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Royal Exchange Theatre

Exchange 2009 Spring~Summer


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Welcome We’re very pleased with this forthcoming Spring/Summer season. We have a wide spectrum of dramatic experiences mixing great classics with substantial new writing and an exciting collaboration with the Manchester International Festival. While we were planning the season the economic situation in the country significantly changed. For us, this theatre has always been a place where people can come for a communal experience that in some way illuminates and strengthens the lives we lead. We thank you for supporting the Exchange and hope very much you can continue in these potentially tough times ahead to enjoy what we have to offer.

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Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH. Box Office: 0161 833 9833. Website: royalexchange.co.uk Registered Charity No. 255424 Typesetting: Funnel Creative. Show & cover imagery: Ray Chan. Theatre photography: Jonathan Keenan


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Macbeth By William Shakespeare Directed by Matthew Dunster Designed by Paul Wills “Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” When the triumphant soldier Macbeth discovers he’s destined to be the next King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth decide to risk their own souls in a desperate attempt to gain the whole world in Shakespeare’s DARK, DEVASTATING and GRIPPING tragedy. Did you know? One of the theories regarding the origins of the superstitions revolving around The Scottish Play is that Shakespeare used genuine spells in the text, and this caused witches to put a curse on all future productions as punishment for revealing their secrets.

The Theatre 25 February ~ 11 April

Half Price Previews 25, 26, 27 February After Show Discussion Thursday 19 March Audio Described Performance Saturday 28 March at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Saturday 4 April at 4pm Back Stage Tour Wednesday 4 March at 11am

Think... FAUST meets THE SOPRANOS

Exchange Education • Online Resources • Teacher CPD • Pre-show Student Workshops • Between The Lines Playreading Sessions • Workshop day for Adults

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Widowers’ Houses By Bernard Shaw Directed by Greg Hersov Designed by Ashley Martin-Davis “If you are going to get money with your wife, doesn’t it concern your family to know how that money was made?” When the hot-tempered Harry Trench falls for wealthy heiress Blanche whilst on holiday, he thinks that nothing can stand in the way of true love. But after discovering that his prospective father-in-law is the worst landlord in London, he finds his morals and desires are pitted against each other in this timely revival of Bernard Shaw’s FUNNY, SCATHING and TOPICAL play. Did you know? Bernard Shaw is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar for his work. Think... AN IDEAL HUSBAND meets LITTLE DORRITT

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

The Theatre 15 April ~ 9 May

Half Price Previews 15, 16, 17 April After Show Discussion Thursday 30 April Audio Described Performance Saturday 25 April at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Saturday 9 May at 4pm Back Stage Tour Wednesday 22 April at 11am Exchange Education • Pre-show Student Workshop • Between The Lines Playreading Sessions

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Haunted By Edna O’Brien WORLD PREMIERE Directed by Braham Murray Designed by Simon Higlett With Brenda Blethyn “With so much gone ... what’s left Mr. Berry, what’s left?” When a captivating young woman enters the life of the quixotic Mr. Berry, his desperation to ensure her return causes him to start secretly giving away his wife’s clothes in exchange for elocution lessons - but, as the redoubtable Mrs Berry searches for an explanation to her fastdiminishing wardrobe, he soon finds that both his relationships are increasingly under threat in this world premiere of Edna O’Brien’s POIGNANT, ENCHANTING and LYRICAL new play. Did you know? Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Philip Roth has hailed Edna O’Brien as “the most gifted woman now writing in English”.

The Theatre 13 May ~ 13 June

Half Price Previews 13, 14, 15 May After Show Discussion Thursday 11 June Audio Described Performance Saturday 6 June at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Saturday 13 June at 4pm Back Stage Tour Wednesday 20 May at 11am Exchange Education • Pre-show Student Workshop • Between The Lines Playreading Sessions

Think... THE WEIR meets THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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The Pianist Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman Directed by Neil Bartlett Conceived by Mikhail Rudy The Royal Exchange Theatre presents the Manchester International Festival Production "the tale of an improbable triumph over tragedy, and much to be recommended" **** The Times "Rudy's reputation alone would be enough to buy your ticket, but there's so much more ... Peter Guinness ... delivers the words quite brilliantly" Manchester Evening News

The Theatre 17 ~ 27 June

BSL Interpreted Performance Saturday 27 June at 8pm Exchange Education • Online Resources THE PIANIST is not part of the Season Ticket. Ticket prices and show times are different for this production. See page 30 and Diary for details.

