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Royal Exchange Theatre

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Address: St. Anns 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
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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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A Streetcar Named Desire

A wonderful performance from all involved especially Blanche and Stella. However the Telegraph review touched on limitations of the mis en scene. Needed to feel the oppressive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A wonderful performance from all involved especially Blanche and Stella. However the Telegraph review touched on limitations of the mis en scene. Needed to feel the oppressive heat and hear the street cars for authenticity, but it couldn't detract from the outstanding performance of Maxine Peake.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I experienced A Streetcar Named Desire last night. It has been sold out for a while but I managed to get hold of a returned ticket on Thursday afternoon for the Saturday night performance, & waited in anticipation. Not knowing what to expect as I didn't know the story at all, I sat down & waited for it all to... More 

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The theatre is housed within an old building. Someone has thought very carefully about the space and has done a great job.

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Thank Russ1470
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably not the first to rave about Maxine Peak and Streetcar Named Desire, but lets not forget the rest of the cast. I was particularly impressed with Ben Batt as Stanley. The complete experience of this excellent play and the Royal Exchange made for a night out to remember. Thank you cast and venue (and Tennessee Williams).

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Managed to get tickets for the sold out production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Maxine Peake - a great production. But it is the building - an old but beautifully restored coton exchange - and the seemingly suspended theatre that is the real star. It all combines to give a unique and intimate theatre experience with excellent catering facilities.

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Oldham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb performance by all, but the show belonged to the ever excellent Maxine Peake with her performance as Blanche Dubois. The round in the Royal Exchange is a fabulous event venue and a must visit.

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Thank Chris M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been to the Royal Exchange a lot over the last 30 years and seen some great plays - seen a couple of duds but the good ones always outweigh the poor ones. It feels like a special experience in the auditorium and now the catering and bar is more of a match for that experience. My last star would be... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit to see Street Car Name dDesire which was outstanding production with Maxine Peake. Amazed to find the theatre suspended from t he walls inside the building just amazing ! fantastic use of an old buildingwhichis stunningin its own right.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Intimate theatre, polite staff, never been disappointed with any production Highly recommended. Theatre in the round, very traditional.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A amazing theatre, have seen so many great plays here, original and creative theatre in the round. If you go the first week you can get tickets for £5.00, banquet seats are £5.00 the first week, £10 the rest of the time, right in the action, at a amazing price. Such a amazing theatre, with brilliant actors, and amazing sets... More 

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