The 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.


“if you live near Manchester and went to every single show in the main house and studio at the Royal Exchange, you’d have a pretty good grasp of what was going on in British theatre”

Lyn Gardner - The Stage

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