Manchester’s leading theatre company is based in the historic Royal Exchange, once a major cotton trading centre.
The Theatre is the main performance venue and one of the most unusual in the UK. A seven-sided steel and glass module sits within the Great Hall. It contains a stage surrounded by three levels of seating on all sides. The maximum capacity is 750.
The Studio is a separate 100-person capacity venue. It hosts innovative performances from touring companies and local communities as well as Royal Exchange productions.
Tickets can be purchased online from the official website. Alternatively telephone the Royal Exchange box office on 0161 833 9833 or visit in person. Box office opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7.30 pm (6.15 pm for telephone bookings) and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
Tickets for performances in The Theatre are the most expensive. Tickets for front row banquette (bench) seats are released on the day of the performance and are considerably cheaper than regular tickets. Under 26s enjoy cheap tickets on Fridays and half-price student standbys are offered for all performances.
On Friday evenings all are welcome to attend the theatre’s Special FX sessions in the Great Hall. Free entertainment (musicians, comedians etc.) starts around 6 pm and happy hour drink prices apply.
The Round Restaurant is open throughout the week for lunch and dinner (on Sunday lunch only). The Great Hall Café serves snacks, sandwiches, salads and afternoon tea. It is open every day from 10 am (11 am on Sunday) until half-an-hour before the performance begins. Bar Exchange offers beer, wine and spirts Monday to Saturday.
Backstage tours and a costume hire service are also available.
The Royal Exchange is situated on St Ann’s Square in Manchester’s Central Retail District.
Victoria is the closest train station and is just under half-a-mile from the Royal Exchange Theatre. Piccadilly is a little further. Free Metroshuttle buses run from both stations and stop near the theatre.
The nearest car park is the NCP Manchester Deansgate (postcode M3 2EQ). Theatregoers enjoy reduced price parking (parking tickets need to be validated at the theatre box office).
Other attractions and places of interest within easy walking distance of the Royal Exchange Theatre include the National Football Museum, The Printworks, Corn Exchange, Manchester Cathedral, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, St Ann’s Church, Manchester Arndale, House of Fraser, and the John Rylands Library.
Events - What's On
A selection of upcoming shows and events at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester are listed below.
For a comprehensive list of what's on please visit the official Royal Exchange Theatre website (see information box below).
|06 April 19 - 25 May 19||West Side Story||The Theatre|
|31 May 19 - 06 July 19||Hobson's Choice||The Theatre|
|11 July 19 - 20 July 19||Tao Of Glass||The Theatre|
|25 July 19 - 10 August 19||There Is A Light That Never Goes Out||The Theatre|
|18 April 20 - 23 May 20||Spring 2020 - West Side Story||The Theatre|
|19 May 19||The Steve Williamson Experience + Stringting||On Tour / External|
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Map showing location of Royal Exchange Theatre.
Royal Exchange Theatre
Address and postcode
St Anns Square