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MIF Macbeth Preview Tickets For Manchester Residents

Tickets go on sale this week, including special low wage tickets...

Published on April 22nd 2013.

MIF Macbeth Preview Tickets For Manchester Residents

TICKETS go on sale this week for two preview shows for Macbeth at Manchester International Festival (MIF), starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth.

The aim of the lower priced tickets is to appeal to local residents on lower wages and therefore give more people in Greater Manchester a chance to experience MIF.

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 Greater Manchester residents.

The aim of the lower priced tickets is to appeal to local residents on lower wages and therefore give more people in Greater Manchester a chance to experience MIF. Lower income is said to be any wage around or lower than £7.45 per hour or £13,500 per year.

With half the tickets available by phone on a first come, first served, honesty basis, there is of course the worry that residents on salaries above the lower wage bracket will snap them up anyway.

However, a MIF spokesperson said: ‘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 of tickets available will be available to buy via a promo code scheme.

A MIF spokesperson said: ‘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.’

Neneh Cherry

Tickets for In Conversation events featuring festival artists in discussion with DJ and author Dave Haslam are also 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 events across the festival.

Visit www.mif.co.uk for details.      


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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Manc GuyApril 22nd 2013.

WTF MIF? I’d be well hacked off if I bought tickets for the sell-out opening night, only to find that they’ve now added two new dates immediately before it.

What on earth is a ‘preview show’ anyway? Why not call it ‘two extra dates’ instead?

I see they’re going with the ‘honesty’ approach of Manchester residents only and you only pay £12 if you can’t afford £65!!! They'll be the hottest tickets in town that month. I'm all for appropriate discounting, but it was five quid off for the unwaged last time. Being able to buy one for less than 20% of the full price, by just asking, is really unfair on those that have paid full price.

melodyApril 24th 2013.

Knowing where the performance is taking place the £12 ticket is for the local residents who live near by who cannot afford to purchase the full price as it is way beyond their means and MIF have acknowledge it would be a shame for massive performance like this not to be viewed by those that live closest. would you rather local people see it or those that rock up, watch then head back to London -

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Manc GuyApril 24th 2013.

I don't care who sees the show, as they were sold out on a first come first served basis over the phone, but I do care that the folks at MIF have got this very wrong. I'd say 50% off a ticket at the most is acceptable, but it should be a face to face sale only, at a convenient and central location in the city centre. The buyer should provide a/ ID, b/ proof of address and c/ proof of income, and...only be allowed to buy one ticket.

Is there anything not fair about the above?

I ask because I KNOW FOR A FACT that some people have purchased tickets yesterday that live in a big house and earn far more than me between them. Despite their financial situation, they told Quay Tickets that they earned less than £13,500 per year!!! Neighbours of mine by the way.

Well done with that 'honesty' policy MIF!!!

If this event does actually take place at [the so far rumoured] St. Peter's Church in Ancoats, then I'd say there's plenty of people that live in the local apartments that can afford to pay £65.

Hmmm...if it is at that location, I wonder what the luvvies, press, critics, theatre goers, Southerners and toffs will make of Ancoats!

It's not my thing, but I'd be well p***ed off if I'd have paid £65 for a ticket.

Darren HayesJune 20th 2013.

Manc Guy: Pray tell, how is it the fault of MIF that certain people are not 'honest'? You do realise that lies were invented far before the International Festival was, don't you. Ridiculous comment, ridiculous complaint.

AnonymousApril 26th 2013.

Flipping heck Manc Guy, there are more important things to get so aerated about on other people's behalf.

Jonathan SchofieldApril 26th 2013.

As an editorial policy I don't allow writers on Manchester Confidential to complain about London, to whinge about the North South divide, to generally flaunt a chip on the shoulder. It makes the city look pathetic. It's unworthy of Manchester. MIF is superb by the way. Just sayiny.

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Manc GuyApril 26th 2013.


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