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Royal Exchange Theatre

St. Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH, England
0161 833 9833
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As featured in 3 days in Manchester
Ranked #3 of 118 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We're an award-winning producing Theatre in the centre of Manchester. As well as classics from William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Atherton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

4 of us went to the Royal Exchange Theatre on 19/4/14 to watch Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The show lasted for about 2 hours and 20 minutes (including a 20 minute interval). The performance was excellent and we had a very enjoyable time, and some very good laughs. The acting was of a very high standard and the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is a really special place.The theatre is housed in such an interesting and historic building.There is an excellent coffee shop and more up market restaurant where you can while away time,meet up with friends and enjoy great food before the play starts.The theatrical experience is second to none,really amazing plays and great new writers showcased here.This is one of... More

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Halifax. England
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place - i had never been before but it is great. We went earlier in the afternoon and just sat and had a coffee and watched the people passing through. There is sso much history to take in. We returned in the evening to see Much Ado about Nothing. The theatre space is so different t... More

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manchester
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The theatre is small, an engineered ball built within the old Exchange halls. Nearly every seat is on the front row, or still within touching distance, even up in the "gods". We've seen a few plays here, all with a star from the small screen. We've also seen a few sat in the audience, as this place is made for... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Unique layout..you can feel as if you are on stage with the performers. Lovely building, cafe and changing exhibits

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The theater needs reconstructions. The performances we were watching were very good. I know one fact. It was an old opera theatre in Samara (Rassia). People like me still were visiting it. The Authority found money for the reconstruction this Theatre. After two years building work it was open. It was perfect new beautiful, comfortable. They completely changed it. I... More

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English Lake District
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Went to see Much Ado about Nothing in this fabulous theatre and loved every minute of both the play and the venue. The architecture is stunningly beautiful and theatre in the round is a very special experience. The play was consummately acted by a very talented cast and had me crying with laughter. I highly recommend this production.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I took my daughter for a little Shakespeare on Saturday afternoon and the last time I visited this theatre I think I was around here age and it was for Moby dick. You never appreciate a place for its uniqueness when you are 12 or 13 but I love this building, it is something of an enigma in that it... More

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Much Ado About Nothing. Couldn't recommend this highly enough. It s a modern production but has all of the ethos of Shakespeare...... but so much funnier. Absolutely brilliant production.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Wow wow I'm so glad i went to go and see this i really really enjoyed this from start to end the performance and actors were amazing it really makes a difference watching actors on stage this will not be the last time i watch live performance im now hooked wow the Royal Exchange theatre by the way is beautiful... More

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