Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Charity information

Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange Theatre (RET) is an award-winning producing theatre company founded in 1976 and housed in the Royal Exchange Building in the heart of Manchester city centre. The building has two theatre spaces – a 760 seat theatre module suspended from the pillars of the Grade II listed former Corn Exchange, and configured ‘in the round’, and a 90 seat Studio Theatre space.

Founded 1976

  • Mission statement

    Our focus is to extend our reach and develop a wider range of engagement opportunities for our audiences. We want to grow the numbers of people who see and take part in our work, as well as to extend the range of people who engage in our work in the building, in other spaces and digitally.

    The theatre-going audience in Manchester and the North West region has become ever more sophisticated and adventurous in its appetite for theatre over recent times. In the last 15 years, the theatre sector in Manchester has grown in quality and range, particularly with the arrival of the Lowry and Manchester International Festival. This growth and development has continued with a re-invigorated Contact, a new family focused venue, Z-Arts, the opening of HOME, bringing together the Library Theatre and Cornerhouse and a new multi arts venue, The Factory, due to open in 2019. A new theatre is being planned to be the future home of Oldham Coliseum and The Octagon, Bolton is also planning for capital improvements in the next few years. Outside London, Manchester now offers the most dynamic theatre programme in the country.

  • Aims

    Royal Exchange Theatre aims to:

    • Our mission is to inspire audiences by creating and presenting excellent work that brings together diverse approaches to storytelling in our unique spaces.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1976

    Registered Charity Number: 255424

    Board members: 20

    Full time staff: 200

    Part time staff: 300

    Volunteers: 50

    Phone number: 0161 615 6723

    Address: Royal Exchange TheatreSt Ann's SquareManchester M2 7DH

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