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The Royal Exchange Theatre offers free use of our unoccupied rehearsal rooms to Open Exchange members involved in non-commercial projects within a rolling 4-week window. 

Find out more about our spaces

We may also be able to help with access to other resources, such as technical equipment, props etc. If you have a specific query please drop us a line.

Rehearsal space offer

Free rehearsal space is available for Open Exchange members to meet, try out ideas or rehearse any project which is private and non-commercial. For example, we offer our available space to companies or artists looking to rehearse a production or R&D an idea, but we don’t offer free space to artists who are running a workshop for which they’re charging participants, or for any public facing events.

We can calculate the in-kind value of any rehearsal space that is offered so that artists can use it in funding applications if appropriate.

How to enquire and book

If you’d like to enquire about the availability of free space within the next month please contact the Artist Development Administrator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that enquiries for space more than 4 weeks away will likely be passed back to the Hires department, as this falls outside of our free offer. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out our discounted rates for Open Exchange members.

When will I receive an answer

Due to the number of requests that come our way and in a bid to be more time efficient, we will set aside Mondays and Wednesdays of each week to reply to queries.

Open Exchange provides a series of development opporunities for emerging artists of all disciplines, rooted in the belief that collaboration creates great art and brilliant theatre doesn't always begin with a script. Sign up here for opportunities.

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