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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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11:00 am - 5:00 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Royal Exchange is definitely worth a visit- may it be to see a play or just to have a look around! It does not look that brilliant from the outside but you will be enchanted once you enter the halls of this theatre. Students get a special discount on some days and can see great plays for little money.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We didn't watch a play but there was even a free one before a big big play. Really nice building and architecture.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Went to the royal exchange to watch a play about the old Manchester gangs called the Scuttlers,,, play was great. The venue magnificent what a beautiful building and the auditorium in the round was really effective,, loved the experience,,,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Been here a few times since it opened and it's a wonderful use of space in a historic old building. Try to see a show but otherwise just grab a coffee and admire the architecture.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I can't believe I've lived in Manchester all my life and this visit was the first production I've been to at the Royal Exchange. This is a well run place with superb facilities in terms of disabled access, bars, toilets etc. The stage itself is in the round and every seat seems to offer intimate and great viewing (we got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have not been back inside of here since the bombing. We arranged to meet friends for a drink in the cafe inside. A lovely hot chocolate and cake later we had booked tickets to see Scuttlers(fabulous performance!) and were eyeing up the main restaurant. This place is a hidden gem and we will definitely be returning here rather than... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Visited here to watch the premiere of 'Scuttlers' firstly the venue is wonderful. This historic building is a great setting, then the seating areas around the bars is great just to sit and relax. The theatre in the middle helps to build the excitement and adds to the ambience. Once inside the round theatre with the stage as no barrier... More 

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was originally the Manchester Stock Exchange and the original financial display can still be seen. The glass domes in the roof are quite spectacular! They were badly damaged during the 1996 bomb attack and have since been painstakingly restored! You can sit and enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the magnificent building.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There is something magical about going into an old building that was part of the creation of the first industrial city in the world and then find that it takes you forward in time even further by entering the theatre itself that looks like a space vehicle parked in the middle. Theatre /TARDIS as you are transported to different lands... More 

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