Braham Murray and the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

28th June 2011



The joint-artistic director of the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, who has just announced his retirement from the job (but not directing), talks to David Chadderton on the telephone about a career spanning four decades as a leading light in the theatrical life of the city, in a tale whose proudest moment was leading the rebuilding of his venue after it was almost destroyed by an IRA bomb. Recording quality: variable. Recorded: 28 June 2011.

At the beginning, we had no idea it would be the Royal Exchange – we were looking for a temporary location. Then we saw this vast space for an astonishingly small amount of money…