Avalanche: A Love Story

Starring Maxine Peake

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Maxine Peake stars in one woman’s compelling story of hope and longing.

When a woman rekindles an early love in her late 30's her whole life changes. Deeply in love, and full of shared commitment, she and her new husband want a child together and they make an appointment at an IVF clinic. So begins her courageous journey of medical processes and personal rituals; her raw emotions oscillate between high hopes and deep doubt.
Praised for her ‘capacity for emotional directness and a fierce, uncensored honesty’ (Guardian), Maxine Peake (Hamlet, Funny Cow, Happy Days) is a prolific theatre, television, film actor and playwright.

Inspired by Julia Leigh’s true story, this new play is a powerful, riveting and honest exploration of who we are and how we love, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins/no interval
Age guidance: 14+

Tue 7 May
Post-show talk with Maxine Peake and Director Anne-Louise Sarks

Free to same-day ticket holders

Thu 9 May
Captioned performance

Fri 10 May
Audio-described performance


Produced by Barbican Theatre Productions and Fertility Fest

Co-produced by Audible and Sydney Theatre Company

With the support of the Australian High Commission in London

Reduced price preview performances 27–30 Apr: 
£3 off top three ticket prices (£16–57*)

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‘With searing intelligence and unflinching emotional clarity, Julia Leigh lays bare the exacting nature of desire. Avalanche is consummately ravishing‘
Tracy K. Smith, US Poet Laureate on the memoir Avalanche
‘Maxine Peake is mesmerising‘
Stage (Happy Days at Royal Exchange, Manchester)
‘Examines unspeakable things and, by speaking of them honestly and clearly, renders them quietly luminous and bright‘
‘This is a fine performance that confirms Peake's capacity for emotional directness and a fierce, uncensored honesty‘
Guardian (Hamlet at Royal Exchange, Manchester)
‘Maxine Peake has star quality, no question‘
Telegraph (Hamlet at Royal Exchange, Manchester)



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