West Side Story

West Side Story

11 April 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. Sarah Frankcom's revival of Jerome Robbins' popular musical has undoubtedly captured the attention of Manchester audiences, with the show's entire run selling out before opening night. However, the production has also secured a unique place in the West Side Story 'hall of fame' by being the first major professional [...]

Death Of A Salesman

Death Of A Salesman

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 16 October 2018. A travelling salesman no longer fit to travel. A home filled with consumer goods that break down before they are even paid for. A once green and leafy neighbourhood concreted over and crammed with new apartment blocks. Willy Loman's world has become one of increasing disappointment and insecurity, yet [...]

Happy Days

Happy Days

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 30 May 2018. Staging Samuel Beckett's Happy Days at the Royal Exchange, in the round, poses an obvious challenge - what to do about that "expanse of scorched grass rising centre to low mound". Director Sarah Frankcom must have been toying with several ideas initially, when tickets first went on sale only [...]

Our Town

Our Town

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 19 September 2017. The Royal Exchange's stage is crowded with people sitting around tables, chatting and waiting for something to start. Everyone is dressed as if they have just walked in off the street and it isn't obvious who are the audience and who are the cast. The setting is so mundane [...]