A visit to the Royal Exchange theatre is always a joy. Sometimes the choice of plays is a little too 'safe' but even if the script is not to taste, the stage sets, costumes, etc make for a whole experience. I have been visiting the Royal Ex as long as it has been in existence and have always enjoyed the way the seating encourages an intimate atmosphere- you feel so close to the players that you could be part of the action.
As well as the main theatre there is the studio theatre, with more experimental productions.
The cafe, bar, restaurant, craft shop also add to the attraction.
The theatre itself is a structure within a structure. The great hall in which it stands has amazing glass work, a huge dome, the original trading boards from the last day of trading, enormous pillars- all worth seeing even if you do not want to purchase a ticket to watch a play.More