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Welcome Welcome to the Spring - Summer Season here at the Exchange. Our programme is based around the theme WHO ARE YOU? In these plays human identity is sculpted, manipulated, transformed, programmed, exotically disguised - extremely confusing and thoroughly malleable. By turns witty, nightmarish, farcical, abrasive, magical and incisive, all of them tell stories of people trying to find their true identity in a shifting world. In this brochure there is a special focus on The Studio, where we produce and present work that is new and different and encourage our audiences to participate and explore how wide the possibilities of theatre can be. We would like to thank you all for your continued support of our work. Braham Murray, Greg Hersov and Sarah Frankcom Artistic Directors

Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH. Box Office: 0161 833 9833. Website: royalexchange.co.uk Registered Charity No. 255424.

Images by Ray Chan, building photography by Jonathan Keenan


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Nineteen Eighty-Four By George Orwell

The Theatre 24 February ~ 27 March

Adapted and directed by Matthew Dunster Designed by Paul Wills

Half Price Previews 24, 25, 26 February

“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”

WORLD PREMIERE

Back Stage Tour Wednesday 3 March at 11am BSL Interpreted

Winston Smith rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he’s handed a note that says simply ‘I love you’ by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in a search for the real truth. In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the proles ignorant but content, where a war without end is always fought and Big Brother is always watching, can Winston possibly hold onto what he feels inside? Or will he renounce everything, accept The Party’s reality and learn to love Big Brother, in this world premiere of Matthew Dunster’s SENSUAL and SENSITIVE adaptation of George Orwell’s classic.

After Show Discussion Thursday 18 March

Did you know? Until very late in the day, NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR was going to be called THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE.

Suitable for ages 15+

Audio-described Performance Saturday 13 March at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Tuesday 23 March at 7.30pm Exchange Education • Schools Workshops • Adult Playreading Group • Teacher INSET / CPD

Think... KAFKA meets KRAFTWERK.

Supported by the Peter Henriques Fund

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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The Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare

The Theatre 31 March ~ 8 May

Directed by Roxana Silbert Designed by Anthony Macilwaine

Half Price Previews 31 March, 1, 2 April

“I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me…” Many years ago, Egeon, his wife Aemilia, their twin sons and twin servants were shipwrecked. Egeon, one son and one servant were separated from the rest and have travelled the world in search of their other halves ever since. Now, with the most chaotic of consequences, fate is finally about to bring them all together - and with no-one sure who’s who and what’s what, confusion is sure to threaten the reunion in Shakespeare’s ANARCHIC and MAGICAL comedy. Did you know? Shakespeare himself was the father of twins.

Back Stage Tour Wednesday 14 April at 11am After Show Discussion Thursday 6 May Audio-Described Performance Saturday 8 May at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Friday 7 May at 7.30pm Exchange Education • Schools Workshops • Adult Playreading Group • Creative and Media Industry Day

Think... TWELFTH NIGHT meets FAWLTY TOWERS.

Suitable for ages 12+

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Pygmalion By Bernard Shaw

The Theatre 12 May ~ 19 June

Directed by Greg Hersov Designed by Ashley Martin-Davis

Half Price Previews 12, 13, 14 May

“You have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being…” When Henry Higgins makes a bet with Colonel Pickering that he can turn a cockney flower girl into a lady, he sets out to change Eliza Doolittle completely and equip her for life in high society but he reckons without the spirit and strength of Eliza herself in Bernard Shaw’s SPARKLING and BITING classic.

Back Stage Tour Wednesday 19 May at 11am After Show Discussion Thursday 10 June Audio-Described Performance Saturday 12 June at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Tuesday 15 June at 7.30pm

Did you know? A retelling of a Greek myth contained in Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES, Shaw’s play was itself memorably retold in Lerner and Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY.

Exchange Education • Schools Workshops • Adult Playreading Group • Meet The Director sessions

Think... EDUCATING RITA meets PRETTY WOMAN.

Pygmalion Lunch Friday 11 June 12 noon Suitable for ages 12+

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Charley’s Aunt By Brandon Thomas

The Theatre 22 June ~ 7 August

Directed by Braham Murray Designed by Johanna Bryant

Half Price Previews 22, 23, 24, 25 June

“I’m no ordinary woman…” Charley’s aunt is about to arrive and she holds the key to everything. Charley’s in love with Amy, but if they’re to get engaged he’ll need his aunt’s agreement. Jack’s in love with Kitty, but if they’re to get together he’ll need Charley’s aunt to act as chaperone. So when the aunt’s arrival is delayed, Charley and Jack decide there’s only one thing for it. An emergency aunt is called for, and in their desperation they think the eccentric Babberley just might save the day. But whilst Impostor Aunt starts to play fast and loose with his part, Real Aunt is getting ever closer, and it isn’t long before the misunderstandings and misdemeanours are spiralling out of control in Brandon Thomas’ RAUCOUS and ROLLICKING farce.

