Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre Company transforms the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them. It was taken over by artists in 1976 and today it is an awardwinning 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 change the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them. 

We are the North West’s largest and only full-time, text based producing theatre. We present work in our unique modular theatre-in-the-round as well as spaces across Greater Manchester, in our equally unique pop-up theatre The Den. Our exemplary engagement work with the people of Greater Manchester stands side-by-side with the theatre we produce.



We Connect, and Art is our vehicle. By experiencing theatre together or taking part, we will provide transformative points of connection and exchange, reminding us all who we are and what we share with the people around us. Being an accessible world-class theatre and a thriving civic space is central to our vision. To achieve this collaboration and partnership is vital.

Especially now, our role in bringing joy and entertainment to people is critical. We will shine a light on what is good in our society and will share stories that question what a better future looks like for all of us.

Our Mission over the next five years can be broken down into five strategic aims and three cross-cutting aims, everything that we do will directly contribute to us achieving one or more of these aims.



We are invested in the people we work with and their values and behaviours. We want all our team to display and live by the following principles:


• We take ownership of our own part and are accountable for our own decisions.
• We trust others to be responsible for what they do, and how they do it, to drive the aims of RET and its future.
• We will challenge people and practice, as well as support them, to achieve our aims especially in our active commitment to removing discrimination.


• We will ask difficult questions, feel empowered to do so and give and receive feedback, even if it is difficult to say or hear. This is vital for equality, diversity and inclusion.
• We will be empathetic and demonstrate emotional intelligence.
• We will learn to apologise if we have done something wrong – and move on.



• We will develop the appetite to learn and grow, so that we can be truly open to anyone and everyone.
• We will be collaborative, flexible and adaptable in how we do things and get “stuck in” if we see others need help.
• We will welcome innovation and show entrepreneurship where we can.