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Royal Exchange Theatre

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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St. Anns Square, Manchester M2 7DH, England
+44 161 833 9833
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Mother Courage exceeded all our expectations. One of my daughters is doing Drama A-level and I thought this was a must see; we travelled up from London to see the show . I don't think any of us have stopped thinking about the play since...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A great building, full of history. Busy, eating, drinking, talking. Then the Production. I remember both films and my father surprisingly laughing at the original film.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mikethenailer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Latest show "The Producers" is an fantastic event, the energy of the all singing all dancing cast is breathtaking,the lead is fabulous. The theatre in the round is well suited to this production, the costumes are stunning, especially the "Chrysler building evening dress is a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to queue outside the Royal Exchange Theatre from 7:30am for banquettes seats for £10 each for the finale of the Producers after hearing 5 star reviews everywhere. When i got to the theatre there was around 20 people in front of me and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank orlandouk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never been to the Royal Theatre before, it is situated within the exchange, at first looks like a metal meccano set . Once in the theatre it is round, wherever you are sat in any part of the theatre the whole of the stage is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank paters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We paid our first visit to the Royal Exchange yesterday and were blown away. What an extraordinary building, in the vast and impressive setting of the former Manchester cotton exchange - looks almost like a futuristic spacecraft or huge metal sculpture that's just landed amidst...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I watched Death of a Salesmen here and was impressed by the in the round theatre style. The building is very breathtaking and I would like to come back to the cafe and bar. The show itself was very good and reasonable priced. An ideal...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this theatre. We have been many times. This time to see "The Producers". Wondered how that would work in the round...the answer is brilliantly well. Due to the size of the theatre and its circular nature you are right in the action. Definitely a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RRenton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw The Producers here. Managed to get last minute tickets that were released after the banquette tickets. Circular seating round the stage so everyone can see. It is possible to get tickets for same night for £10 if you go in person at 0930 (you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Charlieblinkert85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Intimate feeling theatre space. The Royal Exchange is a beautiful building and it’s great that it’s used to provide high quality theatre in the North. There is a cafe and bar. The website is easy to use.

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 25, 2018|
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Response from Phil B | Reviewed this property |
I always prefer to sit on the front row of the 1st tier (i.e. up stairs looking down on the action.) As long as you book in advance, I've seldom had a problem getting the seats that I want. Great theatre, enjoy.
Linda C
October 15, 2017|
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Response from Gabs172016 | Reviewed this property |
As the theatre is so small , all the seats are pretty good , we prefer the stalls , and if you don't like heights they are your best bet.
Zena T
April 25, 2017|
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Response from Steve_Grant1 | Reviewed this property |
Definately Exchange Square
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Barry H
Stockport, United Kingdom
Royal Exchange The House of Barnarda Alba (4 Replies)
HI I am a regular visitor to the Royal Exchange theatre they have on a play called 'The house of Barnarda Alba', I know next to nothing about it apart from what I have read on the internet. Has anyone been to see the Royal exchange to see this, and what it is like?. If we go we will probably go on the saturday, with me queing up very early for banquet tickets.
February 22, 2017|
Response fromMysticManc|
Not sure about that play Baz but getting the right seats at the Exchange does make a difference. I find the second gallery, especially row two, is too high to see everything and you have to look over a bit. I was in the front row once, it was like being in the play. I think those seats come with an Equity card.
Brona Richard R
Dublin, Ireland
Public Transport in Manchester (12 Replies)
I am travelling to Manchester for one night and staying in the Ramada Inn in Salford Quays. We are going to see a play at the Royal Exchange theatre. What is the most direct way to get from the airport to the city centre and then to Salford quays. Is it cheaper to get a taxi from the airport for 4 people or is the train better value? Also I understand there is a metro link near the hotel will this take us near the Theatre or would a taxi be better? Lastly any suggestion for a good value...More
May 08, 2011|
Response fromPhil-the-bus|
Yes, the Salford Quays metrolink (tram) stop appears to be almost opposite the hotel. By public transport, therefore, the easiest way of getting there from the Airport would be to take a train to Piccadilly Station, then transfer to the "Eccles" tram to Salford Quays. The cost for 4 people would be about £20 (I think you can buy a ticket at the airport train station that will take you on both the train and the tram). Not certain about Taxi costs but I would suspect that it will be more...More
Barry H
Stockport, United Kingdom
Relaxed Performance Royal exchange (2 Replies)
Just to let people know the Royal exchange theatre are having a relaxed performance next tuesday 2nd May 2017 for the 2.30pm matinee, for anyone who knows someone who has autism or a learning disability a great chance to go to the theatre. Hopefully more theatres will follow their lead.
April 28, 2017|
Response fromBarry H|
The more the better for me. All worth mentioning to highlight it for people.