Manchester’s season of Shakespeare

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
RSC: The Taming of the Shrew at The Lowry
Image courtesy of Ikin Yum Photography.

10 September — 19 October 2019 Entrance is free

Shakespeare retellings and adaptations are popping up all over Manchester this autumn. We’ve got a musical take on the ‘star-crossed lovers’, a trio of outstanding performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company and a critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at the Royal Exchange.

& Juliet is a brand new contemporary musical that remixes the story of Romeo and Juliet. Less Romeo and more Juliet. Fresh, fast and with all of your favourite pop anthems, it imagines how Juliet’s life may have panned out if she hadn’t reached for the dagger. Glittering and fabulous.

In a satisfying contrast, Lucy Ellinson takes on the iconic role of Macbeth at the Royal Exchange. Directed by Christopher Haydon, this is an action-packed contemporary version of the bloodthirsty tragedy. With great reviews from the critics and a truly phenomenal cast, this promises to be an unmissable performance.

This season The Lowry will host three of The Bard’s most celebrated plays. Straight from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company will present As You Like It, Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew. Get your Shakespeare fix – this is a brilliant opportunity to see the Royal Shakespeare Company on The Lowry stage.

10 September — 19 October 2019 Entrance is free

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