Olivier award-winning production Rotterdam comes to Manchester for three nights on an extensive UK tour this week, visiting the Opera House from Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th June. Written by Jon Brittain, Rotterdam is a comedy based upon gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

Although serious issues are addressed, relevant now more than ever, the play has found praise for its humour and humanity. Brittain noticed a noticeable lack of plays that evolved around transgender stories, and addressed this within the writing process, conducting research revolving around the transgender community. He also discussed the show with different organisations such as charity Trans Media Watch, dedicated to improving any media coverage based on trans and intersex issues.

The play has earned Playwright, director and comedy writer Brittain a nomination for the Charlies Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, as well as the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Brittain has been involved in many productions, some of his other work includes the popular hit shows Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, along with its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Games Shows. Brittain is also currently keeping busy with commissions for HBO and the National Theatre, and is staff writer on Netflix’s programme The Crown and is also working on a musical adaptation of David Walliams’ book Billionaire Boy.


Rotterdam takes place at Manchester Opera House from Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th June 2019. Tickets are available here.

Words by Beckie Bold.

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