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Royal Exchange Manchester announces 2022 season including Red Velvet and Sarah Frankcom


Manchester’s Royal Exchange have unveiled their 2022 season.

Led by joint art directors Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan, the season opens with a new production by Stef Smith Nora: a doll’s house (which had its original race disrupted by the pandemic in 2020). Reinventing Ibsen, Shanahan is leading the production which runs from March 4 to April 2, 2022.

After that, Jaz Woodcock-Stewart (Civilization) will conduct the 2017 Bruntwood Prize Judges’ award-winning play Electric rosary by Tim Foley, which features robot nuns and explores belief in an age of rapidly changing technology. When he received the award four years ago, Judge Russell T Davies said: “I love this piece, it’s such a radical blend of old, ancient and modern traditions colliding with brand new technology. And for a play that might seem experimental – this is I have a robot nun! – the writing is actually tender, honest, and insightful.It’s a beautiful examination of faith no matter what you believe in. “

Weise to Direct New Revival of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Award-Winning Play Red velvet, based on the life of Ira Aldridge. It is played from May 27 to June 25, 2022.

Atri Banerjee (Prejudice) will return to direct a new Tennessee Williams production ‘ Glass factory, from September 2 to October 8.

After that, Shanahan will direct the postponed revival of Lindqvist’s Jack Thorne adaptation. Leave the one on the right in. The beloved vampire story is played from October 22 to November 19.

To close the year, former artistic director Sarah Frankcom will direct Betty! A kind of musical, with Maxine Peake and Seiriol Davies. The play celebrates the life of Dewsbury-born Betty Boothroyd, the first female Speaker of the House.

Shanahan and Weise said, “What we love about this program of work is that it’s hard to put it in a box. We wanted to shape a year that really has something for everyone, to create so much. of opportunities as possible for audiences across Greater Manchester to come and experience incredible plays.These productions celebrate how vast and universal theater can be, how joy and laughter come together alongside heart-wrenching emotions – and the fact that we all get to share this roller coaster of a journey together can never be underestimated again after the past 18 months.

“We are delighted to bring together a brilliant team of artists to work on huge centuries-old stories like that of Ibsen. The doll house and Tennessee Williams’ Glass factory and see what new perspectives contemporary artists – Stef Smith, Atri Banerjee, both of us – can find for today in these epic pieces. At The Exchange, we’ve always championed new writing, so we can’t wait to stage Tim Foley’s Bruntwood play about Robots and Nuns, as well as a truly original new musical genre inspired by Maxine’s Betty Boothroyd. , Seiriol and Sarah.

“This program is for everyone to find something for themselves, it breaks the old and the new so that we do something new, thoughtful and relevant to our world today. It is an opportunity. for all of us to share stories, perspectives and just something incredibly special experiences together. What we all need is a little fun, and we hope that the next 12 months to come. ‘Exchange will bring exactly that. “

The venue will be committed to caring for afro and multitextured hair, with a series of educational shorts released in April and created by Exchange’s head of wigs, hair and makeup, Joanna Shepstone, and consultant and co-hairstylist. creator Gege Uboma of The Afro. Coach curly hair. His pop-up space, The Den, will also appear in Cheetham Hill.

The Bruntwood Prize will also return from January 2022.

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