We know that when you're planning a school trip, you sometimes need a few extra tickets for teachers, chaperones or similar. So all school bookings will be entitled to one free ticket for every 15 you buy. 

Schools can take advantage of an allocation of specially discounted £15 tickets (subject to availability). And even after that allocation has run out, you can still take advantage of the 10% off Groups price. 

Please note: School groups must book with our Visitor Experience Team to get the schools prices. You can contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Schools offer excludes: previews, £12 Mondays. 

If you are a school or college in Cheetham Hill & Crumpsall, Beswick, Tameside, Leigh or Rochdale, free tickets are on offer, subject to availability. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students can also book Under 30s Tickets independently which are just £7 for any show in the seating areas listed above. There is limited availability and ID is required for each ticket purchased. Students and teachers can also book Pay What You Decide tickets from £3.  

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Careers in Theatre Week is for young people aged 14-19 to get an insight into theatre industry careers. Across the week of 20-24 June 2022, you will have workshops with Royal Exchange Theatre staff, finding out the different elements that make a producing theatre come to life! You will also work towards completing a Bronze Arts Award. 

You will receive a tour of the building and an opportunity to meet staff from various departments; production, engagement, marketing, visitor experience, operations, fundraising, directing. Throughout the week, you will find out further opportunities the Royal Exchange has to offer, work towards a Bronze Arts Award, receive the opportunity to work with the Front of House department during a show and see a main house production. Through talks, demonstrations, and interactive workshops you’ll learn more about each department leading to pitching your own ideas to create the dream theatre – thinking about everything from how you will fundraise to how it will be accessible to everyone. 

The week is free to take part in, support for travel is available and lunch will be provided. BTSWW 2019 800px400px

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Take Up Space is a new project for schools at the Royal Exchange Theatre.DISRVPT poster 800x400px
5 schools were selected to respond to the themes around our DISRVPT programme. Following kick off workshops with Keisha Thompson around her poem HOLDING SPACE in January, the schools developed their own pieces of work with RET practitioners and performed at the Exchange 31 March 2022.  
DISRVPT invites individuals or groups from a range of communities and art forms to take ownership of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Great Hall. To playfully, politically, creatively disrupt the environment, to teach us what the varying communities of Greater Manchester might like to see in our space, the ways in which they’d like to be welcomed, the vibe, the energy, the entertainment, the art, the stories, the way we communicate it and market it, all an experiment to allow those who have not felt an affinity to have the opportunity to see themselves, their culture, people like them occupying our space, being at ease and teaching us about the values of their community. 

Participating Schools: 

Abraham Moss Community School – Cheetham Hill  

Redwood Secondary School (SEND) – Rochdale  

Bedford High School – Leigh  

Samuel Laycock School (SEND) – Tameside  

The King David High School – Cheetham Hill  

Check out our DISRVPT highlight on Instagram to watch the Redwood and Samuel Laycock Insta takeover sharing their experience of the performance day.  

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Our theatre space is very unique and may be unlike any other theatre your students have been to before. The Royal Exchange seating is in the round and you are never more than 9 meters from the actors which means that watching a production can be a very immersive experience. This also means that audience members and actors are close to each other and if you can see them, they can see you!  

We have therefore created a few top tips for watching a show at the Royal Exchange:  

1. We ask that mobile phones and electronic devices are turned off completely. Buzzing and bright screens can be a distraction to the actors and other audience members as well as ringing!  

2. Members of the audience should remain quiet during a production. It’s great to see students enjoying themselves, but please keep in mind that people have paid to listen to the actors, not the audience, so save comments and discussions to after the show.  

3. Writing notes should be saved until the interval or the end of the show as this can sometimes distract other patrons.  

4. Hot or smelly food whilst very tempting is also a distraction. Please don’t bring warm or fast-food into the auditorium. Sweets, chocolate and ice-cream are fine as well as drinks that aren’t in glass bottles.  

5. It is important that teachers sit with their students for the duration of the performance to ensure behaviour is monitored.  

6. Finally, enjoy the show! If you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

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The Royal Exchange’s work with schools and colleges is a vital part of our programme. We are currently reflecting on and rebuilding this offer to ensure students can connect with the theatre in a variety of ways. 


We are currently developing ideas of how we will engage students with our shows in future, please sign up to our schools mailing list to be the first to hear about future offers.   


Tours are currently not available. We are aiming to include this in our offer again soon, and look forward to inviting your students to explore and find out more about our unique space in the not too distant future. Please sign up to our schools mailing list to be the first to hear about future offers.   


Specific workshops in schools such as Devising or Shakespeare workshops are not currently part of our offer. We will be recruiting for our Young Company during Summer Term 2022 and will be delivering Taster workshops as part of this (Performing, Writing and Directing/Technical/Design), if you think your students would benefit from this, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our work with Primary Schools is currently focussed in our Local Exchange areas – Cheetham Hill & Crumpsall, Beswick, Tameside, Leigh and Rochdale. Please get in touch with us if your school is in this area This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


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