Best known as an Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski, this is the remarkably evocative story of one man’s time in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi Occupation, first seen as part of the inaugural Manchester International Festival in 2007. In a repeat of the acclaimed performance by Peter Guinness, narrating Szpilman’s orginal text and Mikhail Rudy playing the ravishing music of Chopin, this moving account is a powerful story of suffering, strength and survival that gains extra resonance from the intimate surroundings of the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Everybody Loves a Winner Created by Neil Bartlett, Simon Deacon and Struan Leslie

A Royal Exchange Theatre / Manchester International Festival Co-production “You walk in, and there they all are, all these ladies, all dressed up ... all sitting there in complete silence ... I mean, you do sometimes wonder what’s going on inside their heads ...” The moment charismatic caller Frankeh enters the bingo hall, he's determined to give his ladies a great night out - problem is, the new manageress won’t stop banging on about profit margins and for every winner there just has to be a roomful of losers, but it's gotta happen, happen sometime, so maybe this time, it could be YOU in Neil Bartlett’s GLORIOUS, ALL-SINGING and ALL-DANCING devised collaboration with the Royal Exchange and Manchester International Festival.

The Theatre 1 July ~ 1 August

Half Price Previews 1, 2 July After Show Discussion Thursday 16 July Audio Described Performance Saturday 18 July at 4pm BSL Interpreted Performance Saturday 1 August at 4pm Back Stage Tour Wednesday 8 July at 11am

Did you know? In the last thirty years, the Royal Exchange building has undergone many extraordinary transformations - but never before has it been turned into a working bingo hall replete with chorus!

Exchange Education • Education Lounge Workshops • Community Project • Online Resources • Between The Lines Playreading Sessions

Think... ROAD meets PHOENIX NIGHTS

Manchester International Festival 2009: 2 - 19 July

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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0.0008 By Sonia Hughes Presented by the Royal Exchange Theatre and Weeding Cane “How many times a day are you remembered, do you think? What do people recall about you? Are they right? Does it matter? What if no-one has remembered you today or yesterday, what if we have all been forgotten by the end of tomorrow? Or next year, or fifty years or a thousand years? Does it matter?”

The Studio 8 ~ 18 July

Exchange Education • Pre-show Student Workshops • Workshop day for Adults • Teacher CPD

When the universe is a million million million million million miles edge-to-edge - or would be if it had edges - how come our own thoughts and feelings matter so much? How can life break our hearts? And how can the best moments last forever? Sonia Hughes turns The Studio into poetry in an attempt to find out in this MAGICAL, UNFORGETTABLE and UPLIFTING encounter. Did you know? 0.0008 and its unique combination of tiny stories, sparklers and paper aeroplanes started life at BLUE, The Studio’s annual showcase of new work.

The Studio Season Sponsored by

Think... DESERT ISLAND DISCS meets THE SKY AT NIGHT

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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Little Leap Forward Based on the book by Clare Farrow and Guo Yue Written and directed by Alison Duddle Designed by Bob Frith

The Studio 28 May ~ 13 June

A Creative Partnership between Horse + Bamboo Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, and Barefoot Books

Suitable for ages 8 +

“Wouldn’t you rather be free, just for a day, than spend a lifetime in a cage?”

Exchange Education • Schools workshops • Teacher CPD • Resources / Activity booklet for young people

Little Leap Forward tells the childhood story of internationally acclaimed Chinese flautist, Guo Yue, during the Cultural Revolution in China. It is Horse + Bamboo Theatre Company’s latest family show, following the award-winning IN THE SHADOW OF TREES, and is based on Guo Yue’s autobiography (co-written with Clare Farrow) published in 2008 by Barefoot Books. Did you know? Horse + Bamboo Theatre first produced IN THE SHADOW OF TREES in association with the Royal Exchange in 2005 which then went on to win Best New Play at the Manchester Evening News Awards in 2006.

