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Royal Exchange Theatre

We are currently undertaking a review of the Theatre's Learning and Participation offer for schools, community groups, individual young people and adults – we're really excited about the changes that are underway and the new projects that will be running from April 2014 onwards. Please bear with us as we finalise our plans, and keep an eye on your inbox for details of our new programme. If you are not already on our mailing list please sign up here to receive information as soon as it is available.

We offer a variety of workshops, events and activities for individuals and the wider community, and aim to involve as many people as possible in fun and engaging activities relating to the theatre. Please see below for details about projects and opportunities still currently on offer.
The Royal Exchange Theatre is one of seven organizations across Britain working in partnership with the Co-operative Foundation to deliver their major initiative, Truth about Youth, which challenges and changes negative perceptions about young people by supporting projects which enable them to work with adults, the media and the wider community. Throughout the year there are opportunities for both young people (aged 14 - 21) and adults, to sign up for a range of projects and one-off events which take place over school/college holidays, at weekends and on some evenings. Find out more here.


The Young Leaders Programme is a training and development scheme for aspiring creative producers, event managers and trainee practitioners aged 16 – 21yrs. Each year, the Royal Exchange Theatre will recruit 12 Young Leaders who will work with us for 12 months. Find out more here.

Free entertainment programmed and presented by young people every couple of months – expect anything from beat boxing and bands to spoken word, dance and acoustic acts. Presented as part of Truth about Youth. Click here for more information and dates.

The Young Company is the Royal Exchange’s resident company for young people aged 14 – 21. We are looking for young people with passion and enthusiasm who can bring new ideas and energy to the Royal Exchange Theatre. In exchange, we will offer you professional training and opportunities to create and share your work. Find out more here.

Every Friday night, we put aside 100 £6 Theatre tickets for students and people under 26! Find out more here.

Sunday events and weekend workshops for families with children under 13. Find out more here. 


The Royal Exchange Theatre delivers a range of out-of-school-hours projects for Young People aged 14 -21. We want to engage young people from a range of backgrounds and experiences in our projects and we understand that many young people face barriers which mean they might not feel able to access the Royal Exchange Theatre alone. With this in mind, we are keen to make links with organisations who could work with us to encourage and support young people who might not think of the Royal Exchange Theatre as ‘for them’ but who would really benefit from the opportunity to express their creativity. Find out more here.

A unique opportunity for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to work with professionals from the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Camerata to create their own piece of music theatre. Find out more here.
To find out about our work experience and training policy, please click here. If you are aged 14 – 19 you might also be interested in our Behind The Scenes Work Weeks.
Production and theatre-linked resources including films, behind the scenes diaries and interviews. Find out more here.


We support the Manifesto For Drama, Theatre & Young People. To find out more click here.