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Royal Exchange Theatre

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Levitt Bernstein Associates
location Manchester
function theatre
contributed by davidb

The Royal Exchange was completed in1921. It was the place where cotton was bought and sold and was once one of the largest commercial spaces in the world. It became redundant in 1968. In need of a new use, in 1974 a local theatre company decided to make it their new home. The hall had two significant problems: The poor load-bearing capacity of the original floor and the considerable reverberation time. LBA solved these issues by inserting a new free standing auditorium, which resembles a gigantic lunar excursion module! Huge trusses transfer the structure's weight to the original central columns, which are the only points capable of taking the load. The intimate auditorium seats 700: 450 on the ground with the remainder in two levels of galleries. The stage is one of the largest theatre-in-the-round set-ups in the UK. The original hall serves as the foyer, and is also used by the performers to make their entrances and exits.

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Royal Exchange Theatre
St Annes Square
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours The theatre stages performances most days. Check the website for details. The Exchange Bar is open every day from 09.30am. The Round restaurant and bar is open from 12.00
How to get there? The theatre is a short distance from the north-east end of Deansgate, and a two minute walk from the Arndale Centre.
Completion 1976
Cost € 1000000,-
ArchitectLevitt Bernstein Associates
acoustics consultantD K Jones
acoustics consultantIan Gibson
services engineerMax Fordham LLP
building costs consultantMonk Dunstone Associates
structural engineerOve Arup
theatre consultantTheatre Projects Consultants
Client Royal Exchange Theatre Group
Project ID 6341
Latitude/Longitude 53°28'57N 02°14'41W
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