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Royal Exchange Stalybridge Festival

This August, enjoy two weeks of theatre at Stalybridge Civic Hall as part of a prestigious project with the Royal Exchange Theatre.

The Den at Stalybridge Civic Hall - Performance Dates  

The leading city-centre theatre are producing a two week festival of art and culture, from 12th to 25th August, as part of their three-year partnership with Tameside.

Highlights of the festival include performances taken directly from the Royal Exchange stage including “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” which uses modern technology to bring the early 19th century Luddites into the zero-hours era, to family story telling featuring former “Coronation Street” actress Julie Hesmondhalgh actress and family theatre.

This is in addition to performances by local favourites, Stalybridge Old Band and communities the Royal Exchange has worked with throughout the borough.

The full line up of events will be announced in the coming weeks.

For anybody wanting to tread the boards, workshops are taking place from 29 July in Dukinfield to create new pieces of theatre to be performed in the unique pop-up theatre – The Den.

Designed with the award-winning architectural studio Haworth Tompkins, The Den will sit within the civic hall, creating a space within a space where people can come to listen, share, learn and create.

Tickets will be available from a mobile box office on:

  • Friday 19th July at Stalybridge Civic Hall (3 to 6pm)
  • Saturday 20th July at Tameside One, Ashton (noon to 3pm)
  • Thursday 25th July  at Stalybridge Civic Hall (3 to 6pm)
  • Friday 26th July at Tameside One, Ashton (noon to 4pm)
  • Monday 12th August at Stalybridge Civic Hall (1 to 4pm)

The partnership between Tameside Council and the Royal Exchange began last year as part of an ambitious project known as Local Exchange. They have developed partnerships with schools and formed a team of ambassadors – made up of teachers, pupils and volunteers – to learn new skills, open up the work at the Royal Exchange to residents (via a free ticket scheme) or develop and plan ideas for a programme of cultural activities.