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We have been forced to temporarily close our stages due to COVID 19. This has been an incredibly difficult and complex decision to make. The impact of this crisis remains unknown and we will not emerge from it the same, but we are putting everything we can in place in order to ensure we are able to light up our stages once again.

Practically this decision provides us with the time to plan and affords us the space to carefully develop an artistic programme, and to carry on creating shared experiences, plan innovative community work and provide much needed escapism for audiences and participants in these unsettling times.

Thank you so much to all our audiences for the support, understanding and generosity you have shown so far. Please keep in touch with us by following us on social media – there are still ways for you to get involved with theatre activities, and we are coming up with new initiatives all the time.

Our stages may be empty and our building may be closed but we cannot imagine a life without stories. #RXconnect

Stay safe and well and we will see you when the houselights go back on.

Frequently Asked Questions
As the situation is changing daily, we might not be able to provide all the answers, but here are some FAQs which might be helpful…

  • Are the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Rivals closed?
  • We are currently following Government guidelines and the Royal Exchange Theatre remains closed until further notice.

    The Rivals Bar and Restaurant will also remain closed.

    Please check our website and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram) to stay up to date on when we will be able to welcome you back to our building.

  • What happens if I had bought a ticket for a production or an event?
  • If you had booked tickets for any production or event for Spring/Summer 2020, you should've have received an email from us.

    If you did not receive it then it will probably be because we do not have your email address on file. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of your booking and we can let you know the next steps.  

    Our Box Office phone lines will be open every Monday and Thursday from 10am – 4pm. Please call our Box Office on 0161 833 9833 and one of our team will be able to help you.

  • What happens if I’m a Season Ticket Holder?
  • If you have not heard from us – it may be that we do not have your email address on file.  As this is currently the only way we can communicate with people, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details about your booking or select one of the options in the email.

  • When will you reopen?
  • We are following Government and the UK Theatre advice at all times, at present we do not know when we will be able to reopen. Please check our website and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram) or sign up to our mailing list royalexchange.co.uk/mailinglist to stay up to date on when we will be able to welcome you back to our building.

  • How can I help?
  • The immediate and most significant impact of closing our Theatre was that income generated through ticket sales was immediately lost. This was our single highest source of income for the theatre and the work we make (we are a charity), generating around £4.5m a year. 

    We are asking for your support now more than ever. To support the Royal Exchange Theatre you can…

    Become a Member royalexchange.co.uk/become-a-member

    Make a Donation bookings.royalexchange.co.uk/donate

    To donate via text, you can text '5ROYALEXC' '10ROYALEXC' or '20ROYALEXC' to 70085 to donate £5, £10 or £20.

    We know this is a big ask and we cannot thank you enough for your support.

  • Is the Young Company still running?
  • Our Young Company are currently recruiting for 2021. Please see more details here

    To stay up to date with our opening announcements, or sign up to our mailing list here royalexchange.co.uk/mailinglist

     

  • Is the Children’s Company still running?
  • We are currently looking at programming new sessions and we hope to announce these in December 2020. Details will be on our website here

    To stay up to date with our opening announcements, or sign up to our mailing list here royalexchange.co.uk/mailinglist

  • Are ELDERS MONDAYS still taking place?
  • We recognise it’s really important for people to stay connected, continue the things they enjoy and remain creative so we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Elders Mondays sessions online. You can find out more information here.

  • I’m a freelance artist – are you able to advise me?
  • If you are a freelance artist or small organisation please visit the Greater Manchester Artist Hub gm-artisthub.co.uk where we have joined forces with other Manchester arts organisations to help you talk through creative ideas, get advice on issues that are causing you concern, or simply to develop your network and stay connected during isolation.

  • I have a question – who can I speak to?
  • To contact us, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    We apologise if it takes longer than normal for a response – we are currently processing a huge volume of requests. For advice from the Government on anything relating to COVID-19, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus

We will continue to create, make, dream, innovate and entertain. We will bridge gaps, write new stories and share our experiences. Most of all we will bring people together to do this – because we cannot do this alone. We cannot do this without you - our incredible audiences.

Stay safe and we will see you soon.

Thank you,
Bryony Shanahan, Roy Alexander Weise & Steve Freeman
Artistic Directors and Executive Director