totally unaware of the whirlwind that’s about to enter his world… The unlikely pair form a life-changing bond as Rita starts to find herself, and Frank finds a whole new lease of life. Touching, life-affirming and very, very funny, Educating Rita is a comic masterpiece from one of our best-loved writers. Contains strong language and may contain smoking.

Concessions £2 off Groups 10 + Please refer to Group Information on p.15 Schools £11 + 1 free teacher for every 10 purchased On-the-day (students & under 21’s) Tickets £10 see p.15 Early booking reward performances (£2 off) Fri 27 Sep, Sat 28 Sep 7.15pm, Fri 4 Oct, Sat 5 Oct 7.15pm. Book by 1 Jun 2013. Director’s talk with Chris Honer Sat 5 Oct 1.30pm Captioned Wed 2 Oct 7.15pm Audio Described Thu 3 Oct 7.15pm Touch Tour 6.15pm BSL Fri 4 Oct 7.15pm

Box Office: 0843 208 6010

Offers subject to availability and for specified performances only.


Christmas schedule



fri 29 nov – SAT 11 jan 2014

Performances & Tickets

the Lowry, quays theatre

Children only £10 at all performances (Previews £9.50)

WRITTEN by CHARLES WAY Directed by AMY LEACH Wanted! Robin Hood brings the well-loved, legendary characters of Robin and his Merry Men to life in a magical, fun-filled adventure story with music. With brave heroes, daredevil kidnappings, a cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and a very feisty Marian, it promises to be a thrilling show for everyone aged six and above. Wanted! Robin Hood is a brand new adaptation of the classic tale, written by Charles Way. Charles was last seen at the Library Theatre Company adapting Charles Dickens’ Hard Times to fantastic reviews in summer 2011, but he is best known for his imaginative and award-winning plays for families which have been performed all over the world. Charles has a long association with the Library Theatre Company, and directed his own adaptation of The Golden Goose for us at Christmas 2006, a production described by The Guardian as “A magical mid-winter adventure.”




Fri 29 Nov

7pm (PR)


£20.50, £18.50

Sat 30 Nov

7pm (PR)




£18.50, £16.50

Family Ticket 2 Adults, 2 Children

£55, £51 Additional child tickets half price (£5)

Mon 2 Dec

2.15pm (S)

Tue 3 Dec

2.15pm (S)

Wed 4 Dec

10.15am & 2.15pm (S)

Thu 5 Dec

10.15am & 2.15pm (S)


Fri 6 Dec

10.15am (S)

7pm (CAP)

Sat 7 Dec



Mon 9 Dec

10.15am & 2.15pm (S)

Tue 10 Dec

10.15am & 2.15pm (S)

Wed 11 Dec

2.15pm (S) (AD) (BSL) (W)

Thu 12 Dec

10.15am & 2.15pm (S)

Fri 13 Dec

10.15am (S)

OFF PEAK PERFORMANCES Previews Fri 29 & Sat 30 Nov

£14.50 £9.50


£18.50, £16.50

7pm (AD)



Adult Child



£16.50, £14.50

Family Ticket 2 Adults, 2 Children

£51, £47 Additional child tickets half price (£5)

Sat 14 Dec

3pm (BSL)

Schools tickets only £9 per child plus one free for every 10 tickets booked

Mon 16 Dec

2.15pm (S)

Tue 17 Dec

10.15am & 2.15pm (S)

Family Tickets available for all performances, £55, £51, £47 (4 tickets, minimum 2 children, additional children’s tickets half price)

Wed 18 Dec

10.15am (S)

Thu 19 Dec

2.15pm (S) 7pm


Concessions and group deals available at all performances

Sat 21 Dec

3pm (CAP)


Mon 23 Dec



£9 per ticket, plus 1 free teacher per 10 tickets booked

Tue 24 Dec


Thu 26 Dec




Fri 27 Dec





Sat 28 Dec

3pm (AD)





(AD) Audio Described – Touch Tour 1 hour before show (CAP) Captioned (BSL) British Sign Language performance

(W) Access Workshop – £16 inc. matinee ticket (DT) Director’s Talk with Amy Leach 2pm

Praise for Arabian Nights:

“A perfect family show.” The Times

“Must-see seasonal entertainment for all.” Bolton News

Fri 20 Dec

Mon 30 Dec


Tue 31 Dec


Thu 2 Jan


7pm (BSL)

Fri 3 Jan



We also welcome back director Amy Leach and designer Hayley Grindle who worked on our critically acclaimed 2012 production of Arabian Nights.

