If you pay attention to the Laurence Olivier Awards or the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, you’d be led to believe theatres only exist in London (or maybe, at a push, Edinburgh). But there are outstanding theatres all across the UK and one of my favourites (if not my favourite) is the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Perhaps I’m biased, but the productions are outstanding, particularly the sets. The Royal Exchange is an in-the-round theatre, with the audience at a complete 360 of the stage, and what makes the exchange so special is that it is an incredibly intimate set despite being inside the divine architecture of the grand former exchange building (complete with the old trading boards).
I have seen a variety of plays here, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Pinter, Tennessee Williams and novel adaptations such as To Kill A Mockingbird with all the sets and props you can think of…
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