Royal Exchange


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The Exchange, once the world's biggest commercial trading floor, has its history writ large on its interior - literally, as cotton prices are still posted high on the walls. The Victorian building was converted into a theatre in 1976, and theatrical business was, for a while, brisk - until the 1996 IRA bomb forced its closure.

Reopening in 1998 with a dedicated studio space for new work, the theatre chose Stanley Houghton's play Hindle Wakes for its re-launch - the same work that had been running when the explosion took place. A symbol of the theatre's indefatigability, it was the perfect choice for a venue that, today, continues to stage some of the city's best theatre.

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Royal Exchange details

St Ann's Square,
M2 7DH

Area City Centre

Transport Metrolink Market Street or St Peter's Square, or City Centre buses, or Victoria rail

Telephone 161 833 9833

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