Royal Exchange, Manchester
The Royal Exchange Theatre makes up part of the Royal Exchange building complex. The current grade II listed building was founded in 1914. However, this is not the first exchange to have stood here. In 1729, the first one opened in response to a booming cotton industry, but closed at the end of the century. A new exchange was built in 1809, with a third and larger one created later in the century. To this day it has had a strong link to Manchester’s industrial past, but nowadays, the complex serves as a theatre and shopping centre.
The Royal Exchange Theatre
The Royal Exchange Theatre, one of the city’s premier theatres, was founded in 1976. Unfortunately, the building fell victim to a bomb detonated in the city centre in 1996 and damage was extensive. After nearly two years of repairs and a sum of £32 million, the theatre was restored. Thanks to National Lottery funding, it was also expanded to include additional performance space, bookshop, craft shop, restaurant and bars plus spacious corporate facilities.
Many high calibre actors have been, and still are, attracted to the stage of the award-winning Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. It also has a reputation for spotting up and coming talents in actors and directors. Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant both performed here before moving on to the big screen.
Theatre Break Accommodation
Whether you plan to treat yourself to a theatre break at Manchester’s most sought after arts venue, or take in a show as part of a visit to the city, enjoy contemporary Manchester accommodation
. At the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre, enjoy a pre-theatre meal at the in-house RBG bar and Grill Restaurant before an unforgettable night at the Royal Exchange. The centrally located hotel is also ideal for shopping breaks in Manchester
, having some of the best retail in the city just a short walk away.