Royal Exchange Theatre
Located in the city centre, the Royal Exchange Theatre
was once a simple merchant building used primarily for the exchange of textiles and cotton. Now it has been repurposed into one of the best theatres in town and makes for a great attraction. You can come and spend an evening watching a show or join an event and grab something to eat at their restaurant and bar. If you are travelling with children, then you can take part in one of their family workshops like the Flying Saucers Sunday Programme.
The auditorium itself is certainly interesting. It looks almost like a space shuttle that’s landed in the middle of the exchange building, under its wide, glass dome ceiling. When you step inside you will see that the audience is seated around the whole stage, making it a theatre in the round. It has been home to many different styles of art and has hosted some big names like Kate Winslet, Albert Finney and Hugh Grant. There are many plays and performances held here throughout the year, so check out their programme to find out what is on during your next visit.
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If the weather doesn’t suit a day at the park and the kids need to expel a little energy, then join one of the family days at the Royal Exchange. They hold events all year round including a Flying Saucers Sunday Programme, where under 11s can put their imaginations to work, create crafts and be part of storytelling sessions.
For those interested in the history and architecture of the building, there are also backstage tours available. Your guide will let you in on some secrets, as well as tell you more about damage done during the Second World War and the 1996 bombing that destroyed a significant part of the structure.
If you are a guest at Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre then you can just walk the half mile to the Royal Exchange Theatre when heading there for a visit. If you would prefer to take a taxi, then it is only a 15 minute drive.