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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

The Royal Exchange Theatre in central Manchester has a reputation as one of the best and most innovative theatres in the country.

The main theatre is housed within the old Manchester Cotton Exchange (hence the name). The building was once the "largest room for commerce in the world," according to the theatre's website.

The theatre is a seven-sided steel and glass module, seating 700 people, suspended from four large columns that also support the building's central dome. A smaller theatre, The Studio, seats an audience of 120 people.

The Great Hall, where the Royal Exchange Theatre is located also features art exhibitions, contains a Craft Shop, an Education Lounge and a restaurant and bar.

One of my best memories of the theatre was the classic production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting For Godot" starring Max Wall and Trevor Peacock in 1980.

The theatre was officially opened by Sir Laurence Olivier on 15 September 1976 and is associated with a long list of famous directors and actors.

The Royal Exchange Theatre is near the Arndale Center, Urbis, the Wheel of Manchester and Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester.

Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann's Square
M2 7DH
Box Office: 0161 833 9833

Victoria is the nearest station. There is a large multi-storey car park next door to the Arndale Centre with 1450 spaces.

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