Monday, 11 March 2013

Manchester Royal Exchange: CANNIBALS


Directed by Michael Longhurst.  Designed by Chloe Lamford 
The Royal Exchange Theatre,
St Ann’s Square, Manchester. 
Wednesday 3 April – Saturday 27 April 2013

Rising young director Michael Longhurst is set to direct the Royal Exchange Theatre’s world premiere of Rory Mullarkey’s bold and thrilling new play CANNIBALS which runs from Wednesday 3 April to Saturday 27 April.  The play tackles big themes of love, death and consumerism in the 21st century. It sees its central character Lizaveta carried on a nightmare journey from a war-torn ex-Soviet state to the streets of Manchester.   Her simple farm life is ripped apart and she has to run. Her quest to start again leads her through mud and blood, past holy fools and icon painters, to things she has never imagined.

CANNIBALS is Manchester playwright Rory Mullarkey’s first full-length play. It was written while he was Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Exchange in 2011.  Director Michael Longhurst has recent credits which include Jake Gyllenhaal’s American stage debut in New York and the award-winning CONSTELLATIONS at the Royal Court and in the West End.
The cast includes Ony Uhiara, as Lizaveta¸ whose previous theatre credits include work for the RSC, The Royal Court and The Tricycle and whose TV credits include LAW AND ORDER, STOLEN, WHITE VAN MAN and CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

The cast also includes Simon Armstrong, last seen at the Exchange as CSM Rivers in THE ACCRINGTON PALS; Ricky Champ, whose TV credits include hit BBC comedy HIM AND HER; Tricia Kelly, whose previous RET credits include THE GATEKEEPER and Laurence Spellman, last seen at the Exchange in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Appearing alongside the cast is a 24-strong team of supernumeraries comprising local drama students and members of the theatre’s Friends Organisation.  The production is designed by Chloe Lamford and the creative team is completed by David Holmes (lighting), Peter Rice (sound), Simon Slater (composer) and Imogen Knight (movement).

More information available about this production at
Box Office: 0161 833 9833.


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