Maxine Peake’s play Queens of the Coal Age to get stage premiere

True story of four women who occupied Lancashire colliery in 1993 set for run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

A play by the actor Maxine Peake that tells the true story of four women who went underground to occupy a Lancashire colliery during a wave of mine closures in 1993 is to get its stage premiere in Manchester.

The Royal Exchange announced details of two 2018 projects involving Peake, an associate artist at the theatre. As well as her play Queens of the Coal Age, Peake will tackle Samuel Beckett when she stars in Happy Days as Winnie, determinedly cheerful despite being buried up to her waist and then her neck.

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