Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to experience some truly memorable theatre while on visits to the city of Manchester.
Believe me, seeing Kenneth Branagh lead a stellar cast as MACBETH was staged in an abandoned church, and being totally enthralled in a play all about the greatest chess player of all time in THE MACHINE are not things you forget in a hurry.
However, it was on my most recent trip to Manchester – in December 2014 – that I experienced yet another remarkable element to the Theatre scene in this beautiful City.
When one of my closest friends (who also took me to The Machine and Macbeth!) told me that, while on a visit to her home town, we would be going to see a show at The Royal Exchange Theatre, I was extremely intrigued. She had mentioned this theatre as one of her all time favourites on a number of occasions, mentioning in particular the
uniqueness of the performance space.
And as we arrived outside the theatre, my curiosity continued to grow.
Yes – it certainly was a beautiful building, a mix of the old and the new in the heart of the city. But in my head – I had already pictured what it would be like when we got inside.
However, nothing could have prepared me for what greeted me when I actually did step in. Never have what I expected something to be like, and what something was actually like been MORE different!
I cannot say enough good things not only about the show, but also about this beautiful venue and everyone who works there – especially as they were so gracious, patient and friendly dealing with this non-Mancunian who kept losing her way!
I would encourage every single one of you to visit the Royal Exchange Theatre as I can guarantee it will be one of the most unique theatre experiences you will ever have. It was one of my 2014 Theatre highlights and I certainly can’t wait to get back there!
Signing off for now
Blue Eyed Girl Xxx