Atri Banerjee will direct The Glass Menagerie at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, as part of Sarah Frankcom’s final season as the venue’s artistic director.
The Stage Debut Award winner will offer a “bold, new interpretation’ of Tennessee Williams” play, in addition to remounting West Side Story, originally directed by Frankcom.
The season opens with Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock, a play which examines Britain’s role in the slave trade and which won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2018. The production will be helmed by Death of a Salesman co-director, Miranda Cromwell.
Tim Foley’s 2017 Bruntwood award-winning play Electric Rosary will be staged in the studio, exploring the influence of artificial intelligence and the meaning of humanity, in a production directed by Elizabeth Freestone.
Royal Exchange Theatre’s joint artistic directors Bryony Shanahan and Roy Alexander Weise said: “The season is a powerful reflection of everything the Exchange has become in the last five years under Sarah’s leadership.
“It champions the importance of new plays and the power the playwright has to redefine our stories, it encourages artists to make work as scale and it highlights how valuable it is to support the future of our industry to be ambitious and brave in the work they make.”
“We are very excited to support and celebrate this season while we work towards creating our own,” they added.
Season at glance:
Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock
Directed by Miranda Cromwell
March 12 to April 4, with a press performance on March 17
West Side Story based on Jerome Robbins’ conception
Directed by Sarah Frankcom
April 18 to May 30, with a press performance on April 22
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Atri Banerjee
June 5 to July 4, with a press performance on June 10.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and adapted by Jack Thorne
Directed by Bryony Shanahan
July 9 to August 8, with a press night on July 14
Electric Rosary by Tim Foley
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
June 15 to July 4, with a press night June 18
Oh Mother by Rashdash
July 16 to August 1