There's always something going on in the Great Hall - welcome to the hub of the Royal Exchange Theatre. 


A dramatic setting for pre-show drinks and a peaceful escape for afternoon tea, the Great Hall has something for everyone. Shop for unique handcrafted gifts in the Craft Shop, make use of the free wifi or enjoy freshly made food and snacks from the Cafe  - you can even pull up a sofa in the Lounge, where's there's aways something to learn. If you have any questions about the building, up-coming performances or the Theatre itself, our Information Desk is stocked with the latest goings-on at the Royal Exchange and elsewhere in the city, and our volunteers are happy to help. You can even shop for a Manchester umbrella, buy an exclusive print from Royal Exchange productions or find our more about voluneering at the Theatre. 

Don't forget to check out our Mezzanine Gallery, where you'll find a rolling programme of exhibitions, from international works of art to local up-and-coming photographers. Since 2008, over 30 exhibitions have been shown here, from the award-winning photographer Howard Barlow, the critically-acclaimed Simon Annand, to the Manchester School of Art, the Manchester Science Festival and Oxfam. The Mezzanine's secret weapon is its view: it's the best spot in the building for admiring the Great Hall's grand Victorian architecture. 


Special FX - Free Friday Evening Entertainment

Fridays in the Great Hall are the perfect way to welcome the weekend. From 5.30pm, join us for happy hour drinks and free entertainment - from our popular Comic FX nights on the first Friday of each month, to our Youth SFX slot for emerging talent - expect the unexpected! Check out What's On & Tickets for upcoming events.

Flying Saucer Sundays

Launched in Autumn 2014, Flying Saucers is our out-of-this-world Sunday programme for families and children. As well as our weekly Flying Saucers Drama Club, we also host storytelling, sensory workshops, drama workshops, craft workshops and live entertainment for under 11s. Check out What's On & Tickets for upcoming events.


Whether it's refreshments, gift ideas, information, tickets or simply to make your visit more enjoyable, the Great Hall should have everything you need. As well as our Cafe, Craft Shop, Bar Exchange and Box Office, we also have The Lounge, Activity Sheets for Children, accesible toilets, exhibitions, The Round Restuarant, a Cloakroom and free WiFi. And don't forget about our Information Point, where our dedicated team of volunteers are on hand and happy to provide assistance if needs be. Take a tour of the Great Hall via our Google Tour.

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