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Press release — 22 April 2013
TICKETS ON SALE FOR MACBETH PREVIEWS, MIF IN CONVERSATIONS
MACBETH PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVELY FOR GREATER MANCHESTER RESIDENTS
IN CONVERSATION EVENTS WITH DAVE HASLAM ON SALE
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Tickets go on sale this week for two preview shows for Macbeth at Manchester International Festival, starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth. The previews take place on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July.
Tickets for the two preview shows will be available exclusively to Greater Manchester residents and go on sale at 1pm on Tuesday 23 April. Tickets are priced at £65, with a number of tickets also available at £12 for residents on a lower wage and concessions at £10 off the full price.
A limited number of tickets for Macbeth performances throughout the Festival will also be released at the same time, including £12 tickets for GM residents.
Tickets for In Conversation events featuring Festival artists in discussion with DJ and author Dave Haslam are on sale from Tuesday 23 April. Artists in conversation include Neneh Cherry (7 July), Jamal Edwards (10 July), Rob da Bank & Kevin Cummins (19 July) and Delphic (20 July).
There are still a number of tickets available under the £12 scheme, as well as general tickets for a range of MIF13 events this July, including:
- Legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen
- Despacio, a new collaboration between James Murphy and 2ManyDJs
- New play The Machine, directed by Josie Rourke
- The Old Woman, starring Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov
- Massive Attack v Adam Curtis: “a collective hallucination”
- Maxine Peake in The Masque of Anarchy
- BBC Philharmonic performing new work by John Tavener
- Martha Argerich and Manchester Camerata
- Peter Sellars’ new staging of Shostakovich’s Michelangelo Sonnets
Tickets for the Macbeth previews and the In Conversation events featuring Neneh Cherry, Jamal Edwards, Rob da Bank & Kevin Cummins, and Delphic go on sale at 1pm on Tuesday 23 April via via www.mif.co.uk / 0844 375 2013. No per ticket booking fees, a oneoff transaction charge applies.
More info: Nadja Coyne, +44 (0) 161 817 4505 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Julia Gregg, +44 (0) 161 817 4538 / email@example.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
£12 TICKET SCHEME Q&A
Why are you selling some tickets at £12?
Over the whole Festival we have a range of ticket prices, including many low-priced and free events, but we realise that some of the Festival’s tickets are out of reach of some local residents on lower wages. This ticket scheme is a way to give more people in Greater Manchester a chance to experience more of their Festival.
Who is able to purchase tickets?
These tickets are aimed at Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage and are available to buy in two ways. Half will be available by phone on 0844 375 2013 on a first come, first served honesty basis. We will also be working with existing networks in Greater Manchester to identify communities and groups who qualify for this scheme; these residents will receive a promo code to purchase the other half of the £12 ticket allocation.
What is a lower wage?
The living wage outside London is benchmarked at £7.45 per hour or around £13,500 per year; we suggest anything around or below that would be a lower wage.
How can you stop the tickets being bought by GM residents who get a decent wage but don’t want to pay full price?
Half the tickets are available by phone on 0844 375 2013 on a first come, first served, honesty basis. We can’t control which Greater Manchester residents buy these tickets, but we would ask everyone to be honest – if you know you can afford the full price please leave the £12 tickets for someone who can’t. The other half we can control – these will be available to buy via a promo code scheme. We will be working with existing networks in Greater Manchester to identify communities and groups who qualify for this scheme and give them a code to purchase £12 tickets. Why don’t you sell them all via the promo code method so that you can control who gets them? We know that not all potential audiences for this scheme are connected to existing networks – we wanted to offer this opportunity to as many people as possible.
How can you stop the tickets being resold for much more than £12?
The £12 tickets will not be posted out and must be collected with photo ID at the venue box office by the purchaser. How many are available / available per person? It’s a proportion of the available tickets and depends on the size of the audience but it’s roughly 5% of the house. There is a limit of two £12 tickets per person across the Festival.
Previous Press Releases
Press release - 12 April 2013
ALEX KINGSTON TO PLAY LADY MACBETH OPPOSITE KENNETH BRANAGH
BRANAGH CO-DIRECTS WITH ROB ASHFORD
PLUS BIG SCREEN RELAY
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Press release — 28 February 2013
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 PROGRAMME
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