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.
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.
Download our Risk Assessment from the website.
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.
Mae are based in the middle of Manchester City Centre, so travel can take longer than expected, especially at peak times, rush hour and when there are major events on. We strongly recommend you plan your journey before attending. For more detailed information visit the TfGM Advice Website.
Introducing... Workshops are fantastic ways to help your students understand a bit more about the production.
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.
Don't forget, you can also check out our YouTube channel for behind the scenes films, interviews and production trailers.
A Doll's House Taking The Curriculum Outside
A Moon For The Misbegotten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Raisin In The Sun
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Taste of Honey
A Thousand Slimy Things
A View From The Bridge
A Whistle in The Dark
All My Sons
All The Ordinary Angels
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Accrington Pals
The Baby and Fly Pie
The Ballad of Rudy (Relaxed Performance)
The Birthday Party
The Children's Hour
The Comedy of Errors
The Country Wife
The Cracks In My Skin
The Ghost Train
The Ghost Train (Relaxed Performance)
The Glass Menagerie
The House of Bernarda Alba or Plain Text Version
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Lady from The Sea
The Last Days of Troy
The Night Watch
The Playboy of the Western World
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
The Santuary Lamp
The Taming of the Shrew
The Way of the World
To Kill a Mockingbird
Too Clever by Half
A Doll's House
Taking The Curriculum Outside