Pre-show, introductions to each play and production.

SchoolsBehindTheScenesArticleLed from the stage by the Creative, Learning & Engagement team, INTRODUCING sessions are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of a live theatre production.

Students will gain an understanding of the director’s interpretation of the play, with talks from members of the creative team who will reveal production secrets. Actors from the company will demonstrate exercises and give exclusive insights from rehearsal room.

These sessions are suitable for secondary students, groups and individual audience members and can accommodate up to 100 people.

"For many students this was their first visit to the Royal Exchange, and for some students this was the first professional theatre performance they have seen...the chance to attend a workshop and then watch a live performance will really help bring the students’ learning to life and engage them in Shakespeare's work.”

"Interesting, and often revelatory, so I now deliberately pick my ticket for the same day whenever I can"

"thank you on behalf of our group for an excellent pre-show workshop today, it was really interesting and provided such a good introduction to the production itself."


Age suitability as for each individual play.
All sessions take place in the theatre space where the show is being staged. 
Please note that practical group work is dependent on the size of the parties attending.