The Studio Season sponsored by

Think... TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN meets LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Box Office 0161 833 9833 ~

Website royalexchange.co.uk

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The Studio. 9 ~ 10 March

The Studio. 12 ~ 14 March

Royal Exchange Education presents

lost dog theatre company presents

The Search Party

Love In (3) Parts

Young Muslim Playwriting Project

By John Shaw

Two evenings of exciting, diverse new writing

“Some days we are the birds in the sky and others we are the statues below them”.

Since September 2008 we have led taster workshops and one-to-one sessions with over 150 young Muslim playwrights, aged 16 - 25. Most had never before tried to write a play scene; all were keen to give it a try. We’ve held workshops at the Royal Exchange and in schools and community centres across Greater Manchester, and everyone who has taken part has been invited to submit their work to us.

lost dog theatre invite you to delve into the jaunty world of Claire and Paul as they try to progress from first date to last love. More akin to a live music video than a musical, lost dog have successfully blended together performance with live music, song and video to create a truly touching and unique take on an age old theme. ‘A wonderful show’ Yorkshire Post

We have put together two evenings of highlights presented as rehearsed readings by professional actors and theatre practitioners including Qas Hamid, Christine Hope and Sophia Rashid. The Search Party is supported by AGMA

Tickets £6.50 full price / £4 all concessions.

Tickets £9.50 / £6.50.


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The Studio. 20 ~ 21 March

The Studio. 25 ~ 28 March

Royal Exchange Education Young People’s Theatre Workshop presents

Coal in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre presents

The Missing Stories

The Fragility Of X

Created by the group Co-ordinated by Becky Prestwich

"It's ok, don't worry, we're fine, we're standing next to something so big, it makes you fall backwards."

How do stories find a home? Our regular group for 14 – 19 year olds has been meeting since Autumn 2008 to explore the creative and technical processes of making theatre. Through a programme of professional mentoring, workshops and ensemble-building sessions, they have developed skills in a wide range of theatre arts including writing, set design, lighting, sound design, performance and stage management. Inspired by Reinhardt Jung’s novel, Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories, the 30 group members have worked together to create this original piece of theatre.

When a woman and her teenage son reach breaking point, they set off on an extraordinary journey, away from their everyday lives and out, out, out into the world, where anything is possible. A beautiful and engaging work, unblinkingly unsentimental, funny, alarming and provocative. Developed by Manchester based theatre company Coal, in association with director John Wright from an idea by performer Annie Fitzmaurice. Suitable for ages 13+

The Young People’s Theatre Workshop is supported by The John Thaw Foundation.

Tickets £6.50 full price / £4 all concessions

Tickets £9.50 / £6.50.

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The Studio. 8 ~ 11 April

The Studio. 24 ~ 25 April

Dumbshow presents

Melanie Wilson presents

Clockheart Boy

A Simple Girl

Created by Dumbshow Written by Sam Gayton Directed by Michael Bryher

Written and performed by Melanie Wilson Co-Directed by Emma Benson Produced by Fuel

When a boy with no heart is washed ashore, the Professor and his creations vow to bring him back to life.

A thrilling and touchingly funny encounter with a self titled simple girl - at once mischievous flaneur, epic sentimentalist and grandiose fibber. Tales of glamorous peril jostle with a live soundtrack, executed by idiosyncratic heroine Melanie Wilson.

With wide-eyed wonder Clockheart Boy learns the joys of stargazing, dancing, romance and friendship. Yet he soon discovers that a shadow lies over this secluded castle in the form of the Professor’s daughter, who disappeared some years before. Following a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Cochrane Theatre, London, Dumbshow’s energetic ensemble revive their wholly imaginative tale, with an original script, story and musical score, perfect for all the family. "The performances are so tender, the characters can't fail to steal your heart.", The Guardian Suitable for ages 8+. Tickets £9.50 / £6.50. Under 13s £4.