Sat 4 Jan



Mon 6 Jan

2.15pm (S)

Tue 7 Jan

2.15pm (S) (AD) (BSL) (W)

Wed 8 Jan

10.15am (S)

Thu 9 Jan

10.15am (S)

Production Sponsor:

Box Office: 0843 208 6010

Ticket Information

Fri 10 Jan Sat 11 Jan

7pm 3pm (DT)


Children’s tickets £10 all performances Great value family tickets also available


Performances & TicketS Evenings 7.15pm

“fresh, colloquial, sexy and downright perceptive.” The Daily Telegraph

Matinees 2.30pm (except Thu 6 Mar 2pm) Monday evenings All tickets £12

FRI 21 fEb – SAT 8 mar 2014 the Lowry, quays theatre Directed by CHRIS HONER “We need the theatre, couldn’t, couldn’t do without it. Could we?”

Tue–Thu £15.50, £13.50 Fri & Sat evenings £20, £18 (no concs) Sat Matinees £17.50, £15.50 Concessions £2 off

Anya Reiss, one of the most exciting new voices in British theatre, brings The Seagull right up to date while keeping the timeless quality of the great original.

Groups 10 + Please refer to Group Information on p.15

A famous actress’s visit to her brother’s remote estate exposes the frustrated yearnings and ambitions of her family and friends. As her son puts much more than his self-respect at stake by trying to impress her with a play he’s written himself, others dream of love, the bright lights, and being able to escape their past.

On-the-day (students & under 21’s) Tickets £10 see p.15

This critically acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece maintains all its power to enthrall; The Seagull is a captivating study of the corrosion of youthful idealism, wasted ambitions, and unrequited love. Contains strong language and may contain smoking.

Schools £11 + 1 free teacher for every 10 purchased

Early booking reward performances (£2 off) Fri 21 Feb, Sat 22 Feb 7.15pm, Fri 28 Feb, Sat 1 Mar 7.15pm. Book by 1 Jun 2013. Director’s talk with Chris Honer Sat 1 Mar 1.30pm Captioned Wed 26 Feb 7.15pm Audio Described Thu 27 Feb 7.15pm Touch Tour 6.15pm BSL Fri 28 Feb 7.15pm Play Day Thu 6 Mar see p.15

Box Office: 0843 208 6010

Offers subject to availability and for specified performances only.



TAKE PART The Library Theatre Company has a great participation programme offering a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in our work.

Library Theatre’s Young Company


Our resident young people’s theatre company offers 15 to 18 year olds the opportunity to develop their performance skills within a professional theatre environment. The group meet weekly during term time to work on projects and performances.

mon 20 jan – SAT 1 FEB 2014 the Lowry The Library Theatre Company and The Lowry present re:play Festival for its seventh year in January 2014. If you’re interested in what’s new and emerging in Manchester’s thriving theatre scene, then the re:play Festival is for you. Last year was our most popular festival ever, and 2014 promises to bring together the best of Manchester’s fringe from the last 12 months, selecting the most exciting new theatre for an exclusive ‘second chance to see’.

“re:play takes the legwork out of trawling the fringe by gathering the best of Manchester’s alternative talent in one place” The Guardian

If you are a young person interested in getting involved in the group call 0161 200 1522 or email

Library Theatre’s Community Company An opportunity for everyone living in the city of Manchester aged over 18 to get involved in theatre, develop their skills and create their own performances with the support of the team at the Library Theatre Company. No previous experience is needed – just enthusiasm and commitment to get involved!

Playreading Group Our popular Playreading Group takes place from 10.45am – 12.45pm on the first Friday of every month. It’s a friendly and informal opportunity to discuss plays, learn more about theatre and meet new people. Tickets are £3 and can be booked online, in person or over the phone at Cornerhouse Box Office on 0161 200 1500. Advance booking is recommended as these sessions often sellout.

