The Royal Exchange Theatre, Rupert Hill and Goska Langrish are to open a new city-centre venue The Rivals, named after the very first production at the theatre back in 1976.
An exciting creative collaboration between two innovative Manchester businesses sees the Royal Exchange’s restaurant, bars and cafe fully redeveloped to embrace its dramatic location, and the introduction of an indoor beer garden to celebrate the stunning architecture of the Exchange’s Great Hall.
Rupert and Goska are established names in the city’s eating and drinking culture. Rupert is both a recognised stage and screen actor and co-owner of the successful venues The Castle Hotel, Gulliver's, The Eagle Inn, Baker’s Vaults and part of the team who launched The Parlour – winner of the coveted Observer Food Monthly Best Sunday Lunch Award. Rupert said:
"I’m so excited about this new venture, a place where both my passions come together in one stunning venue. We will be bringing not just a great new food and drink offer (including a wide range of cask ales and craft beers), but also a commitment to all the arts in our own events programming and promotion."
The indoor beer garden will be open to coincide with shows from the 31 August, whilst The Rivals restaurant and bar will be open to the public on the 14 September.