Back Stage Tour Wednesday 30 June at 11am After Show Discussion Thursday 5 August Audio-Described Performance Saturday 31 July at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Friday 6 August at 7.30pm Exchange Education • Adult Playreading Group • Work Experience Week Suitable for ages 12+

Did you know? CHARLEY’S AUNT is one of the most successful farces ever staged, playing for years in the West End and on Broadway. Think... HAY FEVER meets TOOTSIE.

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Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Powder Monkey WORLD PREMIERE

By Amanda Dalton

The Studio 3 ~ 19 June

“There’s definitely something in the woods. And it’s getting closer…”

After Show Discussions 10 June (after 1.30pm) and 18 June (after 7.30pm)

Stella’s kingdom is the wasteland on the edge of the woods and The Armchair is her castle. Some days life feels like a battle. Her brother’s away, fighting for freedom, but she’s got his treasured collection of soldiers. And Worm. She has him too - and he usually does what he’s told. Just lately though Stella and Worm have started to notice some weird things. There’s definitely something watching them. And it’s getting closer in Amanda Dalton’s TENDER and THOUGHTPROVOKING play for young people*.

Exchange Education • Schools Workshops • Teacher INSET/CPD • Online Interactive Resources *Particularly suitable for ages 9 - 13

Did you know? POWDER MONKEY is a British naval term given to children who made up the gun crews on board ships in the 1600s. Their job was to ensure a continuous supply of gunpowder during battle, and was very dangerous. Think... DR. KORCZAK’S EXAMPLE meets TRACY BEAKER.

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Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Welcome to The Studio - our fully flexible second space dedicated to new and innovative performance premiering in the North West. It’s a space where our own original commissions are realised, where we present the most distinctive and imaginative touring companies and where our pioneering work with communities in Manchester finds expression. We have a long-standing commitment to supporting regional artists and collaborating with some of the best emerging and established companies in the UK. Join us this season for a refreshing mix of performance, dance, music, and poetry… all seats unreserved, all productions distinctively original…

"close to perfection" ***** The Guardian on PALACE OF THE END by Judith Thompson "...good, very good, very good indeed." The Times on 2ND MAY 1997 by nabokov "an educational and inspiring alternative to the usual Christmas theatrical delights" Whatsonstage.com on THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES by Puppet State Theatre

All Tickets: £9.50 / £6.50 (concessions) / £4 (under 13s). Offers available for Students. Spend More Time in The Studio Book one show for £9.50 / £6.50 (concessions) Book 2 shows and save £1 on each ticket Book 3 shows and save £2 on each ticket Book 4 shows and save £3 on each ticket

The Studio. 3 ~ 6 March

The Studio. 18 ~ 20 March

Tmesis Theatre in association with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present

Exchange Education Young People’s Theatre Workshop presents

The Dreadful Hours

The Boy Who Ran From The Sea

Directed by Javier Marzan (Peepolykus) Script by Chris Fittock Energised, ambitious, and intoxicated with a perfect summer of technicolour love, they feel extraordinary, and long to have the world at their feet. But what happens when the summer ends, and the realities of suburban malaise begin to stifle the first sparks of limitless love? Combining Tmesis Theatre’s trademark physicality and striking visuals with new writing from acclaimed North West Playwright Chris Fittock, THE DREADFUL HOURS is a darkly comic drama exploring the quiet disintegration of aspirational love through the lifetime of one couple’s relationship.

During Autumn 2009 our writing, designing, directing and performance projects for 14 - 19 year olds offered 67 young people the opportunity to explore the creative and technical processes of making theatre. Since January, Royal Exchange professionals from lighting, sound, set design, production and stage management have mentored members of the groups whilst a further 30 young people have worked with us to direct and perform this evening of fresh, original work, inspired by ideas of location, a sense of place and the search for home. The Young People’s Theatre Workshop is supported by the John Thaw Foundation. Tickets £6.50 full price / £4 all concessions

‘Rarefied…intriguing…performed with exquisite precision.’ The Guardian ‘Tmesis Theatre’s sensual, slow-motion movement explores this super close love affair with charm and wit.’ Time Out ‘Visually stunning, artistically inspired...’ The Stage Suitable for age 13+

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The Studio. 26 ~ 27 March

The Studio. 7 ~ 10 April

Rasa with Oxfordshire Theatre Company present

Seabright Productions and LMP present

Handful Of Henna

The World’s Wife

Written by Rani Moorthy Directed by Karen Simpson

Adapted from the poems of Carol Ann Duffy. Performed by Linda Marlowe. Directed by Di Sherlock.

Being dragged by her mother back to the family village thousands of miles away is no fun for 13-year-old Nasreen. In the monsoon rain, surrounded by wagging tongues of relatives and not being able to text friends, the mystical power of henna leads to unexpected events. Based on real stories from Muslim women this is an evocative and enchanting story of homecoming, adventure, fear and joy for a girl and her mother.

A new stage version of the acclaimed poetry collection by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, imagining the wives’ perspective of famous men through the ages.

