Royal Exchange Theatre

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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 Theatre is now back open, having just completed a successful run of Bloody Elle – A Gig Musical, the first from an exciting lineup of events and shows at this great venue taking place through the remainder of 2021.

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

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 one of the most unique and 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, café, The Rivals bar and restaurant, 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

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