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by Ellie Whittaker (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer in Manchester, currently finishing my third year of an English and Creative Writing degree at MMU. Visit my Linkdn at
Published February 2nd 2018
If it's good enough for Hugh Grant, it's good enough for me
By University of Salford Press Office - Flickr: Royal Exchange (hall), CC BY 2.0,

Royal Exchange Theatre has been encouraging imaginative productions and welcoming up and coming actors since 1976. Although it used to be double the size it is now, this theatre has reinvented itself to change with the times.I could see clearly this when I went to visit it for the first time recently. The passionate theatre company have put a tremendous amount of effort into keeping this theatre popular for all generations. I went there for a relaxed performance of a small production in the studio room, a great night all round, helped by the fantastic atmosphere created by this theatre.

Almost overshadowed by the bustling town around it, this theatre sits in St Anns Square, in the heart of Manchester's bustling city and towers above the shops that surround it. When you go into the building, you immediately walk up grand stone stairs that look like they've been carved out of the city itself. Out of the blue, you change from the traditional stone steps to a glass corridor, which leads to a kitsch waiting area and bar, reminiscent of an old-fashioned drinking tavern. However, it boasts much more than the local ales, with various wines, beers and spirits on offer.

With a cold and rainy February half term coming up, why not skip the cinema or shopping trip and come to the Royal Exchange Theatre which mixes surprisingly modern features with old-fashioned décor. I think you'll be presently surprised. Some first-class actors have graced their theatre over the years and so if its good enough for Hugh Grant, it's good enough for me. With plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to visit afterwards, just a short walk away, why not start your night off with some culture!

For more information about the theatre itself, shows that they are welcoming into their theatre or to book tickets, visit their website
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Phone: 0161 833 9833
Where: St Anns Square, Manchester M2 7DH, UK
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