A SIMPLE GIRL is a one woman trans-European adventure, that trips from glamorous intrigue through macabre curiosity to the lonely flight of lost love and a yearning to be something more, to be someone else. It was nominated for a Spirit of the Fringe and Best Actress award at the Dublin Fringe Festival. ‘Give this girl an audience and make her a star * * * * The Herald

Tickets £9.50 / £6.50.


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The Studio. 1 & 2 May~

The Studio. 4 ~ 7 May

The Kunda Sisters present

tutti frutti presents

Blue Black Sister

If Only The Lonely Were Home

Following a short extract showcased at Blue 6 last summer, The Kunda Sisters return to The Studio with the full length production of BLUE BLACK SISTER. Fusing dramatic spoken word, music, photographic image and digital film, BLUE BLACK SISTER takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through Blues and sadness, storms and pain, sensuality and new birth. BLUE BLACK SISTER is conceived and presented by three sisters developing new approaches to multi media performance. An Afrique Performs Production in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre

Tickets £9.50 / £6.50.

By Finegan Kruckemeyer Directed by Wendy Harris The Lonely hasn’t been seen for a long time. His house stands quiet, on the furthest edge of town. He won’t come out. So everyone brings to his doorstep the things they love; a photo of the wind, a song you sing in cars, a feeling of ferris wheels, some lightning in a jar. The Lonely is ignoring them all. But one girl stands at his door and won’t go away…. This fabulous new production, presented by the ever popular tutti frutti, tells a story of loss, loneliness and love. With beautiful movement and live music tutti frutti yet again bring their unique style to this new piece. Collaborating for the first time with Tasmanian-based award winning writer Finegan Kruckemeyer, this magical play promises to delight and engage children and grown ups alike. Suitable for ages 4 -7 and their families Tickets £9.50 / £6.50. Under 13s £4.

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Keep Up To Date Join The Virtual Exchange Visit the website royalexchange.co.uk. Download regular podcasts; join the e-newsletter for monthly bulletins and news; catch up on the latest blogs from cast and staff; under 25s can join the SMS list. Visit the Royal Exchange’s facebook and myspace pages.

The Studio. 21 ~ 23 May Starving Artists

Eat Me Written by Godfrey Hamilton Performed by Mark Pinkosh Directed by Jonathan Best A Queer Up North Production in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre “California! Where people come to reinvent themselves. The last thing we need is anyone from the past turning up, reminding us where we came from”

CHEEP Deals For Students And Everyone Aged 25 And Under… £4 tickets on HAPPY MONDAYS FREE Friday night entertainment with SPECIAL FX 50% OFF with STUDENT STANDBYS

Robinson roams the streets of Los Angeles through neon-soaked midnights and white-hot days. Why can’t he remember who he is?

£4 tickets from STUDENTBEANS.COM

Starving Artists’ productions bring a unique, sharply realised perspective to contemporary America. Their trademark combination of graceful writing and astonishingly vivid acting has won awards worldwide.

10% OFF Monday night DRINKS

“A truly remarkable seventy minutes of theatre” (Manchester Evening News on TAKE ME WITH YOU) Part of Queer Up North International Festival 2009

Join ROYAL TEXTCHANGE for more offers

Join CHEEP-E-NEWS for info and DISCOUNTS

£2 drinks during Friday nights with SPECIAL FX (5.30pm - 7pm) More details (with Terms & Conditions) at

Tickets £9.50 / £6.50.

royalexchange.co.uk/cheep


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...And Discover Things You never Dreamt 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 on: 0161 615 6721/0 Email on: 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, Crabtree North West Charitable Trust, The Co-operative, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, HBOS Foundation, HBOS Lex Leasing, John Lewis Partnership, John Thaw Foundation, Manchester Guardian Society, Norma Leigh Charitable Trust, N Smith Charitable Trust, One to One Children’s Fund, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ralli Solicitors


