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Ruth Madeley joins 53two


53two's latest patron, TV favourite Ruth Madeley
53two's latest patron, TV favourite Ruth Madeley

Years and Years and Doctor Who actress Ruth Madeley has joined Manchester theatre and arts venue 53two as its latest patron.

Ruth - born with spina bifida - joins as a series of renovations and upgrades get underway that will allow 53two to offer visitors a better experience.

Ruth said: “53two has always been very special to me, so to be a patron is a huge honour. 53two has always nurtured and supported under-represented talent, particularly disabled artists, and I am delighted to be playing a bigger part in its future."

Located in one of Manchester’s historic Grade II-listed railway arches, the building is getting get new ventilation and drainage systems. Plans include an improved backstage changing area and new retractable auditorium seating.

The work has been funded by Backstage Trust and the Baker Family Charitable Trust, with support from Closomat, and will be completed in time for the venue’s third birthday in May.

The latest phase of work is part of 53two’s mission to make theatre accessible to all. It follows the installation of a Changing Places toilet in December 2023, which is providing increased independence to anyone who may have limited mobility.

Simon Naylor, creative director at 53two, said: ‘‘The support and funding we’ve received have been incredible and have enabled us to progress the next phase of our plans. May 2024 marks our third birthday here and it feels like the perfect time to unveil a new and improved space. We are thrilled to have Ruth with us on the journey.’’ 


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