Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Victoria Woods at Royal Exchange


By Victoria Wood
Directed by Sarah Frankcom
Designed by James Cotterill  
The Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann’s Square
Thursday 5 December 2013 to Saturday 18 January 2014
Press Night: TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER at 7.30pm   

THAT DAY WE SANG – a play with music by Victoria Wood – comes to the stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from Thursday 5 December 2013 to Saturday 18 January 2014.   

The show has been reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space by BAFTA award-winning writer Victoria Wood -  one of Britain's best loved stand-up comedians, and creator of VICTORIA WOOD AS SEEN ON TV, DINNERLADIES and ACORN ANTIQUES: THE MUSICAL!  

THAT DAY WE SANG is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family. Set in the summer of ‘69, insurance clerk Tubby and secretary Enid are back on stage at the Free Trade Hall. Granada Television are recording a documentary celebrating the forty years since they first stood there as children, singing their hearts out with fellow school pupils and accompanied by the Halle Orchestra.   

This is the humorous, warm and uplifting story of two people who are trying to reconnect with who they were then and who they could be now. The show was commissioned for the Manchester International Festival 2011 and was one of the must-see events that year.   

The production will feature a 25-strong children’s choir, featuring youngsters from schools across Greater Manchester.   

Talking about the show, Victoria Wood said: 'It is a play with songs, and dancing and insurance men. It’s a love story – played against a background of The Wimpy, The Golden Egg, Piccadilly Gardens … it’s a very Mancunian story.'

The cast includes Dean Andrews, as Tubby, best known for his role as DS Ray Carling  in the BBC TV drama LIFE ON MARS and the spin-off series ASHES TO ASHES; and Anna Francolini, as Enid, who was last seen at the Royal Exchange in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. Her other stage credits include INTO THE WOODS (Royal Opera House), THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (Royal & Derngate, Northampton) and ONASSIS (Novello Theatre) and her film and TV  work includes TOPSY-TURVY and ROME.   

The cast also includes Sally Banks, Andy Brady, Faye Brookes, Joel Danziger, Craige Els, William Haresceugh, Darren Lawrence, Laura Medforth,  Aki Omoshaybi,  Kelly Price, Alex Starke and  James Quinn.   

The production is directed by Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom. Her recent RET successes include PUNK ROCK, WINTERLONG, THE LADY FROM THE SEA, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, MISS JULIE, BLACK ROSES: THE KILLING OF SOPHIE LANCASTER and OPRHEUS DESCENDING and THREE BIRDS. She also directed MASQUE OF ANARCHY, with Maxine Peake, for this year’s Manchester International Festival.   

The creative team is completed by James Cotterill (designer), Nigel Lilley (musical supervisor), Ian Townsend (musical director), Sammy Murray Brown (choreographer), Jeff Borradaile (choir master), Johanna Town (lighting designer), Peter Rice (sound designer), Sorcha Williams (associate sound designer) and Liz Stevenson (assistant director).

For further information please contact JOHN GOODFELLOW (Press & Communications Manager, Royal Exchange Theatre) on 0161 615 6783 / john.goodfellow@royalexchange.co.uk

Production photos for THAT DAY WE SANG will be available for download from the Royal Exchange Theatre Online Press Office from Monday 9 December 2013 at www.royalexchange.co.uk/press

Link to online information  http://tinyurl.com/pbu4ggu

THAT DAY WE SANG - Listings Information


The Royal Exchange Theatre presents


By Victoria Wood

Directed by Sarah Frankcom

Designed by James Cotterill

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Thursday 5 December 2013 – Saturday 18 January 2014

Evening Performance Times: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm (no performance Christmas Day)

Matinee Performance Times: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

Press Night: Tuesday 10 December, 7.30pm

Half Price Previews: Thursday 5 & Friday 6 December

Ticket Prices: From £10 (Concessions Available)

Cheap Seats: Tickets £6.00 for Students and 25-year-olds and under, Fridays only

Audio-described Performance: Saturday 4 January, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance: Tuesday 14 January, 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Friday 10 January, 7.30pm

Backstage tour: Wednesday 11 December, 11am

After-show Discussion with Director Sarah Frankcom: Thursday 9 January after 7.30pm performance

Box Office: 0161 833 9833.

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