A new production of powerful Lillian Hellman play The Children’s Hour opens the Royal Exchange Theatre Company’s Spring / Summer 08 Season from Wednesday 5 March to Saturday 5 April.
Maxine Peake and Charlotte Emmerson star in this passionate drama of prejudice and paranoia set in a small-town American community. Written in 1933, the play’s central theme of a pupil accusing her teachers of an illicit affair, caused huge controversy when first performed.
The production is directed by Sarah Frankcom – recently appointed as a full Artistic Director for the Royal Exchange . Her previous RET credits include acclaimed productions of Rutherford And Son, On The Shore Of The Wide World (Olivier Award winning co-production with the National Theatre), The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, Mary Barton, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Bruntwood Playwriting Competition winner Pretend you Have Big Buildings.
Also featured in the cast are Jan Ravens (best known for her work on BBC TV’s satirical show Dead Ringers), Milo Twomey (seen recently as Lord Goring in the Exchange’s hugely successful production of An Ideal Husband) and rising star Kate O’Flynn who stars in the latest Mike Leigh film Happy Go Lucky.
The cast also includes Beth Cooke, Lorna Craig, Anni Domingo, Alice Haig, Lisa Livingstone, Kate O’Flynn, Niamh Quinn, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and June Watson.
The creative team is completed by Liz Ascroft (Design), Mick Hughes (Lighting), Pete Rice (Sound), Lea Anderson (Movement), Jan Haydn Rowles (Dialect Coach) and Rania Jumaily (Assistant Director).
Booking is now open. Either visit www.royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline or ring 0161 833 9833.