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Royal Exchange invites audience behind the scenes, 5 October

The Royal Exchange Open day is part of the Fun Palaces weekend.

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre is to open its doors to the public at a free Open Day as part of the national Fun Palaces weekend at the beginning of October.

Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange event – which takes place on Sunday 5 October from 11am to 5pm – offers visitors the chance to get behind the scenes of a working theatre. It will also include Family Friendly activities, workshops for all ages, the chance to dress up in the Theatre's costumes and free entertainment in the Great Hall.

Backstage tours will also allow people to reach the parts of the Royal Exchange normally hidden away behind doors marked ‘staff only' and discover the secrets of the theatre's sound, lighting and wardrobe departments.

On the same weekend, venues across the UK will be hosting Fun Palaces events - bringing together arts and sciences, children and adults.

More information on the Exchange's Open Day is available from www.royalexchange.co.ul/funpalaces