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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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Excellent Theatre in heart of Manchester

This is an excellent venue with a unique round theatre space within an old building. You can go inside even if not for a performance so it is worth a look if you are visiting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent venue with a unique round theatre space within an old building. You can go inside even if not for a performance so it is worth a look if you are visiting Manchester. Access of St Anne's Square.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I'd always recommended going to see something here. Its a great, intimate theatre experience. Where ever you sit, you've got a good view of the stage.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I've been to royal exchange many times. Fantastic theatre space, completely unique. It's a great building to enjoy without needing to see a show necessarily. Beautiful architecture!! A gem in Manchesters crown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Booked a week of work to cram in some MiF shows and this was at the top of my list! MP was truly marvellous, as always. The staff at the exchange are always friendly, relaxed and deliver the best customer service. Other venues (not naming any [until my next review]) need to watch these pros at work - this is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Ok......where to start ? The venue is fantastic , full of expectation, history and drama but that play we saw on Friday night was possibly the worst thing I have ever seen ! £40 per ticket is obscene and yes Maxine Peake puts everything into it but I go to be entertained and that just did not happen. The play... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Skriker Skrike skriking skriking surreal superb super superdooper stupendous stunning fabulous fabulouse fabuloose fabulove love love!!!!!! What more can I say! Brilliant production! Brilliant cast! Wish we had seen it earlier and would have certainly come again! Encore Encore!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is really different to your traditional proscenium arch theatre. It's "in the round" - with seats... all the way round! Quite small, but very versatile. I came to see Hamlet, when they had traditional seating in the "stalls", but have just been to see The Skriker - and they've ripped out all those seats and put in chairs around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We came for an afternoon coffee and ginger beer, as well as to seek shelter from the rain. Terrific place. One the largest open expanse of floor in Europe. Now there is a cutting edge theatre in the round that has the looks of an alien space ship. Craft shop, bar, toilets as well as restaurant, cafe and theatre.

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Halifax. England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Maxine Peake at her very best. The evening was amazing - theatre was full, people queuing for returns. The bar is good value, cafe closed on the evening of the performance. Staff were great, knowledgeable and friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The venue used to be the Royal Exchange but it has been renovated and made into a modern auditorium where the acoustic is good and the seating comfortable. Watching a show there is quite an experience but you'd better book your tickets in advance.

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