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Frankcom bows out at Royal Exchange

Published: 2 March 2019

Sarah Frankcom is stepping down as artistic director of Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre to take up a new post as director of the drama school LAMDA.

She originally joined the Exchange as literary manager in 1998. In 2008, she was made joint artistic director before taking up her current position as sole artistic director in 2014.

Under her leadership, the Exchange has continued its support for the next generation of writers, actors, directors and theatre makers.

She said: “I can’t wait to see what the Exchange accomplishes next, and know that whoever the next artistic director is, they will be supported by the finest of theatre colleagues, artists and audiences."

Through her creative partnership with associate artist Maxine Peake, Frankcom has created Hamlet, Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Her recent productions have included Death Of A Salesman with Don Warrington and Our Town.

David Upton