Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

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Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange Theatre is one of the highest quality producing theatres in Europe. Suspended from the pillars of Manchester’s former Cotton Exchange, the Theatre is one of the most iconic and unique performance spaces in the country and attracts international interest. The contemporary glass and steel structure encloses an auditorium seating 750 people set “in the round”, meaning that no matter where you are sat you are never more than nine metres from the action on stage.

The IRA bomb which decimated Manchester City Centre caused extensive damage to the Royal Exchange Theatre, forcing it to close for two years. When it opened it did so with a new free-form workshop and performance space, The Studio. Between the two spaces the Royal Exchange Theatre presents a high quality, thought-provoking and varied programme of both the Classical and Contemporary repertoire, with a strong commitment to championing new work. As a producing theatre, the Royal Exchange creates its own work, with almost all of our costumes, sets, lighting and sound designs crafted by our renowned creative teams.

As well as attracting some of the biggest names in British theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre is proud to be one of the leading centres in the country for nurturing new artistic talent, providing an important training ground for aspiring actors, directors, designers and playwrights.

Work on the stage is complemented by a highly sought after programme of education and outreach work across the North West, including the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester, half of which are placed within the 30 most deprived areas in the UK. We believe in the power of live theatre to aid personal education and development, and to help overcome a number of life-changing difficulties. This award-winning programme of work is just one of the ways that we ensure the Royal Exchange Theatre is accessible to everybody in the community.