Royal Exchange Theatre

Location Details


St Ann's Square
M2 7DH

In 1976 the Royal Exchange Theatre opened its doors on one of the most unusual theatre spaces in the country. After 30 years the space is still fresh and surprising and the Company continues to find exciting ways to stage its shows.

The Theatre is a seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, literally suspended from huge marble pillars and the Studio transforms for every show, with walls and partitions that slide and seating that moves to fit the set design.

The Royal Exchange Theatre strives to be an accessible venue and caters for patrons with disabilities. There are wheelchair spaces and a lift in St Ann’s Square, providing level access to all floors. We have infra-red hearing systems and welcome assistance dogs.

Each production in the Theatre has at least one audio-described performance and a Touch Tour for the visually impaired. Programmes are available in braille and large print, free of charge.We also offer BSL signed performances for all productions in The Theatre.

The brochure is available in large print, braille, on CD and email formats. Our Access Guide to The Theatre is also available from the Marketing Department on 0161 615 6784 or you can email

There are two public entrances: one on Cross Street with steps only; one on St Ann's Square, with a lift straight to Box Office. This entrance is always open during performances.

Access Symbols Explained:

  • Facilities for partially sighted or blind people We provide facilities for people who are visually impaired. For example: Braille formats, large print, audio tapes etc.
  • Assisted wheelchair access Wheelchair access into our premises is possible with assistance.
  • Non assisted wheelchair access Full, non-assisted, wheelchair access into our premises is possible.
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired We provide facilities for people with a mobility impairment. For example: A seating area, hand rails etc.
  • Customer toilet facilities We provide customer toilets.
  • Accessible toilets We have fully accessible toilets installed at our premises.
  • Sign language for deaf people We offer a sign language service; please ask our staff for full details.
  • Facilities for hard of hearing people We offer facilities for hard of hearing people.
  • Induction loop available An induction loop has been installed to benefit our hard of hearing customers.
  • Staff assistance available Our staff have been trained to offer excellent service levels, please ask if you have any particular requirements.
  • Low Payment Counters including clipboards, dropdown counters, lap trays and portable chip & pin Low payment counters or an alternative such as portable chip and pin machine, a lap tray or a clipboard.
  • Automatic doors present Our premises are fitted with automatic doors to ease entry.
  • Customer lift provided A customer lift has been provided.
  • Accessible lift provided An accessible customer lift has been installed, improving access for wheelchair users.
  • Parent with pushchair access Our premises are accessible to parents with a pushchair or pram.
  • Baby changing facilities We provide baby changing facilities.
  • Accessible baby changing facilities Accessible baby changing facilities are available.
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