Telephone: 0161 615 6697


St Ann's Square
M2 7DH

Who we are

Situated in the heart of Manchester, the Royal Exchange Theatre is an award-winning producing Theatre. Whilst well-known for producing classics, we're also one of the country's leading theatres for new writing, with over 125 premieres in the theatre history! At the Royal Exchange we want people to get as much out of their theatre experience as possible. The Education Department offers people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences the chance to explore every aspect of theatre and to make the Royal Exchange their own. Work with schools and colleges forms a core element of Exchange Education. For much of our work with the formal education sector we focus on the 10 districts of Greater Manchester. However, we also work with schools from across the UK, and with visiting students from overseas. Key programme strands include: EXCHANGE MEMBER SCHOOLS: Through a package of theatre tickets, bespoke workshops and TEF membership we will support your staff in the development of Drama and Theatre practice in their teaching CREATIVE INDUSTRIES DAYS: Our Creative Industries Days include workshops, talks, demonstrations and theatre tours and encourage students to think realistically about what it is like to be employed in the performing arts sector TEACHER EXCHANGE FORUM: Bringing together teachers, theatre practitioners and educationalists to share best practice and hear about recent and forthcoming projects and events that place creative learning at the heart of the curriculum. INTRODUCING... WORKSHOPS: Pre-show workshops to accompany all productions in the Theatre


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CPD for Staff

ACCESSING TEXT, Thursday 19th October, 5-8pm

Associate Artistic Director Amit Sharma will share his expertise exploring practical techniques focusing on access and text. The session will focus on a Shakespeare text and a contemporary piece.

MAKE SOME NOISE, Tuesday 14th November, 5-7pm

New Royal Exchange Associate Artist Chris Goode will introduce the idea of noise and 'noisy making' as a route into working with some lively and stimulating devising tools - many of which will have informed the making of Chris's production of JUBILEE

END OF PLAY, Thursday 15th February, 5-7pm

A practical playwriting intensive which will offer a range of tools and techniques to help write- and finish! - that difficult first draft (plus ways to troubleshoot writer’s block). Led by Award-winning playwright Kendall Feaver.

Learning Resources

The Exchange Forum

The Exchange Forum has a focus on the exchange of information, with creative discussions, presentations and activities, and opportunities to network with other staff. Members will be offered a complimentary ticket to the evening's production.


On Tuesday 26th September at 5pm, we would like to invite career leads from schools and colleges in Greater Manchester the opportunity to learn more about our Behind the Scenes Work weeks, an exciting opportunity for Young People aged 14-19.

Resources & Programmes

We offer free resources available to download from our website from our current and past productions, focusing on the design and technical module, and a visual guide from the theatre. There is also a link to our YouTube channel.

INTRODUCING (Pre Show Session)

Students will gain an understanding of the director’s interpretation of the play, with talks from members of the creative team and actors from the company demonstrating exercises from the rehearsal room.