Manchester Theatre Awards

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Pete Ashmore (Samuel Bamford) in Manchester Sound: The Massacre by Polly Wiseman, directed by Paul Jepson

What's That Sound?

Three years in the making, Manchester Sound: The Massacre is the latest and last of the Library Theatre Company's site-specific productions before Home opens. Director Paul Jepson wants to maintain its essential elements of surprise and controlled anarchy but talks about some of the big themes the show explores.

Kevin Bourke

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Pinter pointers

As the Royal Exchange production of The Birthday Party approaches, beware the temptation to analyse Pinter.

Philip Radcliffe

Patrick Barlow

"Am I right, sir?"

The 39 Steps, still packing them in at the Opera House and all over the world, might be one of the most unlikely stage successes of the decade. We talk to its adapter Patrick Barlow.

Kevin Bourke

Max Webster

The Max Factor

How do you make To Kill A Mockingbird at the Royal Exchange relevant for a contemporary audience and for those who grew up loving the book?

Kevin Bourke

How the new theatre (left) should look, alongside the old library.

Oldham Coliseum's £5million offer

Oldham Coliseum could be moving house in the next five to 10 years: the Arts Council is offering £5million towards the cost of building a new theatre

Paul Genty

Fiona Gasper, Sarah Frankcom, Greg Hersov

Evolving revolution at the Exchange

Revolution rather than evolution seems to be the message – though looking at the new season, evolution looks somewhat to the fore. Whatever, changes are definitely underway at the Royal Exchange, and about time too, some might say.

Alan Hulme