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The Company and Our Spaces
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The Company and our Spaces

The Royal Exchange Theatre is an award-winning producing theatre company (founded 1976) housed in the Royal Exchange building in the heart of Manchester city centre.  The building has two theatre spaces – a 760 seat Theatre module suspended from the pillars of the Grade II listed, former cotton exchange and configured ‘in the round’, and also a 90 seat flexible Studio space.

Originally the city’s Cotton Trading Exchange, the Great Hall itself is a visitor destination. Inside there is a craft shop, café, bar, restaurant, gallery and information about the building’s heritage and recent history. Visitors are welcomed 7 days a week unless there is a performance taking place in the Theatre.

The company has an additional workshop and rehearsal space in the Northern Quarter.  Swan Street houses our props and settings department, a rehearsal room, some storage and our Costume Hire Department which is successfully managed by one member of staff and a dedicated team of volunteers.  In addition we have a permanent warehouse facility, Seagull House, which is used for storage.

Latest News

Family Matters
One lunchtime, one monologue, 20 minutes long, all this week at 1pm.   
We have an exciting Work Placement opening here at the Royal Exchange 
Celebrating 80 years of Liberty, the campaigning organisation for human rights!
We are now taking submissions for the 2015 Open Competition
If you fancy appearing on stage in our production of SCUTTLERS, then we want you.
Lovie Award
For our work with Blast Theory!
Check out our Storify here...
Secret Theatre
This October, we host a Festival of shows like you've never seen before!