Based in Manchester, Rasa’s work has toured extensively throughout the UK. Their acclaimed show CURRY TALES became an international hit, and was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. ‘* * * * An incomparable story teller’ The Guardian on SHADES OF BROWN ‘Astonishingly moving…rarely have I seen such talent or such intimate contact with the pulse of this nation’ The Independent on CURRY TALES

From Mrs Faust and Frau Freud to Queen Kong and Mrs Midas, this delightful show slices through history and myth, whilst also casting an astute glance over the modern world. Laced with dark humour and acerbic wit, this passionate exposé will enthral lovers of Duffy’s poems and newcomers alike. Linda Marlowe has enjoyed great acclaim for her previous solo work including Berkoff’s Women, which toured internationally and played West End seasons. ‘Performed with awesome style and confidence by the splendid Linda Marlowe. Joyfully refreshing. Do go and see this: it's wonderful.' The Observer

The Studio. 12 & 19 April, 17 May

The Studio. 15 ~ 17 April Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence present

Carol Ann Duffy & Friends

No Idea

Three special evenings of poetry and music presented by Manchester's well loved Poet Laureate. Carol Ann will be reading her own work and presenting some of the country's very best newly emerging talent - each evening will also feature a guest appearance from a poet of national stature, details to be confirmed.

Created by Lisa Hammond, Rachael Spence and Lee Simpson. Directed by Lee Simpson Designed by Ben Stones

In association with The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

If they were in a show, can you imagine what kind of show it would be? What would the story be? Who would you choose to play the main character? Who would you choose to be the funny one?

Take a look at the women in the picture. Their names are Rachael and Lisa.

Armed with a tape recorder, Rachael and Lisa went on to the streets and asked people what they thought their show should be about. What they heard and recorded was funny, heartfelt, sometimes staggering but always very very revealing about what we can (and can’t) imagine when we look at someone. Presented with Improbable as part of their Associate Artist Programme

Suitable for age 14+ BSL interpreted performance Sat 17 April at 4pm Suitable for age 16+

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The Studio. 22 ~ 24 April

The Studio. 28 April ~ 1 May

Lone Twin Theatre presents

The Catastrophe Trilogy A unique collection of works by an ever-surprising international ensemble. Created and performed by: Antoine Fraval, Guy Dartnell, Molly Haslund, Nadia Cusimano, Nina Tecklenburg and Paul Gazzola Directed by: Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan Alice Bell (22 April) A fictional character born into a fictional conflict, Alice seeks happiness in a divided land, finding love and companionship but at a terrible cost. Part DIY musical, part fairy-tale, ALICE BELL offers a portrait of life as an act of hope, life as something to sing and dance about. Daniel Hit By A Train (23 April) Inspired by a Victorian collection of 53 true stories about people losing their lives in the act of saving another, this tells each tragedy in turn, in all their comedic, vaudevillian glory. New production (24 April) This as yet untitled work continues the company’s playful approach to storytelling, narrative and song, presenting an episode in the life of a character where chance and coincidence leave an indelible mark. Suitable for age 13+ See all 3 shows for £18 (not to be used with any other offer)

People Show 121: The Detective Show Company: Gareth Brierley, Sadie Cook, George Khan, Mark Long, Jessica Worrall, Chahine Yavroyan Someone’s been murdered. But there’s no body, no weapon and no motive. There is a suspect, and the Interrogator is talking to him. The suspect believes he is innocent, but problematically can only remember 5 things: 1. He is a compulsive gambler. 2. He is in love with a tour guide - a woman who is an expert on all things Agatha Christie. She specialises in the missing 11 days of Agatha’s life in 1926. 3. She doesn’t love him. 4. He knows a terrible secret about her. 5. He thinks he may be a fictional character in a detective novel. Let the search for the clues begin... Funny, frightening and ferocious, People Show create another production of highly entertaining theatre.

The Studio. 20 ~ 22 May

The Studio. 27 ~ 29 May

Graeae Theatre Company in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East present

Queer Up North presents

Signs Of A Star-Shaped Diva Tammy, the alter-ego of undertaker Sue Graves (Caroline Parker), has to make a life-changing decision with the help of her most trusted friends - Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline. In a choice between love and fame, will she make the right decision or live to regret the path she takes? SIGNS OF A STAR-SHAPED DIVA takes us on an emotional rollercoaster of signed song, interpreting and telling the stories of songs that have touched a generation of music lovers... but it is Sue's story that will touch your heart.

Love Intifada by Mojisola Adebayo It's Summer on the West Bank. Two young women are living in a town under occupation. From the isolation of their bedroom they watch TV, surf the net, debate art, politics, philosophy and swear their love affair to secrecy. When the women discover the story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, infamous lesbian surrealist artists at the centre of the World War II resistance movement on the island of Jersey, they are inspired. As the bulldozers roll in and the bombs rain down, the wall rises up and the war rages on, the women have an intifada of the imagination. The lovers step out and invoke a quiet revolution.