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Eating, Drinking... 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. BAR EXCHANGE is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am curtain up for coffees, pastries, light lunches and bar drinks. THE ROUND is open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and pre-show dinner with a menu that changes frequently to reflect seasonal ingredients. For reservations, call 0161 615 6666. Premium Packages £45 Make your Saturday night really special by upgrading your top price seats with a glass of bubbly, free programme and exclusive use of the EXCHANGE CLUB, the historic board room of the Cotton Exchange. Call Box Office on 0161 833 9833. Stay at the Midland Hotel £99 Make your weekend even more remarkable. Stay at the beautiful Midland Hotel for only £99 per room.This offer is available to Premium Package bookers on Saturdays until 31st December 2009. Call now on 0161 236 3333 quoting ‘Royal Exchange’, to book your room. (Subject to availability)


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…And Shopping Costume Hire 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 and amateur dramatic companies to hire costumes for all occasions. The department, situated in Swan Street, is open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, by appointment only (other times by prior arrangement), and customers can make an appointment by calling 0161 819 6660 or e-mail costume.hire@royalexchange.co.uk

Craft Shop The Craft Shop sells contemporary handmade crafts by both new and established makers working across the UK, as well as handmade greetings cards and stationery for every occasion. Commissions are welcome. They also offer a Wedding Account, Loyalty Scheme and Own Art, an interest free loan (Typical 0% APR.) Changing exhibitions are held in the Colonnade and in Craft Shop Gallery Corner in the Great Hall. The Craft Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am until the start of the performance, re-opening during the interval. Website royalexchange.co.uk/craftshop Call 0161 615 6767 Email craft.shop@royalexchange.co.uk.

Information Point The Information Point sells Royal Exchange gifts, books, posters and programmes, as well as providing information on the Theatre shows, building and the cultural life of Manchester. Drop in throughout the day to see one of our volunteers. 24 ~ 25


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Spend More Time at The Exchange... Special Fridays at the Exchange (SFX) Fridays at the Exchange are extra special with FREE entertainment from 6pm - 7pm and Happy Hour in the Great Hall Bar and Craft Shop from 5.30pm - 7pm. Free performances include music, comedy, dance, poetry and much much more. Expect the Unexpected. Visit royalexchange.co.uk/specialfx for this week’s performance. Theatre Lunches £35 Meet the Cast and Company, enjoy a delicious lunch created in The Round and help raise money for our Development Fund.

The Great Hall Home to the Theatre Module looking as if a space ship has landed in the grand Victorian Cotton Exchange, there’s plenty to do, day and night. As well as performances in the 760-seat Theatre and the 90-seat Studio, there are changing Exhibitions on the Mezzanine Gallery and Craft Shop Gallery Corner. Back Stage Tours £3 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.

Arnold Wesker and Denise Black at a Friends’ event

Become a Friend Friends enjoy meeting actors, directors and others with like interests, going backstage and volunteering within the Theatre itself. Call Janet Aslan on 0161 615 6786 Email friends@royalexchange.co.uk Ask at the Information Point


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Everyone Can Play A Part The Royal Exchange Theatre is a charity and relies on the generous donations from individuals and companies to continue its work on stage, in schools and in the community.

An Ensemble Piece The Royal Exchange Theatre has over 45 Corporate Exchange Club Members who enjoy a host of hospitality benefits, including access to the exclusive and historic Exchange Club. Companies have also supported the Theatre through: • Performance Sponsorship • Production Sponsorship • Funding a School or Community Project • Commissioning a Play • Payroll Giving • Supporting a Training Bursary • Studio Sponsorship • Fundraising Event Sponsorship

Did You Know.... Individual Roles Plaques Commemorate a friend, family member or special occasion with a permanent plaque on the back of a seat in the Theatre (£500) or on the floor of the Great Hall (£1000) Individual Giving And Membership Every donation helps. From £5 a month, regular donors can enjoy benefits such as priority information, special invitations, discounts, Backstage Tours and Backstage Newsletter, as well as programme acknowledgement. For further information, call Becky Rosenthal 0161 615 6752 Email becky.rosenthal@royalexchange.co.uk

If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donations to allow the Royal Exchange Theatre (registered charity 255424) to claim tax relief of 28p on every £1 that you give. Gift Aid doesn't cost you any more but makes a huge difference to the Theatre.

