Made in Manchester: the Royal Exchange theatre at 45 – in pictures

The Guardian - Wed Sep 15 05:00

  • Vanessa Redgrave as Ellida in Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea at the Royal Exchange in 1978, designed by Laurie Dennett and directed by Michael Elliott.

    Photograph: Nobby Clark

    Vanessa Redgrave as Ellida in Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea at the Royal Exchange in 1978, designed by Laurie Dennett and directed by Michael Elliott.
  • Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, directed by Adrian Noble in 1980. It transferred to London’s Roundhouse in 1981.

    Photograph: Hulton Getty

    Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, directed by Adrian Noble in 1980. It transferred to London’s Roundhouse in 1981.
  • John Thaw in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 1988.

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    John Thaw in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in 1988.
  • Michael Sheen as Jimmy Porter in a 1995 production of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Greg Hersov. Hersov and Sheen did the play together again four years later at the National Theatre.

    Michael Sheen as Jimmy Porter in a 1995 production of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Greg Hersov. Hersov and Sheen did the play together again four years later at the National Theatre.
  • Maureen Lipman as Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals, directed by Braham Murray in 1996, the same year an IRA bomb was detonated close to the Royal Exchange, devastating the building and leading to the theatre’s temporary relocation to a market building in Castlefield.

    Photograph: Stephen Vaughan

    Maureen Lipman as Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals. 1996
  • Anthony Booth in Prize Night, written by Jim Cartwright and directed by Gregory Hersov, in 1999.

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    Anthony Booth in Prize Night, written by Jim Cartwright and directed by Greg Hersov, in 1999.
  • Tom Courtenay as King Lear, directed by Gregory Hersov in 1999.

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    Tom Courtenay as King Lear, directed by Gregory Hersov in 1999.
  • David Tennant as Edgar and David Ross as the Earl of Gloucester in Hersov’s King Lear in 1999.

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    David Tennant as Edgar and David Ross as the Earl of Gloucester in Hersov’s King Lear in 1999.
  • Clarence Smith and Oliver Milburn in Noël Coward’s Design for Living, directed by Marianne Elliott in 2002.

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    Clarence Smith and Oliver Milburn in Noël Coward’s Design for Living, directed by Marianne Elliott in 2002.
  • Paterson Joseph as Othello and Andy Serkis as Iago in a five-star production of Othello directed by Braham Murray.
  • Trevor Peacock in Hobson’s Choice in 2003.

    Trevor Peacock in Hobson’s Choice in 2003.
  • Andrew Garfield as Billy Casper in Kes, directed by Sarah Frankcom in 2004.

    Photograph: Jonathan Keenan

    Andrew Garfield as Billy Casper in Kes, directed by Sarah Frankcom in 2004.
  • Sarah Ball and Peter Polycarpou in All the Ordinary Angels by Nick Leather in 2005. Designed by Es Devlin and directed by Michael Buffong.

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    Sarah Ball and Peter Polycarpou in All The Ordinary Angels by Nick Leather in 2005. Designed by Es Devlin and directed by Michael Buffong.
  • Pete Postlethwaite as Prospero in The Tempest, directed by Gregory Hersov in 2007.

    Photograph: Jonathan Keenan

    Pete Postlethwaite as Prospero in The Tempest, directed by Greg Hersov in 2007.
  • Suranne Jones in the title role of Orlando by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl in 2014.

    Photograph: Jonathan Keenan

    Suranne Jones in the title role of Orlando by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl
  • Maxine Peake as Hamlet, directed by Sarah Frankcom in 2014.

    Photograph: Jonathan Keenan

    Maxine Peake as Hamlet, directed by Sarah Frankcom in 2014.
  • Maxine Peake in The Skriker by Caryl Churchill, directed by Sarah Frankcom as part of Manchester international festival in 2015.

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    Maxine Peake in The Skriker by Caryl Churchill, directed by Sarah Frankcom as part of Manchester International Festival in 2015.
  • Sondheim’s Into the Woods, starring Michaela Bennison and Gemma Page, directed in 2015 by Matthew Xia.

    Photograph: Jonathan Keenan

    Sondheim’s Into the Woods, starring Michaela Bennison and Gemma Page, directed in 2015 by Matthew Xia.
  • Don Warrington as King Lear in a 2016 co-production directed by Talawa’s artistic director, Michael Buffong.

    Photograph: Jonathan Keenan

    Don Warrington as King Lear in a 2016 co-production directed by Talawa’s artistic director, Michael Buffong,
  • Julius D’Silva as Max Bialystock, with the cast of The Producers in 2018, directed by Raz Shaw and designed by Ben Stones.

    Photograph: Johan Persson

    Julius D’Silva as Max Bialystock, with the cast of The Producers in 2018, directed by Raz Shaw and designed by Ben Stones.
  • Michael Buffong’s revival of Guys and Dolls in 2018, with Ashley Zhangazha, centre, as Sky Masterson.

    Photograph: Manuel Harlan

    Michael Buffong’s revival of Guys and Dolls in 2018, with Ashley Zhangazha, centre, as Sky Masterson
  • Phelim McDermott in Tao of Glass by McDermott and Philip Glass, part of Manchester international festival in 2019.

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    Phelim McDermott in Tao of Glass by Phelim McDermott and Philip Glass, part of Manchester International Festival in 2019.
  • View of the Royal Exchange’s distinctive ‘lunar module’ exterior, situated within a former commodity exchange.

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    View of the Royal Exchange’s distinctive ‘lunar module’ exterior, situated within a former commodity exchange.