Features captioned dialogue and signed songs. “the real fun is in watching Parker adding her hysterical touches to well-worn tunes…has the potential to attract a huge following” The Stage Suitable for age 14+

Mojisola Adebayo’s work as a writer includes MOJ OF THE ANTARCTIC: AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY, MATT HENSON, NORTH STAR, MUHAMMED ALI AND ME and DESERT BOY. ‘An epic tale of empowerment, exploration and (self) discovery delivered with real theatrical grace.’ Total Theatre on MOJ OF THE ANTARCTIC

“Forty two years of entertaining the nation in its uniquely surreal way.” The Guardian Suitable for age 14+

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Exchange Education

The Studio. 1- 3 July

The Studio. 15 ~ 16 July

the Mark Bruce Company presents

Exchange Education presents

Love And War

Once In A Lifetime

In his startling new work Mark Bruce uses theatre-inthe-round and a soundtrack including Sparklehorse, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age and György Ligeti, to plunge the imagination into a raw arena of the otherworld. Time shifts and figures from myth and ritual collide; Gods emerge amongst frenzied cheerleaders, murderous strangers, dogs of war and bedraggled homecoming queens, in a heart-searching dance work of savage beauty.

And you may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?”

LOVE AND WAR is the Mark Bruce Company’s latest full-length production since its critically acclaimed SEA OF BONES.

The third in our series of projects inspired by great songs, ONCE IN A LIFETIME brings you a bold, innovative miscellany of brand new theatre from the Royal Exchange Education and Community programme. Why not come along and discover things you never dreamt were there? “The project was simply superb…the settings and the language only added to the magic we and the audience created. If only for two nights, we were magicians.” Participant in The Fusebox Project. Tickets £6.50 full price / £4 all concessions

“Bruce's choreography has never looked more inventive, with classically based moves twisted into ferocious gestures of destruction or strung out into decadent ennui. The dancers are excellent.” The Guardian Suitable for age 13+

Discover things you never thought were there Exchange Education offers a wide-ranging programme of projects, activities and events for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. The aim is to create opportunities for everyone to explore theatre, get involved and make the Royal Exchange their own.

To Find Out More: Drop in to the Education Lounge in the Great Hall Call 0161 615 6721/0 Email education@royalexchange.co.uk Write to Exchange Education, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH Visit the website at royalexchange.co.uk

The work of the Education Department is supported by the Booth Charities, The Co-operative, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, HBOS Lex Leasing, The Idlewild Trust, Irwin Mitchell, John Lewis Partnership, John Thaw Foundation, Manchester Guardian Society, Norma Leigh Charitable Trust, N Smith Charitable Trust, Old Possum’s Practical Trust, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Scotshill Trust and The Steel Charitable Trust. 20 ~ 21


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Spend More Time at The Exchange...

... For Free (Or Cheep)…

Back Stage Tours £3

Information Point

During each production, a Back Stage Tour takes you on stage and into the areas of the theatre not normally open to the public. Dates on show pages. Call Box Office on 0161 833 9833. Groups of 10+ call 0161 833 0483.

Find out more about the Exchange and the cultural life of Manchester from our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Also available, Royal Exchange souvenirs, gifts and books. If you’re under 26, you can come to the Exchange for free. Friday Fifty - 50 free tickets available from 12 noon every Friday. Join the Guest List - free tickets for every show in the Season. First Stage - free tickets for young people from community groups who want to try out theatre for the first time.

Become a Friend Meet actors of Royal Exchange productions. Meet directors, designers and go backstage. See productions here and at other theatres. Volunteer and help raise funds. Make friends with theatre enthusiasts.

Go to royalexchange.co.uk/guestlist to find out more. Call Janet Aslan on 0161 615 6786 Email friends@royalexchange.co.uk Ask at the Information Point

Exhibitions The Mezzanine Gallery, above Box Office, hosts free exhibitions, changing with every show. Craft Shop Gallery Corner hosts exhibitions, all on sale in the Craft Shop.

Join The E-List Sign up to our e-list - save the environment, save our postage and be the first to hear up to date casting news, receive special offers and find out what’s going on in our monthly bulletins.

Listen to Our Podcasts Exclusive interviews with actors and directors, unique excerpts from the shows – our podcasts feature things that you simply won’t hear anywhere else - all absolutely free. With a new broadcast going live every 4 - 6 weeks, it’s a great way to keep up to date with the latest news.

CHEEP:

(Deals For Students And Under 26s) Happy Mondays £4

Special FX Weddings

Events and Conferences Businesses can hire rooms in the Theatre building for seminars, conferences and special events. Call Paul Lloyd on 0161 615 6793. Email paul.lloyd@royalexchange.co.uk

Tickets in the Theatre and The Studio Students get 20% off in the Craft Shop 10% off at Bar Exchange - Mondays only.

