Royal Exchange Theatre

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Royal Exchange Theatre
Image courtesy of Lee Baxter.

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 public lounge, a family-friendly space with books to read and games to play, and  The Rivals Bar & Café, the perfect perch for pre and post-show refreshments.

St Ann’s SquareManchesterM2 7DH View map
Telephone: 0161 833 9833 Visit Now

Accessibility

Disabled access

Admission Charges

Free / see specific performances for prices

Commercial and Hire Services

Function rooms available, costume hire

Services and Facilities

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

Opening Hours

  • Monday11:00am - 7:30pm
  • Tuesday11:00am - 7:30pm
  • Wednesday11:00am - 7:30pm
  • Thursday11:00am - 7:30pm
  • Friday9:30am - 7:30pm
  • Saturday11:00am - 7:30pm
  • Sunday11:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on at Royal Exchange Theatre

What's on near Royal Exchange Theatre

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