Royal Exchange Theatre announces Autumn-Winter 2018-19 season

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, has this morning announced full details of it Autumn-Winter 2018-19 Season, which includes two World Premieres, new productions of two landmarks of Twentieth Century drama, and one of the most successful stage musicals of all time.


Jade Anouka – QUEEN MARGARET – Image by Lee Baxter


The season will open with the World Premiere of Jeanie O’Hare‘s thrilling new historical drama, Queen Margaret, which runs in The Theatre from 14 September to 6 October 2018, directed by Elizabeth Freestone and starring Jade Anouka.

Created with original Shakespeare text, Queen Margaret sees O’Hare retell The Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou.


Hungry for power and angered by their King, the men of Henry VI’s court plot and scheme against each other. As the King wavers and factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold onto power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son. 


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Don Warrington – DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Image by Lee Baxter


The season continues with a new production of Arthur Miller‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, which runs in The Theatre from 11 October to 17 November 2018.

Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom will direct a cast starring Don Warrington as Willy Loman and Maureen Beatie as Willy’s loyal and loving wife, Linda.


Willy Loman is an ordinary man, he’s the New England man, he’s well-liked. For thirty-six years he’s been on the road, paying his way and one day he’s going to come good. When his son Biff returns home, suddenly things are looking up. Because you reap what you sow, right? Death of a Salesman is devastating classic about striving for what’s out of reach and the downfall of the American Dream.


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THE PRODUCERS – Image by Lee Baxter


Following the sell-out success of Sweet Charity and last year’s Guys and DollsMel Brooks‘s hilarious, record-breaking juggernaut, The Producers, will take this season’s Christmas Musical slot, running in The Theatre from 30 November 2018 to 26 January 2019, directed by Raz Shaw.

The creative team will include: Musical Director, Caroline Humphris; Choreographer, Alistair David; Designer, Ben Stones; Lighting Designer, Jack Knowles; and Sound Designer, Carolyn Downing.


Theatre Producer Max Bialystock has a string of failures in his wake. But his downtrodden accountant Leo Bloom thinks that could be a good thing, a producer could make more money with a dud than a hit.

They set out to find the worst script, the worst director and the worst actors in the industry, produce the biggest flop in Broadway history, and make a heap of cash in the process. What could possibly go wrong?


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Julie Hesmondhalgh – MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN – Image by Lee Baxter


From 8 February to 2 March 2019, the Royal Exchange will present the Royal Exchange Theatre and Headlong co-production of Bertolt Brecht‘s landmark anti-war drama, Mother Courage and Her Children.

translated by Anna Jordan.

Directed by Amy Hodge, from a translation by Anna Jordan, the production will star Julie Hesmondhalgh as Mother Courage.


War rages over decades, but it’s business as usual for Mother Courage. She roams the grid from one army camp to another, her ragtag offspring in tow. Boots, beer, drugs, guns – anything a soldier desires can be bought off the back of MC’s cart. 

She’s determined to turn conflict into capital. But what will it cost her? 


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The Autumn – in both The Theatre and Studio – the Royal Exchange will present the World Premiere of new play cycle, The Mysteries, which runs from 25 October to 11 November 2018, developed by Sam Pritchard and Chris Thorpe.


A fort on a hilltop, a landowner’s estate, a tourist information office, a bird sanctuary, a re-developed factory, a public square, silent and remembering. Chris Thorpe’s cycle of six new plays explores the landscapes that surround us and how we live with each other.

In this ambitious production by Sam Pritchard, each of the six parts of The Mysteries will be made and premiered in the place it was written. During its run in Manchester, two day-long performances of the whole cycle will take place in the Royal Exchange Theatre space.


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