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Then I’ll Begin!


The Royal Exchange is a historic listed building which in its heyday was the largest trading hall in England.

Inside the traditional Great Hall, an ultra-modern glass and steel Theatre in the Round has been constructed. Some of the best theatre productions I’ve ever seen have been here.

Even when they are between productions, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre never disappoints.

We nipped in to the Theatre whilst in Manchester last week, as they have a little craft  shop which sells unusual earrings (I bought two pairs).

I found this pop-up children’s library. What you see in the background is some of the audio-visual equipment taken out of the theatre during the “summer clean-up”:


ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATREMiss Peregrine's Library Seat

MANCHESTER:Miss Peregrine’s Library Seat ©HelenBushe


ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE: Pop-up Library Manchester

ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE: Pop-up Library ©HelenBushe

How would you like to stretch out on one of these wonderfully decorated benches with a good book, occasionally glancing up at the equally impressive ceiling:

MANCHESTER: Royal Exchange Theatre snapped iphoneography ceiling roof

MANCHESTER: Royal Exchange Theatre’s Dome ©HelenBushe


These pictures were all taken on my iPhone 6sPlus  and edited on the phone using the Snapseed App.

You can find more iPhoneography on my Instagram account: MiPhoneography


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thelifecrisischronicles · 1 September 2017 at 08:13

This is one of my favourite theatres! Great pictures xx

    HMB · 1 September 2017 at 08:23

    Mine too. Thanks.

hbs1991 · 21 August 2017 at 13:37

WOW Helen, I can only imagine what the entire building must looks like from the impressive architecture shown in your pictures. How old is the building? Hundreds of years? In England it is hard to tell, since you have building up to a thousand years old over there, and we think buildings are something at 200 years old. 🙂

    HMB · 21 August 2017 at 15:17

    The whole building dates back to early 18th century. Various modifications have been made since then. The Great Trading Hall in my photograph dates to (I think) mid-1800’s. It was for trading in raw cotton when cotton textile manufacturing was booming in North West England.

paulfraser11 · 19 August 2017 at 19:26

The artwork on these benches is magnificent Helen, I’d spend time on them reading and what a magnificent hall as well. I’m not sure I’ve been in there, or if I have it’s so long ago I’ve forgotten. I need to go back 🙂

    HMB · 21 August 2017 at 08:13

    Photography really does help me to see! Years ago I’d probably have walked past these without giving them a second glance.

bloomsburyantiquesblog · 19 August 2017 at 15:03

Wonderful piece. Thank you.

    HMB · 19 August 2017 at 17:09

    And thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

Laurie Graves · 19 August 2017 at 14:15

What a wonderful place! How nice that is close by so that you can go to the performances. And, of course, buy earrings in the gift shop. 😉

    HMB · 19 August 2017 at 17:19

    Thanks Laurie. It’s only an hour on the train. Easier than driving and parking ! Have a good weekend

Emilio Pasquale · 18 August 2017 at 22:18

Beautiful images. I have yet to try Snapseed. I guess I should!

    HMB · 18 August 2017 at 22:20

    Thanks Emilio. I’ll be interested to see what you can do with it. !!!!!!

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