Entertaining And Conferences Businesses can hire rooms in the Theatre building for seminars, conferences and special events. Call Philip Lord on 0161 615 6733. Email philip.lord@ royalexchange.co.uk 26 ~ 27


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

The Royal Exchange Theatre offers you the chance to 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 £42) as well as huge savings on the best seats in the House (save up to £7.25 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 30. 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. Loyalty Cards: 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? We are currently raising funds to improve the front of house facilities. Make a donation to the Development Fund and we can claim an extra 28p for every £1 you donate, if you are a UK tax payer. Simply fill in the box on the Booking Form.

5-part Season Ticket includes: Macbeth, Widowers’ Houses, Haunted and Everybody Loves a Winner in the Theatre as well as 0.0008 in The Studio Price Band A B C D

Mon - Thu, Sat Mats £82.13 £67.13 £58.13 £49.13

Saving £27.38 £22.38 £19.38 £16.38

Fri & Sat £94.13 £77.63 £65.63 £52.13

Saving £31.38 £25.88 £21.88 £17.38

Wed Mat** £56.63 £50.63 £50.63 £49.13

Saving £18.88 £16.88 £16.88 £16.38

4-Part Season Ticket includes: Macbeth, Widowers’ Houses, Haunted and Everybody Loves a Winner. Price Band A B C D

Mon - Thu, Sat Mats £80 £64 £54.40 £44.80

**Weekday matinees in The Studio are on Thursdays at 2.30pm

Saving £20 £16 £13.60 £11.20

Fri & Sat £92.80 £75.20 £62.40 £48

Saving £23.20 £18.80 £15.60 £12

Wed Mat £49.50 £43.50 £43.50 £42

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Season Ticket Booking Form BOOK EARLY For Wednesday Matinee

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. Name:

Account No. (If known)

Address:

Postcode: Telephone:

Signature:

5-part Season Ticket - 25% OFF total ticket price (Includes ticket to Royal Exchange Studio Production) Macbeth, Widowers’ Houses, Haunted, Everybody Loves a Winner and 0.0008 Seating Area Row A 1st Gallery, Row D Stage Level Rows B, C, E, F, G Stage Level Row B 1st Gallery Row A 2nd Gallery

Mon - Thurs Eve & Sat Mat tickets tickets tickets tickets

£82.13 £67.13 £58.13 £49.13

Fri and Sat

£94.13 £77.63 £65.63 £52.13

Weds Mat tickets tickets tickets tickets

£56.63 £50.63 £50.63 £49.13

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£49.50 £43.50 £43.50 £42

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4-part (Theatre Only) Season Ticket - 20% OFF total ticket price Macbeth, Widowers’ Houses, Haunted, Everybody Loves a Winner Seating Area Row A 1st Gallery, Row D Stage Level Rows B, C, E, F, G Stage Level Row B 1st Gallery Row A 2nd Gallery

Mon - Thurs Eve & Sat Mat £80 tickets £64 tickets £54.40 tickets £44.80 tickets

Add THE PIANIST to your season ticket for only £20.25 (please write in number of tickets required. Price includes 25% discount)

tickets

£16.50

Fri and Sat

£92.80 £75.20 £62.40 £48 tickets

£13.87

I would like to make a donation to the Royal Exchange Theatre Development Fund of £ There is a cost of 50p when paying by credit/debit card. Please add this onto your GRAND TOTAL if applicable. Grand Total (season ticket plus donation payment if applicable) £

Weds Mat (25%) tickets tickets tickets tickets

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£10.88

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Payment I wish to pay £__________ by:

Mastercard Visa American Express Switch Cheque Card No. _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ Expiry Date: _ _ / _ _ Issue No. (switch only) ________ Valid from (switch only) _ _ / _ _ Total number of tickets requested ________

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.


