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Royal Exchange Theatre

Address: St. Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH, England
Phone Number: 0161 833 9833
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Ranked #2 of 80 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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...
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
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.

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Halifax. England
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We went to see this production as a Christmas treat to ourselves, and it was brilliant. The staging was amazing, and it held everyone's attention from beginning to end. The productions put on at this theatre whether classic Shakespeare, musicals or comedy can not be beaten. This production runs until the end of January if you get the chance go... More 

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Cheshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This year's Christmas production is a delight - even more pleasing after last year's appalling Christmas production. The cast were brilliant. We had a great time. The plant was amazing and don't miss the dentist. In fact don't miss this musical!

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

What a fabulous performance this was, really enjoyed it from begining to the spectacular end! Extremely well done and brilliant acting and singing. Have seen this play before but not so well done as this, amazing staging with the round space they have. Every credit to all involved. A must see.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Been a strong supporter of the exchange for years now, and I love that they are now branching back into musical theatre. Saw Sweeney Todd in 2013 and it was remarkable, but Little Shop (2014) was just on a whole new level entirely! I was concerned that, in the round, a piece like Little Shop wouldn't translate so well -... More 

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Blackpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I always enjoy live theatre and particularly like the Royal Exchange. Because it is theatre in the round it is difficult to hear at times when actors have their back to you. Doubly so in this case because of the accents required by the cast. It took a while to tune into Maggie in the opening scene because she had... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We walked out of this play which I have never done before. The acting was dire with clipped British accents coming through so often that it was unbearable to listen to. The cast were wooden bar Big Daddy who was excellent. Brick was poor but he was the director who had stood in when the original Brick became unwell. Maggie... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

the building is listed and is amazing with the theatre suspended. a treat was the Design shop which sells local handmade jewellery from local artisans. Very friendly the Mancunians.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Probably the worst production I've seen at the Royal Exchange, definitely not up to usual standard. The biggest flaw was the accents. Only one or two of the cast had decent Southern accents. Big Daddy's Irish kept slipping through and Maggie's was loose in places, though she does have some very long monologues. The performance was lukewarm overall and didn't... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We went here for a birthday treat to see Cat on a hot tin roof. We arrived 5 minutes late (thanks to my employers who wouldn't let me leave work 10mins early) but the show hadn't started and the staff were really helpful in getting us to our seats quickly. The seats at this theatre are really comfortable. We were... More 

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Have been to performances in this theatre a few times over the years, since it was renovated after the IRA bombing, within the fantastic old Exchange building. I am not often in Manchester, but do make a point of finding out what is on here if I am staying overnight. I always choose to be in one of the Galleries.... More 

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