Royal Exchange Theatre

Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, you need only step inside to begin a journey into the world of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Come on in, see what makes us tick and share in our excitement for the future.

We believe theatre is for everyone, and we’re passionate about proving it. For almost forty years the Royal Exchange Theatre has been a hub of superb storytelling for Manchester and the UK, and there are even more exciting times ahead!

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.

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 andHugh 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.


Getting Here

We have two entrances – one on St Ann’s Square and one on Cross Street. The St Ann’s Square entrance is wheelchair accessible, with a lift directly to the Great Hall.

The easiest way to get to the Royal Exchange is to use public transport. You may find it helpful to plan your journey at

As we are city centre based, we recommend you check out what other events are happening in case this delays your journey. You can do this by checking Visit Manchester’s What’s On page.


Our newly renovated Swan Street space is located in the Manchester’s Northern Quarter (47 – 53 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JY).  It is home to our Costume Hire Department, rehearsal spaces and Studio performance spaces.  Find out more about hiring the studios or directions to our Swan Street site.