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Seating and Tickets The Theatre:

The Studio: Second Gallery

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

Full price: £9.50 All concessions: £6.50 Under 13s: £4 Stage Level

How To Book: Box Office is open Monday - Saturday. 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 Eve Fri & Sat Eve Wed Mat £25.00 £29.00 £16.50 £20.00 £23.50 £14.50 £17.00 £19.50 £14.50 £14.00 £15.00 £14.00 £8.50 £9.50 £8.50

Sat Mat £25.00 £20.00 £17.00 £14.00 £8.50

The Pianist All perfs £27.00 £22.00 £18.50 £14.50 £8.50

£8.50

£8.50

By phone or fax: 9.30am - 6.15pm Box Office: 0161 833 9833 Group Bookings and schools: 0161 833 0483 Fax: 0161 615 6696 Minicom: 0161 615 6699 In person: 9.30am - 7.30pm (weekdays) 9.30am - 8pm (Saturdays)

Banquettes*: £8.50

£9.50

£8.50

Online: Book 24/7 at royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline*

*Banquettes available on day of performance only, from 9.30am

*There is a £2 transaction fee (not per ticket) to cover the costs to the service provider.

**ADD £1 TO HELP US MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR YOU A donation of just £1 on each ticket will help with planned improvements in the Great Hall, including improved access and facilities to ensure that the Royal Exchange Theatre is enjoyed by all. Please give generously to our Development Fund.

All prices, times and performance details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to change details if necessary. There is a 50p charge for using a credit/debit card.


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Discounts and Access Discounts (Theatre only):

Discount Restrictions:

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. (Not all discounts are available for THE PIANIST. Call for details)

Over 60s and unwaged: £3 off (Wednesday Matinee) £5 off (Saturday Matinee) NEW. Under 16s: HALF PRICE for all performances (except restrictions shown) Happy Mondays: Anyone aged 25 and under can get the best available seats for only £4. Only two seats per booking. Mondays only. Preview Tickets: Half Price Previews for all Theatre shows (not THE PIANIST). Check Diary for dates (HP) Groups (10+): Call 0161 833 0483 to save on all performances, except restrictions shown and Wednesday matinees. One FREE ticket per twenty seats. 10 - 20 seats 21 - 40 seats 41+ seats

save £2.50 per ticket save £3.50 per ticket save £4.50 per ticket

School Groups: limited number of tickets for schools for Monday - Friday evenings including Wednesday and Saturday Matinees - £8.50 with one teacher free per 10 pupils. Call 0161 833 0483. Full Time Students: Half Price standby tickets available on the day, except restrictions shown. Please note that, under the new SMOKE FREE law, performers on stage are exempt and there may be smoking in some of our productions.

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. Each production in the Theatre has an audiodescribed performance with a Touch Tour for the visually impaired. Programmes are available in Braille and large print, free of charge. We have infra-red assisted hearing facilities and offer BSL interpreted performances. We also welcome Guide dogs. This brochure and show programmes are available in large print, Braille, on CD and email formats from the Marketing Department on 0161 615 6784 or from marketing@royalexchange.co.uk 30 ~ 31


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February ’09

March ’09

The Theatre

Wed Thu Fri Sat

25 26 27 28

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm

The Studio

Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth

HP HP SFX/HP

The Theatre

Mon Tue Wed

2 3 4

Thu Fri Sat

5 6 7

Mon Tue Wed

9 10 11

Thu Fri Sat

12 13 14

Mon Tue Wed

16 17 18

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.

Thu Fri Sat

19 20 21

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

Mon Tue Wed

23 24 25

Train: Piccadilly Station is 15 minutes’ walk and Victoria Station is 10 minutes’ walk from the Theatre.

Thu Fri Sat

26 27

Mon Tue

PP

How To Get Here Two public entrances on Cross Street and in St Ann’s Square (with a lift to Box Office and open during performances). Parking Car parks at Market Place, High Street and MEN Arena. For details call Manchester Parking on 0161 234 4111.

Metrolink Tram: The nearest tram stop is Market Street, 5 minutes’ walk from the Theatre (down Market Street and turn left). More information on 0161 228 7811.

