Royal Exchange Theatre
“We change the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them.”
Our historic building, once the world’s biggest cotton exchange, was taken over by artists in 1976. Today we are an award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatre in-the-round, in communities, on the road and online.
Exchange remains at the heart of everything we make and do. Now our currency is brand new drama and reinvigorated classics, the boldest artists and a company of highly skilled makers – all brought together in a shared imaginative endeavour to trade ideas and experiences with the people of Greater Manchester (and beyond).
The Exchange’s unique auditorium is powerfully democratic, a space where audiences and performers meet as equals, entering and exiting through the same doors. It is the inspiration for all we do; inviting everyone to understand the past, engage in today’s big questions, collectively imagine a better future and lose themselves in the moment of a great night out.