Resembling a lunar space craft set down amidst the glass domes and towering columns of this Grade II listed building, the Royal Exchange is the largest Theatre in the round in the country, seating up to 750 people on three levels.
Did you know our seven-sided Theatre module is actually suspended from four huge columns? In fact, only the stage area and its ground-level seating rest on the floor of the Great Hall - a necessary architectural feature for a module that weighs 150 tonnes!
A 360° performance space means every audience member sees the performance from their own perspective, and with no seat further than nine metres from the stage, even epic productions are an intimate experience. Since 1976, the Royal Exchange has welcomed some of the greatest names in British theatre, film and television, from Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Pete Postlethwaite, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, to Brenda Blethyn, Robert Lyndsay, Tom Courtenay, Cush Jumbo and Maxine Peake. We continue to discover and nuture exciting new talent, launching a new generation of theatre-makers onto the British arts scene.
Take a tour of the module via our Google Virtual Tour and if you're interested in finding out more about the design of the Theatre please see our Resources or have a look at our Technical Specifications.