We believe theatre is for everyone, and we're passionate about proving it. For over forty years the Royal Exchange Theatre has been a hub of superb storytelling for Manchester and the UK, and there are even more exciting times ahead! 


‘If you live near Manchester and went to every single show in the main house and studio at the Royal Exchange, you’d have a pretty good grasp of what was going on in British theatre’
The Stage

We are an award-winning producing house, commissioning, creating and supporting work that is ambitious in ideas, form and scale. We sit at the centre of a fast-paced, expanding global city with audiences and communities placed firmly at the heart of everything we do. Our “brave and bold” programming, both on and off our stages, has been critically acclaimed and celebrated for its originality, relevance and artistic risk. From our iconic theatre-in-the-round we have established an international reputation for bringing the most powerful stories to life, resulting in multiple awards for new writing with 125 world premieres.

We are committed to nurturing new talent, investing in ideas and supporting artists at all levels to push boundaries and challenge their own practice. At the Royal Exchange we are proud to provide a platform for emerging directors, writers and theatre-makers to create radical work. Through our continued support for emerging talent, we aim to inspire audiences to take risks with new work, creating a vibrant platform for the continued development of theatre practice across the UK.

Our innovative work with communities across Greater Manchester continues to have real and lasting impact on the confidence and creative aspirations of everyone involved. Through the development of strong creative partnerships with individuals and groups we nurture long-lasting relationships between the Theatre and the people of Greater Manchester. The Royal Exchange is proud to play an important role in the future of theatre across the UK and in championing arts and culture as a vital way to reflect our world today.


‘A repeated reminder that London is not the centre of the theatrical universe’
Lyn Gardner, Guardian


The Stage newspaper's
Regional Theatre of the Year

and nominated in 2018 and 2019
Nominated for further 12 awards
and won 7, including 4 UK Theatre
Awards and two Stage Debut Awards

The Stage's School of the Year

Winner: Royal Exchange Theatre's
Young Company

Manchester Cutlture Awards

Outstanding Contribution
to arts and culture



We change the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them.


Our historic building, once the world’s biggest cotton exchange, was taken over by artists in 1976. Today we are an award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatre in-the-round, in communities, on the road and online.

Exchange remains at the heart of everything we make and do. Now our currency is brand new drama and reinvigorated classics, the boldest artists and a company of highly skilled makers – all brought together in a shared imaginative endeavour to trade ideas and experiences with the people of Greater Manchester (and beyond).

The Exchange’s unique auditorium is powerfully democratic, a space where audiences and performers meet as equals, entering and exiting through the same doors. It is the inspiration for all we do; inviting everyone to understand the past, engage in today’s big questions, collectively imagine a better future and lose themselves in the moment of a great night out.




We encourage and celebrate imaginative thinking and believe in the creative potential of everyone.

We think that imagination has the power to help everyone reconsider the world around them.


We welcome everyone to visit and work in our theatre and encourage everyone to talk to us.

We provide platforms that enable everyone; artists, theatre-makers and audiences to ask questions.

We value everyone’s opinions and use them to inform our decisions.


We always look for ways to do things differently, push boundaries, test possibilities and lead new developments.

We embrace change and bring enterprising thinking to the cultural sector.


We make theatre for, with, and by the communities of Greater Manchester.

We have a passion for collaboration and believe that working in partnership will help us realise our full potential.


We work with integrity and respect, are business like and professional.

We are a charity and public benefit is our business.

We exercise a duty of care for our artform, the artists with work with, our audiences and our building.