Royal Exchange Theatre

Susie Stubbs
Photo of the interior of the Royal Exchange
Photo: Joel Fildes.

Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH – Visit Now

The Royal Exchange is a former trading hall that became a theatre back in 1973. It was severely damaged by the 1996 IRA bomb that ripped the heart out of Manchester’s city centre, underwent a £32m redevelopment and reopened two years later with its seven-sided glass and steel theatre-in-the-round fully updated too. This innovative performance space squats inside the Victorian Great Hall a little like an alien interloper making the Royal Exchange is one of the most celebrated theatres in the country, highly regarded for both new writing and its take on the classics. It also houses a smaller Studio performance space, cafe and bar, as well as a small shop.

  • St Ann’s Square
  • Manchester
  • M2 7DH
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 9:30am – 7:30pm
  • Tue: 9:30am – 7:30pm
  • Wed: 9:30am – 7:30pm
  • Thu: 9:30am – 7:30pm
  • Fri: 9:30am – 7:30pm
  • Sat: 9:30am – 7:30pm
  • Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

Free / see specific performances for prices

Services and Facilities

performances, exhibitions, events, tours, shop, bars, café, restaurant

Accessibility

Disabled access

Commercial and hire services

Function rooms available, costume hire

Things to do at Royal Exchange Theatre

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Light Falls at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

West Side Story at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 18 April–23 May 2020, from £10.00

West Side Story at the Royal Exchange

Things to do right now

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Visual Arts 20 September 2018–19 September 2019, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Red Dust Road at HOME
Literature 11–21 September 2019, from £10.00

Red Dust Road at HOME

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry
Theatre 13–21 September 2019, from £12.50

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry

Cinema 13–22 September 2019, from £9

The Shock of the Future at HOME

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Unearthing passion and protest at Quarry Bank
Activity 13 July–29 September 2019, general admission charges apply

Glorious Phantoms at Quarry Bank