Celebrate your Wedding or Civil Partnership in the Front Room at the Royal Exchange and enjoy a theatrical experience you’ll never forget. We can provide everything from rings and wedding favours to costumes and props. Call Paul Lloyd on 0161 615 6793. Email paul.lloyd@royalexchange.co.uk

Every Friday, from 6pm - 7pm, expect the unexpected in the Great Hall with free entertainment, including jazz, stand-up comedy, world music and dance. Happy hour in the Great Hall Bar and Craft Shop from 5.30pm. City Inn is pleased to sponsor Special FX.

Theatre Lunches

Log onto royalexchange.co.uk/specialfx for the latest line-up.

Keep In Touch

Education Lounge

Join Royal Textchange SMS for more offers Sign-up to Cheep-enews for info and discounts

Drop into the Lounge in the Great Hall and discover things you never dreamt were there... a comfy sofa, talking chair, haunted phones, maybe even a lizard!

Details, terms & conditions at royalexchange.co.uk/cheep

Meet the cast and director, enjoy a delicious lunch and help raise money for our Development Fund. For dates see show pages. For more information call the Development Team on 0161 615 6752. Email development@royalexchange.co.uk

Student Offers Student Standbys - Half Price Theatre and Studio tickets £4 tickets with studentbeans.com £5 off in Costume Hire

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Shopping...

... Eating And Drinking

Costume Hire

Eating and drinking at the Royal Exchange is a dramatic affair. A stylish restaurant and a continental style cafe bar - both set against the backdrop of the spectacular Great Hall and Theatre module offer city centre visitors and theatre-goers something truly unique.

With more than 5000 costumes from over 30 years of Royal Exchange productions, our COSTUME HIRE department is the ideal place for individuals, businesses, educational groups, amateur dramatic companies and even wedding parties to hire costumes for all occasions. Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm and alternate Saturdays 10am - 2pm by appointment only. Call 0161 819 6660. Email costume-hire@royalexchange.co.uk 47-53 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JY. See map on page 30.

BAR EXCHANGE is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am - curtain up for coffees, pastries, light lunches and bar drinks.

Craft Shop If it’s cards, gifts or inspiration you are looking for, then visit the Craft Shop and discover a wide selection of contemporary hand made crafts by makers working across the UK. Commissions welcome. We also offer a Wedding Service, Loyalty Scheme and an interest free* loan, Own Art (*typical 0% APR.) The hugely popular changing exhibitions are held in cabinets along the colonnade and in the Gallery Corner in the Great Hall. Monday - Saturday 9.30am - curtain up, re-opening at the interval. Call 0161 615 6767. Email craft.shop@royalexchange.co.uk Visit royalexchange.co.uk/craftshop

Craft Workshops NEW: Saturdays 10.30am - 1.30pm 6 February Jewellery with Cara Fairbairn 6 March Water colour with Lynn Kirkley 10 April Sewing with Jennifer Adgey 15 May Ceramic with Sarah McDade 5 June Jewellery with Samantha Taylor

Serving modern British cuisine in a relaxed and airy environment, THE ROUND is open for lunch and pre-theatre supper. Visit royalexchange.co.uk for latest menus.

Happy Hour On Friday nights, from 5.30pm - 7pm, enjoy cheap drinks in the Great Hall Bar, alongside Special FX, free entertainment. Visit royalexchange.co.uk/specialfx for more details.

Afternoon Teas After every Tuesday and Wednesday matinee, stay for delicious homemade cakes and tea or coffee, relax and discuss the show.

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Save Money With a Season Ticket

Season Ticket Booking Form

Buy a Season Ticket and save up to £31. That’s up to 25% off full price tickets.

This Season, to celebrate The Studio, you can save 25% in the Theatre and The Studio and choose whichever Studio show you like. See pages 14 - 18 for the shows. See some of the best shows in the country in two of the most exciting theatre spaces. A Season Ticket is great value, offers great savings, priority booking and flexibility. Book now and choose your dates later. PRIORITY BOOKING: we reserve some of the best seats for Season Ticket holders, but we advise you not to leave it too late as many performances can sell out. FLEXIBILITY: change your date or seats (free of charge) at any time, as long as we have the seats available and the time for you to send in your original tickets*. SAVINGS: there are prices to suit all pockets (see four shows for only £46.40) as well as huge savings on the best seats in the House (save up to £7.38 per ticket). *Tickets can only be exchanged up to 48 hours in advance of your original or new performance, whichever comes first. All tickets are subject to availability.

How to Book: See the Seating Plan on page 28. Choose the area where you would like to sit and use the colour coding to choose the Season Ticket price. Fill in the Season Ticket Booking Form, including payment and send it to us at the Theatre. Or call to book on 0161 833 9833.

Saving £20.40 £17.20 £12.00

Fri & Sat £94.40 £80.00 £51.20

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Loyalty Card: Your Loyalty Card gives you discounts in the Theatre, Craft Shop, Costume Hire, in Bar Exchange and in The Round. Did you know that the Royal Exchange Theatre is a registered charity? By making a donation to our Development Fund you will be supporting all aspects of our work. And don’t forget, if you are a UK taxpayer we can claim an extra 28p for every £1 you donate. Simply fill in the box on the Booking Form.

