News Published 15 November 2011

Manchester Royal Exchange Announces 2012 Season

Maxine Peake to star in Strindberg’s Miss Julie.

Rosanna Hall

Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange in Manchester, has announced details of the theatre’s spring/summer season for 2012.

The season kicks off in April 2012 with Matthew Dunster’s new stage version of Alan Sillitoe’s Nottingham-set novel of the 1950s, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. This will be followed later in the month by a production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, in a new version by David Eldridge. Maine Peake, who recently starred in Sarah Helm’s semi-autobiographical play, Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre, will take the title role and Sarah Frankcom will direct.

In May, Greg Hersov will direct Oscar Wilde’s first play Lady Windermere’s Fan, and the season will conclude in July with a collaboration between Filter Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This production marks the theatre’s continuing relationship with the Lyric Hammersmith; past co-productions include Vivienne Franzmann’s Mogadishu and Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock.

In July the theatre will also play host to the Truth About Youth, a festival of young people’s theatre which will run from the 16th to the 29th and include city-wide creative collaborations and newly commissioned theatre, in an effort to challenge and change prevailing attitudes to young people.

The Royal Exchange’s current production is Frankcom’s “tender, uplifting” revival of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.

For further details of the 2012 season and tickets, visit the Royal Exchange website.


Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine



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