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We wanted to help you plan your visit by providing you with some useful information

ARRIVAL

We ask groups to arrive nice and early (at least 20 minutes before the show starts) in order to collect tickets and get settled. Our building is steeped in amazing history, so why not take a walk around before the production starts?

Once you arrive, head over to our Box Office to collect your tickets. Then please head over to the designated Schools' meeting point.

MEETING POINT

Please meet a member of the team by the Cloakroom for a schools briefing. This person will talk you through theatre etiquette, let you know a little bit about the building and will answer any questions that you or your students may have. Please note, this member of staff may also be working on the cloakroom during quieter schools performances, so whilst we will do our best to be attentive, this may not always be possible.

WATCHING A SHOW AT THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE

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.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Download our Risk Assessment from the website.

SECURITY

To help minimise queues, please leave large items of luggage at home and note that all bags may be subject to random search.

HOW TO FIND US

Visit our website for information on travelling to the Theatre. We are city centre based so recommend you check out other events that are happening in case this delays your journey.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Major road works on the one of the busiest routes into Manchester city centre began in August 2018. The work will last for 12 months and will have an impact on journey times, particularly around peak morning and evening commuter times.

We strongly recommend you plan your journey before attending. For more detailed information on the routes affected, including alternative routes and Park & Ride sites, visit the TfGM Advice Website.

ACCESS

Please read our access information and download our visual guide.

ASSOCIATED WORKSHOPS

Live Theatre Review and Introducing... Workshops are fantastic ways to help your students understand a bit more about the production.

TEACHERS NETWORK

The Teachers Network is a closed group on Facebook and is free to join. It will offer you exclusive insights into the rehearsal process and planning of our main house shows throughout the year. Access to interviews, resource packs and other digital content, the Teachers Network will be an invaluable tool in bringing the award-winning Royal Exchange Theatre into your classroom and support your planning and teaching throughout the year.

To join, simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your school name, your work email address and your full name.

Don't forget, you can also check out our YouTube channel for behind the scenes films, interviews and production trailers. 

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