Maxine Peake performs PB Shelley’s ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ at MIF July 12-14, 2013

Tickets are on sale at 10am tomorrow. More information on ‘The Masque of Anarchy’:

On 16 August 1819, riven by poverty and disaffected at the lack of assistance offered by the state, 60,000 Mancunians gathered at St Peter’s Field to campaign for parliamentary reform. People came in peaceful protest: men, women and children, carrying picnics and wearing their Sunday best — but that didn’t deter local magistrates from sending an armed cavalry to disperse the crowds and arrest the speakers, killing 15 protestors and injuring hundreds more.

A touchstone event in British history, the Peterloo Massacre and the outrage it spurred ultimately helped to bring about the formation of the trade union movement and the reform of parliamentary democracy. On hearing of the massacre, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley penned The Masque of Anarchy, an indelibly powerful 91-verse epic widely regarded as the greatest political poem in British history.

For MIF, actress Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk) and director Sarah Frankcom (Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Theatre) will deliver a haunting, provocative new interpretation of this landmark work, as relevant to post-riot, mid-recession Britain as it was when it was first written. The Masque of Anarchy will be staged in the atmospheric Albert Hall, mere steps from the site of the massacre itself.

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Event Information

Fri 12 July 9.45pm
Sat 13 July 9.45pm & 11pm
Sun 14 July 9.45pm

Albert Hall
Peter Street
Manchester M2 5QJ

Concessions £5 off

Limited availability for registered disabled, senior citizens, students, under 16s and jobseekers

£12 Greater Manchester residents

Limited availability for the lower waged, available on a first-come, first-served, honesty basis

Transaction fee applies

40 mins approx.

Source: quaytickets.ccom

Maxine Peake and Willem Dafoe join Manchester International Festival 2013 line-up

Maxine Peake will star in a stage adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy, which will directed by Manchester Royal Exchange’s artistic director Sarah Frankcom, as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Photo: Jonty Wilde

The production will be directed by Robert Wilson, whose work The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic featured at MIF in 2011 and also starred Dafoe.

MIF 2013 runs from July 4 to 21 and is financed by public subsidy from organisations including Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council as well as private sponsors. This year, ten new corporate sponsors are supporting the festival.

Alex Poots, MIF’s director, who announced the programme today, said: “From the outset of MIF our backdrop has been the city council here [Manchester City Council]. It’s thanks to them that we have been able to garner the support and confidence of private sector partners within the city and together with all of our partners we have created something that is much greater than the sum of all its parts.

He added: “I wasn’t going to say this, but I am. We are in such difficult times and for me the arts are more important than ever before. I know everyone is suffering cuts and it’s only fair, but to cut the heart out of this society is not the way to do it and I think the arts is part of the heart of that society.

“So I’m so grateful to everyone that has been generous to us and allowed us to commission great artists who can convey what they want to their audience. So it’s a heartfelt thanks to them.”


Tickets are on sale 10am, Friday 1st March via and on 0844 375 2013!

BAFTA TV Preview: The Village + Q&A with Maxine Peake, John Simm, Peter Moffat and John Griffin – book tickets now!

BAFTA TV Preview: The Village + Q&A

Mon 11 March at 6.30pm at Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA

Followed by a Q&A with John Simm, Maxine Peake and Peter Moffat and John Griffin

Written by Peter Moffat, The Village is an epic drama series starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century.

The camera never leaves the village. Births, deaths, love and betrayal, great political events, upheavals in national identity, ways of working, rules kept and rebellions made, sex, religion, class, the shaping of modern memory – all refracted through the lives of the villagers and the village. One man, Bert Middleton lives across the entire hundred years and his life story from boyhood to extreme old age provides the narrative backbone. His last great act of remembering is our way in to an examination of our recent past.