4-Part Season Ticket includes: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, PYGMALION and CHARLEY’S AUNT Mon - Thu, Sat Mats £81.60 £68.80 £48.00

To buy your Season Tickets, simply fill in this Booking Form. Either enclose a cheque or fill in your credit / debit card details below. Send it back FREEPOST (no stamp required) to the address provided. Your booking will be confirmed by Box Office. If you would like help filling in the Booking Form please call 0161 832 0943.

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5-part Season Ticket includes: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, PYGMALION, CHARLEY’S AUNT Please add 50p if you are booking using a credit or debit card_________________________

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When you have completed your form, sign it and return it to: Season Ticket Booking, Royal Exchange Theatre Company, FREEPOST (M2 9GN) St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 9GN. **Matinees in The Studio are on Thursdays at 2.30pm.

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Ticket Prices The Theatre:

Discounts and Access

Second Gallery

First Gallery

The Studio:

Discounts (Theatre):

Discount Restrictions:

The Studio seating is unreserved and fixed price. Seats are arranged differently for each show.

Disabled Patrons: HALF PRICE for any seat, any performance, except restrictions shown.Wheelchair spaces available on request. Price also available for a companion, if applicable.

There are no discounts on Saturday evenings. There are no discounts on lowest priced tickets. All discounts are subject to availability and may be unavailable for busy performances. Appropriate proof of ID required when buying a discounted ticket. Please check with Box Office. Only one discount per ticket.

Full price: £9.50 Concessions: £6.50 Under 13s: £4 Students and under 26s: Under 26s and Students pay only £4 on a Monday Half Price Student Standbys (except Saturday evenings).

Stage Level

Full price & concessions: Book 2 shows and save £1 on each ticket Book 3 shows and save £2 on each ticket Book 4 shows and save £3 on each ticket Second Gallery First Gallery Row A Row A Row B Row B

Stage Level Row D Rows B,C,E,F,G A (Banquettes)

Standard Prices: Mon - Thu & Sat Mat £25.50 £21.50 £15.00 £8.50

Fri & Sat Eve

Tue/Wed Mat

£29.50 £25.00 £16.00 £9.50

£17.50 £15.50 £14.50 £8.50

£9.50

£8.50

Banquettes*: £8.50

*Banquettes available on day of performance only, from 9.30am ADD £1 TO HELP US MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR YOU A donation of just £1 on each ticket will help support our work on stage and in the community, as well as carrying out planned improvements in the Great Hall. Please give generously to our Development Fund.

How To Book: Box Office is open Monday - Saturday. By phone or fax: 9.30am - 6.15pm Box Office: 0161 833 9833 Fax: 0161 615 6696 Group Bookings and Schools: 0161 833 0483 Minicom: 0161 615 6699 In person: 9.30am - 7.30pm (weekdays) 9.30am - 8pm (Saturdays) Online: Book up to a few hours before the performance. royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline* Suitable for ages 15+ This symbol is a recommended age limit for shows, correct in our opinion at the time of going to print. Please call Box Office for more details. *There is a £2 transaction fee (not per ticket) to cover the costs to the service provider. All prices, times and performance details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to change details if necessary.

Over 60s: £3 off Tuesday & Wednesday Matinee, £5 off Saturday Matinee Registered Unemployed: HALF PRICE for all performances (except restrictions shown) Under 16s: HALF PRICE for all performances (except restrictions shown) Happy Mondays: Anyone aged under 26 can get the best available seats for only £4. Only two seats per booking. Mondays only. Student Standbys: HALF PRICE on the day of the performance only (except restrictions shown) Under 26s: visit royalexchange.co.uk/guestlist for information on A Night Less Ordinary - the Arts Council initiative giving FREE tickets at the Royal Exchange. Preview Tickets: Half Price Previews for all Theatre shows. Check Diary for dates (HP) Groups (10+): Call 0161 833 0483 to save on all performances, except restrictions shown and Tuesday & Wednesday matinees. One FREE ticket per twenty seats purchased. Limited number of extra discounts available in first full week. 10 - 20 seats save £2.50 per ticket 21 - 40 seats save £3.50 per ticket 41+ seats save £4.50 per ticket School Groups: limited number of tickets for schools for Monday - Friday including Tuesday & Wednesday Matinees - £8.50 with one teacher free per 10 pupils. Call 0161 833 0483.

Access: The Royal Exchange is committed to improving access for all theatre-goers and aims to ensure that disabled patrons have an enjoyable experience. We have wheelchair spaces and a lift in St Ann’s Square providing level access to all floors. Each production in the Theatre has an audiodescribed performance with a Touch Tour for the visually impaired. Programmes are available in large print, free of charge.We also welcome Guide dogs. We have infra-red assisted hearing facilities and present BSL-interpreted performances in the Theatre. In addition, we now offer a BSL-interpreted tour each season. This brochure is available in large print, on CD and email formats. Our Access Guide will be available online from Summer 2010. Further queries should be directed to the Marketing Department on 0161 615 6784 or from marketing@royalexchange.co.uk Please note that, under the SMOKE FREE law, performers on stage are exempt and there may be smoking in some of our productions.