Storybox With the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we are proud to deliver Storybox, a groundbreaking programme of innovative participatory activities for older people. Storybox provides creative storytelling workshops with accessible and evocative themes for older people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and offers training for artists and carers. To find out more about this project call 0161 200 1533 or email

If you are interested in getting involved in the group call 0161 200 1522 or email

Full details of the 2014 programme will be announced in the autumn. —

“Excellent performances, spoton direction and above all a terrific script” Manchester Theatre Awards on All The Bens, winner of Best Fringe 2013, part of re: play Festival 2013

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The Baring Foundation Lead Education Sponsor since 2004


Where WE ARE The Lowry


By car The Lowry is a 10 minute drive from Manchester City Centre and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, giving access from all over the North West and beyond. From the M60 take junction 12 for the M602. Salford Quays is a quarter of a mile from junction 3 of the M602. Follow the brown The Lowry logo signs.

Cornerhouse is at 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH (adjacent to Oxford Road Railway Station).

Parking There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall’s multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. Pre-purchase your car park tickets when you book your tickets, at a reduced price of £5 (usually £6). Metrolink Trams run from Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria rail stations. Alight at MediaCityUK which is a 5 minute walk from The Lowry. Visit or contact 0161 205 2000 for up to date fares and timetable information.



Parking There are 24 hour NCP car parks on Whitworth Street, behind the Palace Theatre (diagonally opposite Cornerhouse) and off Oxford Street (behind the Tai Wu Chinese Restaurant). In conjunction with NCP, Cornerhouse can offer its customers a 25% discount at either car park – just bring your parking ticket for validation at our Box Office. Rail Nearest Station: Manchester Oxford Road. Metrolink Nearest Stop: St Peter’s Square.



All LTC productions (except site specific productions) include at least one British Sign Language interpreted performance, one Audio Described performance and one Captioned performance. Touch Tours of the set take place one hour before each Audio Described performance. See relevant production pages and Wanted! Robin Hood schedule for details.

£10 standby tickets are available for students, under 21s and current holders of LTC under 26 cards for any performance of Educating Rita, Wanted! Robin Hood and The Seagull, subject to availability. Tickets go on sale from 9.30am on the day of the performance. Tickets can be booked in person at The Lowry Box Office or via 0843 208 6010 only. Discounts may be restricted for busy performances. Proof of ID required.

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES Tickets are available for schools and colleges at Educating Rita and The Seagull (£11 plus one free teacher’s ticket for every ten purchased, all performances) and Wanted! Robin Hood (£9 plus one free teacher’s ticket for every ten purchased, schools performances only).


Bus Cornerhouse is on one of the main bus routes to Manchester City Centre. Contact 0161 228 7811 for information.



Group deals are available for bookings of 10 + for Educating Rita and The Seagull on the following days: Tue-Thu and Sat matinees 10 concessionary price, 11th ticket free. Fri and Sat evenings 10 full price, 11th ticket free. Wanted! Robin Hood Peak Group Tickets, book ten, 11th ticket free, Off Peak Group Tickets, book ten and receive the concessionary rate plus 11th ticket free.

St Peter’s Square


EVENTS DIRECTOR’S TALKS Free pre-show director’s talks take place for most productions. See relevant production pages for details.


All tickets are available for £12 at preview performances and on Monday nights (except Wanted! Robin Hood).

Find out how we put The Seagull together, from concept to first night. The director, actors, designer, stage management and technical staff explain how each department contributes to the final result. Thu 6 Mar, workshop at 10.30am, performance at 2pm. Tickets £3 in addition to the performance ticket.

Get £2 off top price tickets on selected performances of Educating Rita and The Seagull. See show page for details.

CONCESSIONS Concessions are available for 65 +; Students; Unemployed; Disabled ( +1 free carer); Equity (selected performances).


A fantastic hands-on opportunity for children to get a close up experience of Wanted! Robin Hood. A chance to explore the set, touch costumes, look at makeup and hear the musical elements that bring together the production. Ticket price includes workshop in the morning and matinee ticket. Ideal for children of all ages (from 6 + ) and disabilities. Wed 11 Dec and Tue 7 Jan, workshop at 10.30am, performance at 2.15pm. Tickets £16 inc matinee ticket.





Further thanks

Zochonis Charitable Trust The Garrick Charitable Trust The GMAC Development Trust

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All details are correct at the time of going to press. The management reserve the right to make alterations should circumstances require.

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Library Theatre Company 2013 - 2014 Season  

The Library Theatre Company 2013 - 2014 Season Brochure

Library Theatre Company 2013 - 2014 Season  

The Library Theatre Company 2013 - 2014 Season Brochure