The Studio

7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth

30

4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm

Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth

31

7.30pm

Macbeth

28

PR

SFX PP The Search Party The Search Party

SFX

Love in (3) parts Love in (3) parts

PP

Love in (3) parts

SD TL/SFX PP

The Missing Stories The Missing Stories The Missing Stories

SFX

The Fragility of X The Fragility of X The Fragility of X

AD PP

The Fragility of X


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April ’09

May ’09

The Theatre

Wed

1

Thu Fri Sat

2 3 4

Mon Tue Wed

6 7 8

Thu

9

Fri Sat

10 11

Wed Thu Fri Sat

15 16 17 18

Mon Tue Wed

20 21 22

Thu Fri Sat

23 24 25

Mon Tue Wed

27 28 29

Thu

30

2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

The Studio

Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth

The Theatre

Fri Sat SFX BSL PP

Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth PP Widowers' Houses HP Widowers' Houses HP Widowers' Houses SFX/HP Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses PP Widowers' Houses PR Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses SFX Widowers' Houses AD Widowers' Houses PP Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses SD

1 2

Mon 4 Tue 5 Wed 6

Clockheart Boy Clockheart Boy Clockheart Boy Clockheart Boy Clockheart Boy Clockheart Boy

Thu 7 Fri 8 Sat 9 Wed Thu Fri Sat

13 14 15 16

Mon 18 Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu 21 Fri 22 Sat 23

A Simple Girl

Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27

A Simple Girl Thu 28 Fri 29 Sat

7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm

The Studio

Widowers' Houses TL/SFX Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses PP Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses Widowers' Houses SFX Widowers' Houses BSL Widowers' Houses PP Haunted HP Haunted HP Haunted SFX/HP Haunted Haunted PP Haunted PR Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted SFX Haunted Haunted PP Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted

7.30pm Haunted 30 4.00pm Haunted 8.00pm Haunted

SFX PP

Blue Black Sister Blue Black Sister If Only... 2.30pm If Only... 2.30pm If Only... 11.30am & 2.30pm If Only... 11.30am & 2.30pm

Eat Me Eat Me Eat Me

Little Leap Forward Little Leap Forward Little Leap Forward Little Leap Forward Little Leap Forward

PR


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June ’09

July/August ’09

The Theatre

Mon 1 Tue 2 Wed 3

7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm Thu 4 7.30pm Fri 5 7.30pm Sat 6 4.00pm 8.00pm Mon 8 7.30pm Tue 9 7.30pm Wed 10 2.30pm 7.30pm Thu 11 7.30pm Fri 12 7.30pm Sat 13 4.00pm 8.00pm Wed 17 8.00pm Thu 18 8.00pm Fri 19 8.00pm Sat 20 8.00pm Mon 22 8.00pm Tue 23 8.00pm Wed 24 2.30pm Thu 25 8.00pm Fri 26 8.00pm Sat 27 8.00pm

The Studio

Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted SFX Haunted AD Haunted PP Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted Haunted SD Haunted TL/SFX Haunted BSL Haunted PP The Pianist The Pianist PR The Pianist SFX The Pianist PP The Pianist The Pianist The Pianist The Pianist The Pianist SFX The Pianist BSL/PP

Little Leap...10.30am & 1.15pm Little Leap...10.30am & 1.15pm Little Leap...10.30am & 1.15pm Little Leap... 7.30pm Little Leap... 4.00pm Little Leap... 8.00pm Little Leap...10.30am & 1.15pm Little Leap...10.30am & 1.15pm Little Leap...10.30am & 1.15pm Little Leap... 7.30pm Little Leap... 4.00pm Little Leap... 8.00pm

HP = Half Price Preview, PR = Press Night, AD = Audio-described Performance, BSL = Sign-interpreted Performance, SD = After Show Discussion, TL = Theatre Lunch (12 noon), PP = Premium Packages available. Call Box Office for details. SFX = free entertainment and Happy Hour 5.30pm - 7pm

The Theatre

Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 4

Mon Tue Wed

6 7 8

Thu Fri Sat

9 10 11

Mon Tue Wed

13 14 15

Thu

16

Fri Sat

17 18

Mon Tue Wed

20 21 22

Thu Fri Sat

23 24 25

Mon Tue Wed

27 28 29

Thu Fri Sat

30 31 1

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 8.00pm

The Studio

Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves… Everybody Loves…

HP HP PR PP

SFX PP

SD SFX AD PP

SFX PP

SFX BSL PP

0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008 0.0008

PR


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