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How To Find Us

What’s Online

Everyone Can Play A Part

royalexchange.co.uk

The Royal Exchange Theatre

Have you visited our website recently?

St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH. Box Office: 0161 833 9833. royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline

It’s packed full of Interesting information to enhance your enjoyment of the Theatre and its productions. You can find everything from info on casts past and present, downloadable education resources as well as podcast interviews with directors and actors and behind the scenes action. And it’s your chance to have your say as well via our Facebook and Twitter pages we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Costume Hire

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Arndale Centre

Exchange Square

NCP Cannon St

St Tib St

Withy Grove

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Deansgate

Fennel St

Shudehill

Victoria Station

NCP Church St

M&S

High St

St. Ann’s St

Market St

Cross St

St. Mary’s Gate St. Ann’s Square

Boots The Chemist

Deansgate

NCP

York St King St

Two public entrances in St Ann’s Square (with a lift to Box Office and open during performances) and on Cross Street.

E-List: Sign up to our e-list - save the environment, save our postage, and be the first to hear up to date casting news, receive special offers and find out what’s going on in our monthly bulletins.

Exchange Education: We have resources, workshops and activities available for all ages. Visit the Education section of the website and find out more about the productions by downloading our online resources, or getting involved in some of our projects.

Podcasts: Parking Car parks at Market Place, High Street and MEN Arena. For details call Manchester Parking on 0161 234 4111.

Discounted Parking Patrons can get discounted evening parking at Market Place Car Park. Bring your car park ticket to the Box Office on the night for validation.

Public Transport

Exclusive interviews with actors and directors, unique excerpts from the shows - our podcasts feature things that you simply won’t hear anywhere else - all absolutely free. With a new broadcast going live every 4 - 6 weeks, it’s a great way to keep up to date with the latest news.

YouTube: Check out YouTube.com/royalexchangetheatre where we’ll be posting more live footage of events, excerpts from shows and behind the scenes action.

Bus: We are within 15 minutes’ walk of major city centre bus stops.

The Royal Exchange is a charity and relies on the generous support of individuals, businesses and other organisations to continue its work on and off stage, in schools and in the community. These are just some of the ways that you can help. Plaques Celebrate special occasions or honour loved ones with a permanent plaque on the back of a seat in the Theatre (£500) or on the floor of the Great Hall (£1,000)

Gold, Silver & Bronze Members Regular donors can enjoy benefits such as priority information, special invitations, discounts, Back Stage Tours and ‘Backstage’ Newsletter, as well as programme acknowledgement. For more information, call the Development Team on 0161 615 6759. Email development@royalexchange.co.uk

An Ensemble Piece You and your business can play an important role in supporting the Theatre through:

Hospitality and Entertaining • • • • •

Exchange Club or Community Membership Sponsorship (eg. for productions, performances or events) Sponsorship of The Studio Funding new plays or training bursaries Funding Education or Community Partnerships projects

Tailor-made hospitality and entertaining packages with use of the Insider Suite are available for all occasions. For more information, call Rebecca Muir on 0161 615 6790 Email rebecca.muir@royalexchange.co.uk

Talk to Us! Train: Piccadilly Station is 15 minutes’ walk and Victoria Station is 10 minutes’ walk from the Theatre. Metrolink TRAM: The nearest tram stop is Market Street, 5 minutes’ walk from the Theatre (walk down Market Street and turn left). More information on 0161 228 7811.

Join us on Facebook (facebook.com/royalexchangetheatre) get involved in online discussions about the shows, and let us know what you think. Or if you prefer you can follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/rxtheatre) to hear the gossip about daily life at the Royal Exchange and which celebrities are having a coffee in the hall!

Major Sponsors of The Royal Exchange Theatre: City Inn, Insider, Halo, Bruntwood and Manchester Airport The Royal Exchange Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity, number 255424. As one of the UK's leading producing theatres we exist to provide entertaining, educational and enriching experiences for all members of the community through our work both on and off the stage.

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February ~ March ’10 The Theatre

Wed Thu Fri Sat

24 Feb 25 26 27

Mon Tue Wed

01 Mar 02 03

Thu

04

Fri Sat

05 06

Mon Tue Wed

08 09 10

Thu Fri Sat

11 12 13

Mon Tue Wed

15 16 17

Thu Fri Sat

18 19 20

Mon Tue Wed

22 23 24

Thu Fri Sat

25 26 27

Wed

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7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 8pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 8pm 7.30pm

April ’10 The Studio

1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984

HP HP HP

PR

1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 XTRA 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 AD 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 SD 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 BSL 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 Comedy HP

The Dreadful Hours The Dreadful Hours The Dreadful Hours The Dreadful Hours The Dreadful Hours

