Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THURSDAY Theatre[.]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THURSDAY Theatre[.]

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THURSDAY Theatre / Rose Always opinionated and forthright, Dame Janet Suzman - one of the most respected classical stage actresses of our time - has been consistently vocal about the lack of roles for older actresses on the theatre stage. "There are no great parts for women who are older, no Lear, Hamlet, Othello roles," she said in 2015. "Older women are left with granny roles."

With that in mind, you can see why the 78-year-old South African/British actress was so enticed by her forthcoming role in Martin Sherman's play Rose, which opens at HOME this Thursday. The acclaimed play, written almost two decades ago, is an extended monologue that recounts the extraordinary life story of an 80-year-old, twice-widowed Jewish woman named Rose, including her childhood in a Ukrainian shtetl, imprisonment in the Warsaw ghetto, and passage on the Palestine-bound refugee ship Exodus in 1947. …

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