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What is the Arts Pot?

The Arts Pot is a fund that supports people, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it, to create, participate in and watch theatre at the Royal Exchange. For the last five years, is has been making theatre more accessible for people across Greater Manchester.

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There are so many others out there, like me, who are restricted and have ambitions and dreams that they would love to fulfil but don’t know how to. The Arts Pot gives an opportunity. The Royal Exchange has been like a second home. My life began when I started here - Arts Pot recipient 


The Arts Pot is our way of making sure that the Theatre remains open to all and not just those who can afford it. Around 25% of our Elders Company and 30% of our Young Company rely upon its support to continue working with us.

As this scheme has grown since it was introduced, it has gone on to help fund Participation & Learning Projects such as our World Wide Workshop – a place for people from displaced, migrant and minority communities to meet, share stories and build their English speaking skills through performing arts.

Why do we love the arts pot?

It unites people from all walks of life and provides them with an environment to build new bonds, explore their creative potential and strengthen communities. With each year, the Arts Pot grows stronger. In fact, last year we raised over £17k. This funded:

  • 252 people to take part in 2,000 amazing projects and activities
  • 182 people get to the theatre by paying for their bus, tram or train ticket when they visited
  • 1,727 people and 46 community groups the chance to enjoy a performance on our stages.


The more we raise, the more lives we can change.

How can you support the Arts Pot?

DROP donations in the collection buckets after selected Main House and Studio shows during the Christmas period
TEXT 'EXCH16 £5' to donate from your phone
TALK to Becky Rosenthal on 0161 615 6752 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
VISIT our donate page.

If you need financial support:

The Arts Pot scheme is available for all Royal Exchange Theatre participation projects and workshops. If there is a workshop on sale that you would like to attend using the Arts Pot please contact the Box Office on 0161 833 9833 to reserve a place and then click here to download the application form.


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