The Boy Who Ran … The Boy Who Ran … The Boy Who Ran … The Boy Who Ran …

The Theatre

Thu 01 7.30pm Comedy of Errors HP Fri 02 7.30pm Comedy of Errors HP Sat 03 4pm Comedy of Errors 8pm Comedy of Errors Mon 05 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Tue 06 7.30pm Comedy of Errors PR Wed 07 2.30pm Comedy of Errors 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Thu 08 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Fri 09 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Sat 10 4pm Comedy of Errors 8pm Comedy of Errors Mon 12 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Tue 13 2.30pm Comedy of Errors XTRA Wed 14 2.30pm Comedy of Errors 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Thu 15 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Fri 16 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Sat 17 4pm Comedy of Errors 8pm Comedy of Errors Mon 19 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Tue 20 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Wed 21 2.30pm Comedy of Errors 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Thu 22 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Fri 23 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Sat 24 4pm Comedy of Errors 8pm Comedy of Errors Mon 26 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Tue 27 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Wed 28 2.30pm Comedy of Errors 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Thu 29 7.30pm Comedy of Errors 30 7.30pm Comedy of Errors Fri

May ’10 The Studio

Sat Mon Tue Wed

The World's Wife The World's Wife The World's Wife The World's Wife The World's Wife Carol Ann Duffy & Friends

No Idea No Idea No Idea No Idea Carol Ann Duffy & Friends

The Catastrophe Trilogy The Catastrophe Trilogy

June ’10

The Theatre

Thu Fri Sat Wed Thu Fri Sat Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Mon Tue Wed

The Catastrophe Trilogy

Thu Fri Sat

The Detective Show The Detective Show The Detective Show

Mon

01

4pm 8pm 03 7.30pm 04 7.30pm 05 2.30pm 7.30pm 06 7.30pm 07 7.30pm 08 4pm 8pm 12 7.30pm 13 7.30pm 14 7.30pm 15 4pm 8pm 17 7.30pm 18 7.30pm 19 2.30pm 7.30pm 20 7.30pm 21 7.30pm 22 4pm 8pm 24 7.30pm 25 2.30pm 26 2.30pm 7.30pm 27 7.30pm 28 7.30pm 29 4pm 8pm 31 7.30pm

The Studio

Comedy of Errors Comedy of Errors Comedy of Errors Comedy of Errors Comedy of Errors Comedy of Errors Comedy of Errors SD Comedy of Errors BSL Comedy of Errors AD Comedy of Errors Pygmalion HP Pygmalion HP Pygmalion HP Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion PR Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion XTRA Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion

The Detective Show

Carol Ann Duffy & Friends

Signs of a Star-Shaped Diva Signs of a Star-Shaped Diva Signs of a Star-Shaped Diva

Love Intifada Love Intifada Love Intifada

The Theatre

Tue 01 7.30pm Wed 02 2.30pm 7.30pm Thu 03 7.30pm Fri 04 2.30pm 7.30pm Sat 05 4pm 8pm Mon 07 7.30pm Tue 08 7.30pm Wed 09 2.30pm 7.30pm Thu 10 7.30pm Fri 11 7.30pm Sat 12 4pm 8pm Mon 14 7.30pm Tue 15 7.30pm Wed 16 2.30pm 7.30pm Thu 17 7.30pm Fri 18 7.30pm Sat 19 4pm 8pm Tue 22 7.30pm Wed 23 7.30pm Thu 24 7.30pm Fri 25 7.30pm Sat 26 4pm 8pm Mon 28 7.30pm Tue 29 7.30pm Wed 30 2.30pm 7.30pm

The Studio

Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Pygmalion Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt

Powder Monkey Powder Monkey Powder Monkey Powder Monkey Powder Monkey

PR

Powder Monkey (11am, 1.30pm) Powder Monkey (1.30pm) SD Powder Monkey (11am, 1.30pm) SD TL Powder Monkey AD Powder Monkey Powder Monkey BSL Powder Monkey (11am, 1.30pm) Powder Monkey (1.30pm) Powder Monkey (11am, 1.30pm) Powder Monkey SD Powder Monkey Powder Monkey HP HP HP HP

PR

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July ’10

August ’10

The Theatre

Thu Fri Sat

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Mon Tue Wed

05 06 07

Thu Fri Sat

08 09 10

Mon Tue Wed

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Thu Fri

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The Studio

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Love and War Love and War

The Theatre

Mon Tue Wed

02 03 04

Thu Fri Sat

05 06 07

Love and War XTRA

7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 8pm

The Studio

Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt Charley's Aunt

Once in a Lifetime Once in a Lifetime Once in a Lifetime

AD

HP = Half Price Preview, PR = Press Night, AD = Audio-described Performance, BSL = Sign-interpreted Performance, SD = After Show Discussion, TL = Theatre Lunch (12 noon), XTRA = Extra Matinee

SD BSL

Royal Exchange Theatre Spring Summer 2010  

Royal Exchange Theatre Spring Summer 2010 Season