Maxine Peake learns How To Hold Your Breath at Royal Court

Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake returns to The Royal Court to appear in Zinnie Harris’ How to Hold Your Breath.

Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, this darkly witty and magical play dives into recent European history to provide an epic look at the true cost of our principles and how we live now.

Maxine Peake has recently won critical acclaim for a radical re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Manchester Royal Exchange.

She has built a formidable reputation as a stage and screen actress and also an emerging playwright.

Well known for her roles in BAFTA nominated TV dramas such as Silk, The Village, The Street and Shameless, her extensive theatre credits also include Mother Theresa is Dead at The Royal Court, The Cherry Orchard, The Relapse and Luther all at The National Theatre.

In 2014 Peake wrote her first radio play Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and subsequently adapted and produced at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Peake is also appearing in two films in Spring 2015, Hamlet (filmed during its run at the Royal Exchange) and Carol Morley’s black comedy The Falling.

Her previous film work includes Private Peaceful, Run and Jump, Keeping Rosy and The Theory of Everything.

The production will be directed by the Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone, premiering on February 4 at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

*But ahead of How to Hold Your Breath Katie Mitchell, Duncan MacMillan and Professor Chris Rapley’s dynamic collaboration on climate change,2071, returns, due to popular demand, for just three performances.

2071 had an original sell-out run in November. It aims to present what science can tell us about our climate – past, present and future – and what options lie before us.

Scientist Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at University College London and Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership, writer and director Duncan Macmillan and director Katie Mitchell will unwrap this complex and contested issue in a unique piece of theatre.

2071 runs from January 23-24. How to Hold Your Breath will play from February 4-March 21.

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