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Royal Exchange Theatre

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Address: St. Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH, England
Phone Number: 0161 833 9833
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9:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: We're an award-winning producing Theatre in the centre of Manchester. As...
We're an award-winning producing Theatre in the centre of Manchester. As well as classics from William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, and Anton Chekhov, we're also one of the country's leading theatres for new writing, with over 125 premieres in the theatre history! The unique design means that none of the 760 seats are more than nine metres from the circular stage, with seats placed all around the auditorium, giving views from all angles.The Great Hall surrounds the Theatre, and this houses The Round restaurant, Bar Exchange, the Craft Shop and exhibitions, the Education Lounge and workshops, the Information Point, the Mezzanine Gallery exhibitions, as well as Friday evenings' FREE entertainment SPECIAL FX.And we're open on a Sunday too! With brunch served in our Great Hall cafe and free entertainment during the day.
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Unique theatre experience!

If you want to immerse yourself in theatre then this surely is the way to experience it. You couldn't be closer to the action and the cheap seats are the closest you will ever get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Manchester, U.K.
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If you want to immerse yourself in theatre then this surely is the way to experience it. You couldn't be closer to the action and the cheap seats are the closest you will ever get apart from being one of the performers. Contained within an historic Manchester Exchange this is a must visit place.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Went to see Anna Karenina in the theatre. Very inventive production and everyone associated with the Royal Exchange was professional and friendly. Also have gone to a few discussion groups in the cafe and it's a good local to relax and enjoy a coffee or lunch. Unique artisan gift shop too.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Here to watch "The Ghost Train" this is such a great space to watch a mixture of plays, the staff are always ready to show you where to go for your seats and are always polite snd pleasent

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Fabulous theatre, seen several plays there, always been very enjoyable, easy access, reasonably priced, food and drinks, could do with more toilets

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lancashire
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My husband and I with friends visit the Theatre on a regular basis and find the Theatre to be a wonderful place. Not only do you have the luxury of different performances at the Theatre but the opportunity to explore the venue. There are eating establishments on the premises, along with a bar should you require an alcoholic beverage along... More 

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Manchester
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is the best theatre in Manchester. Forget sitting in large auditoriums far away from the stage. In this theatre in the round you feel part of the immediacy of the drama. Actors are challenged to perform In the round and always meet this requirement. It rivals the RSC

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North Wales
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Exchange is an amazing modern place inside the old Royal Exchange building, offering theatre in the round, which can sometimes mean the actor faces away from you. It shows an excellent range of modern and classic drama in the main theatre and studio. There's a small cafe area and gift shop, although the latter is expensive. It's also a... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My Wife and I attended this fantastic theatre for a Saturday Evening performance of "The Ghost Train" by Arnold Ridley, well we were not disappointed. The play is somewhat of a "Ripping Yarn" with comedic twists of its time, as well as contemporary "Off the Wall Humour." Very imaginative and enjoyable delivery by a very talented cast. Set design, costumes,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

This play has a great cast and the story is well delivered. A sensitive story told with feeling and well placed comedy. The amazing punctuation of singing adds to originality and depth. Perfect. The cast also play in Anna Karenina and I m afraid they in this, leave her out in the cold. Don t miss it.

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Manchester
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely meal food was a little pricey but good lovely atmosphere and very trendy bar served great cocktails and nice welcoming staff the resturant was newly opened the tables are a little close together but ok to see what other people were eating will defo go back

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