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Maxine Peake as Winnie. Credit: Johan Persson.

Happy Days

Making Maxine Peake an Associate Artist of the Royal Exchange has enabled a growing creative partnership with Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom, in which both actor and director are given freedom to explore the boundaries of their disciplines. After...

Kirsty Bushell (Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya) and Jude Owusu (Yermolai Alekseyevich Lopakhin) Credit Liam Bennett.

The Cherry Orchard

At a time when Cold War rivalries are re-emerging, we could once again be facing a period of history where Russia appears a very different land. A new translation of Chekhov’s final play, The Cherry Orchard, by Rory Mullarkey promises to be truer to...

Sweet Charity

The Royal Exchange likes to put a twist on the usual Christmas cheer with its festive production. So it is with its choice for this year, Sweet Charity, a musical whose innocent title belies a seedy world of lap dancing clubs, domestic violence and...

Night Watch

The Night Watch

Sarah Waters’ Second World War tale, The Night Watch, has already won critical acclaim – first as a novel in 2006 (being shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes), and later as a BBC drama. Hattie Naylor’s stage adaptation...

Julie Hesmondhalgh in Wit


It’s rare to see a spontaneous standing ovation at the Royal Exchange. I think this is partly because the intimacy of the space means the cast can see the audience clearly and those on the banquettes end up almost sharing the stage with the actors...