Mike Leigh’s historic drama Peterloo to premiere in the same place the 1819 massacre took place 

Maxine Peake (above) stars as one of the 80,000 Northerners who gathered in August 1819

Maxine Peake, the star of Mike Leigh’s new historical drama Peterloo, addressed a Manchester crowd gathered to pay tribute to the film’s bloody political battle.

Peake, 44, made an impassioned speech to crowds gathered to commemorate the massacre which occurred on the same date and in the same place, 199 years ago.The English actress, who stars as Nellie in the film, called the massacre ‘an outrage of which humanity recoils with horror and which is a foul stain upon our national character [ . . . ]

'How inspired and generous of the Festival to screen Peterloo in Manchester, where it all happened! I'm truly delighted!' Mike Leigh, who is a native of Salford, said
Director Mike Leigh

Source: Mike Leigh’s historic drama Peterloo to premiere in the same place the 1819 massacre took place | Daily Mail Online

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