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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

New chairperson sought for the Royal Exchange Theatre Board 
My Theatre Matters
Vote for us! We're nominated for UK's Most Welcoming Theatre
Flying Saucers
and we launch our out-of-this world FLYING SAUCERS
A new season is on the horizon with brand new opening times!
In Partnership with Octagon, Bolton, Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool & The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
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Jo Lavelle was such a hit last time we have her back twice this autumn/winter!