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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 #2 of 121 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Halifax. England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our second visit to the Royal Exchange and this production was excellent. I just laughed and laughed, the actors make you feel like you are travelling with them, so so clever. The staff were great and helpful, we will be back.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Surroundings are lovely but snack meals a bit limited due to set up in stand alone stand within the exchange building. Special diets not catered for to my knowledge. Never had a bad lunch there though. Staff efficient and tables cleared very promptly.

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Manchester
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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I've been here many times in the last 25 years and I never fail to be impressed by the beauty of the building and the creativity of the theatre. The fact that the seats allow you to be so close to the stage and to really connect to the actors, combined with the special effects made possible by the unique... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you are a theatre goer , this is the place for you! The best "in the round" theatre to be had in the UK Like a space ship that has landed in the old cotton exchange the theatre is unique. I give this venue 5 stars ,but would go to 6 if I could!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Brilliant value for money and a comfortable theatre experience - much better than some of the more expensive theatres in Manchester City Centre. Food and drinks were a reasonable price and they understand the need for more/well trained staff at times when more customers attend the bars (intervals etc).

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Bury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went to watch this on 21/07/14 the best play I've seen here in ages, went with my husband and two 11 year olds boys and everyone enjoyed it. It's fast paced, funny and very entertaining and definate must see.

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Manchester
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21 reviews 21 reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We saw the current production of Around the World last night. I have never seen so many happy and smiling faces in the audience at the end of any play at the REx. Fantastic - suitable for all ages - even 5 year olds! There is a combination of humour, villainy, excitement, determination, anticipation and wonder which makes every minute... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If there is time in your schedule, fit in a show! I had heard from an old classmate that this was a must see and he wasn't kidding. I thought it would be just a running joke later between our family but it was great! Acting was better than some Broadway shows I've seen and just a fascinating place overall.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Regularly visit for a wide range of plays. Always try to get banquette seats, only available on the day,but cheapest rates and the best view,right at the front and almost on the stage!Sets are always interesting.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a theatre that easily rivals any of the best theatres in London. The plays high quality, wonderfully acted and innovative. The venue is simply stunning. If I was going to pick at anything negative I would say that the seats are a bit uncomfortable (your bum definitely hurts at the end of the evening) and in summer it... More

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