Peake joins Royal Exchange as associate artist

British actress Maxine Peake will join the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as associate artist, it was announced today.

Peake, who is known for her acclaimed performances on TV and film, will also star as Hamlet in the theatre’s radical reimagining of the Shakespearean classic to be directed by RX artistic director Sarah Frankcom.

Peake has taken on leading roles in popular UK TV dramas Silk, The Village and The Devil’s Whore, and recently performed a sell-out reading of Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy at the 2013 Manchester International Festival.

She will take up her new post as associate artist in autumn 2014.