Manchester International Festival 2013 Full Programme Announced


Manchester International Festival, the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events presented biennially, has this morning announced full details of their programme for the 2013 festival which runs from 4 to 21 July 2013.

Festival highlights, which will join the previously announced, and now sold out production of Macbeth starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, as well as Massive Attack v Adam Curtis and The xx in residence, include:

The Machine – A new play about chess player Garry Kasparov’s battle with the supercomputer Deep Blue, written by Matt Charman and directed by Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke.

The Old Woman – A new adaptation of the Russian novel of the same name, starring Willem Dafoe and Russian dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov and directed by avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson

The Masque of Anarchy – Sarah Frankcom’s new solo version of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s political poem, written about the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, to be staged in a former chapel next to the site of the massacre and starring Maxine Peake.

The Rite of Spring – A reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s masterpiece by Provocative Italian director Romeo Castellucci, featuring a 100-piece orchestra and performed in the derelict Mayfield railway depot to mark the dance work’s centenary.

Tickets are currently on sale for MIF member and will go on general sale from 10am on Friday 1 March.

Box Office: or 0844 375 2013.

£12 tickets available for every show for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage, available on a first come first served.

To view the full brochure and to book tickets, please click here.