Three incredible directors make their Royal Exchange Theatre debuts in a season of brand-new productions of outstanding contemporary plays and enduring classics.

Two incredible plays, that have both shocked and entertained audiences across the generations, sit alongside a regional premiere and a world premiere in this Spring/Summer offering for Manchester audiences.

Classic plays are retold by directors with fresh perspectives, examining the continuing relevance of these important pieces of writing for audiences today while original new drama highlights how powerful playwriting is when scrutinising our world today.

Built by teams of innovative theatre artists, four extraordinary productions will take to the stage this Spring/Summer in the Royal Exchange’s unique theatre.

  • The first play for 2024 is the World Premiere of Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s stunning new play, and 2019 Bruntwood winner SHED: EXPLODED VIEW directed by Atri Banerjee. A devastating and delicately woven play that pushes at the boundaries of theatre.


  • Shelagh Delaney’s iconic play is one of the most famous explorations of working-class life in the northwest of England. A TASTE OF HONEY makes a welcome return to Manchester in Emma Baggott’s new production of this stunningly observed play.


  • SWEAT won playwright Lynn Nottage the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. This powerhouse of American drama receives its UK regional premier at the Exchange this April. Set in a post-industrial city this extraordinary examination of friendship and working life is directed by Jade Lewis.


  • Oscar Wilde is synonymous with sharp observations of human life; his writing has endured since 1893 and in Josh Roche’s brilliant contemporary new production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTwe see just how relevant his work still is. A beautiful, bold and utterly extravagant comedy, this production is the perfect place to ‘be seen’ this summer.


  • The Royal Exchange makes theatre as affordable and accessible as possible withSeason Tickets – that’s 4 shows starting at £69.75, Pay What You Can tickets available on every show, Under 30s and the Exchange’s legendary Banquette Seats for £10.


  • Directors Emma Baggott, Jade Lewis and Josh Roche all make their Royal Exchange Theatre debuts this spring/summer. And Atri Banerjee makes a welcome return with his third production for the Theatre.


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