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  The Royal Exchange Theatre
by janiebaxter

The Royal Exchange Theatre is in the old cotton exchange and was opened in 1976. As well as being in a wonderful building that has kept a lot of its original features, the theatre is a round format. This means you almost always get a good view and are closer to the stage than in a normal theatre. If you are lucky enough to get front row seats, the actors often include you in the performance.
The directors and staff are hugely talented, and you can guarantee to see a top class performance here. I have seen many excellent plays at the Exchange from A wonderfully adapted a Midsummer Night's dream to Port and On the shore of the Wide World, premiers by local playwright Simon Stephens and set in Stockport. One of the best World Premieres was Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry. The sets and costumes are always beautifully done too.
The theatre was badly damaged by the IRA bomb in 1996, and when it re-opened in 1998 The Studio theatre was added as well as a bookshop, craft shop, restaurant, bars, and rooms for corporate hospitality.
The Royal Exchange Theatre celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year, and has produced a staggering 118 new plays in this time.

Dress Code: Anything goes, as long as it doesn't spoil the view.

Address: St Ann's Square, Manchester
Directions: There is an entrance on Cross Street and one in St Ann's Square(off Deansgate)
Phone: Box Office: 0161 833 9833
Theme: Theater

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 23, 2007
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