RXIGNITE

15 Sep - 30 Oct 2021

This September the Royal Exchange Theatre turned 45. That’s 45 years since our unique spaceship-like theatre landed in the centre of Manchester, 45 years of creative storytelling, incredible performances, new plays, community projects and passionate audiences.

To mark our birthday, we launched an ambitious new fundraising campaign to raise £45,000 in 45 days, with all of the money raised going directly to our bold future productions and creating a space for communities to come together for a shared experience in Manchester.

With your support, we raised £52,264.62 for our incredible theatre and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part, donated with their ticket purchase, joined as a Member and shared our campaign over social media.


You can still donate and enjoy our unique rewards available below…

Your name on our website as a 45 Years Supporter

A limited edition A4 45 Years poster signed by our Joint Artistic Directors

Two invitations to a 45 Years tea party with our Joint Artistic Directors

A piece of history - take home a piece of the Royal Exchange stage

Two invitations to our Thank You party held later in the year



To join as a Member for as little as £48 per year, or just £5 a month, please visit our Become a Member page.

We understand first-hand how important and transformative theatre can be, whether that’s finding a place for yourself in the world, making friends and connections, being challenged, being inspired, finding a career path, trusting that who you are is enough, or simply coming together with friends and family and forgetting about the world for a few hours. We believe we need that now more than ever.

Thank you for helping us RXIGNITE.



Thanks to Alfred Enoch, Paul Bradley, and Kellie Bright, and HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex for their lovely messages:



Thank you to our RXIGNITE Collective: Garratts Solicitors | Irwin Mitchell | Arnold & Brenda Bradshaw | Ben Caldwell & Becky Rosenthal | Ellen Hanlon | Martyn & Valerie Torevell

and to our 45 Years Supporters: Charlie Adamson | Jo Ahmed | Ilona Alcock | Rachel Armstrong | Rachel Austin | Lisa Baker | Maggie Barker | Linda Batson | Caroline Beirne | Bryony Bell | Margaret Bell | Neville Black | Colin Blackledge | Sarah Blayds | Frank Boocock | Sir Robert Boyd | Robert Bradbury | Nige Broadbent | Ronald & Gillian Brown | Veronica Brown | Sarah Burns | Peter Cave | Maureen Cawthorn | John Chadwick | Anne Chambers | Phyllis Charteris-Black | Hilary Clarke | John Clifford | Anne Marie Clitherow | Elizabeth Clover | Emily Collier | Rebecca Cribbin | Hilary Curl | Huw Davies | Jane Davies | Carolyn Davis | John L & Sarah Davnall | Edwin Daws | Brian Delph | E Demain | Mike Dempsey | John Dignum | Bill Dixon | Helen Dobson | Donald Docker | Rebecca Duncan | John Eaden | David Ebden | John & Penny Early | Michelle Emery | Ken Everett | Corinne Fisher | Joanne Fitzgerald | Karen Fleming | Hilly Fletcher | Paul Fox | Catherine Fyfe | Stephen Garratt | Gillian Gehring | Alison Giarratana | Ryan Gibberd | Clare Goodman | Pauline Hales | Pamela & Peter Harrington | Richard Harrington | Carolyn Harrison | Christopher Hennings | James Hill | Susan Hogan | Joy Howarth | Peter Huddleston | Margaret Hughes | Keith Hyde | Anne Hynes | Victoria Isherwood | Gordon Jayson | Allie Johns | Melanie Johnson | Richard & Elaine Johnson | Steve Johnson | Lynne Jones | Lois Kelly | Lizbeth Kenyon | Peter Kessler | Patricia Kilpatrick | Tim Lavin | Maurice Leslie | Graham Lister | Jacquie Long | Estelle Longmore | Alison Loveday | Sheila & Iain Lumsden | John McCabe | William Roy McCafferty | Sean McEvoy | Eamonn McGrath | Helen Mcknight | David Meredith | Glynn Miller | William Mitchell | Michaela Monk | Harriet Monkhouse | Richard Moore | Pamela Moorst | Helen Nicolson | David Odling | Christine Ovens | Carl Patterson | Neil Peden | John Perry | Liz Pool | Stephen & Judy Poster | Jennifer Powell | Mel Price | Eric Quirk | Michael Reed | Barbara Reeves | Caroline Robinson | Jane Robinson | Mike Rogerson | Jenny Ruff | Samantha Saunders | John Say | Steven Schofield | Judith Shaw | Jane Sheldon | Ann Sheehy | Anne Shenton | Jennifer Simmons | Chris Sloan | Bryan Smith | Loredana Spadola | Elena Staniscia | Marueen Stirpe | Alex Szymanski | Jo Tamberlin | Ruth Tams | Joanna Taylor | Mike Taylor | Ada Whitaker | Tom & Sue Wilcox | Helen & Phil Wiles | and all anonymous supporters

Survival is in our history,
Help us RXIGNITE our future.
Support your Royal Exchange Theatre.

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