Theatre Royal Winchester is giving audiences of all ages the chance to go behind the scenes on Saturday 7 September, by holding two backstage tours.
Families will get a taste of what it is like to perform at the theatre by exploring the dressing rooms and backstage area. They will get to walk on stage and learn about lighting and scenery, and children will get to role-play being an usher. They will hear about the jobs people do at the theatre, as well as learn about its history and the ghosts rumoured to haunt it. The family tour runs for one hour from 9.30am, and all ages are welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Later, at 12 noon, older children and adults can join a one-hour heritage tour that takes in all levels of the theatre. As well as the dressing rooms, stage and 400-seat auditorium, they will climb the fly tower – used to hang lighting, scenery and stage effects during a show – getting a whole new perspective, rarely seen by theatre-goers. They will learn about the building’s history – once a hotel and then a cinema – and the ghosts. This tour involves steps but can be adapted, to an extent, for people with mobility issues. Please inform the Box Office when booking tickets so arrangements can be made. The heritage tour is for over 12s only.
Spaces for both tours are limited. More information is on the website. Tickets are available to buy at the Box Office at Theatre Royal Winchester, by calling 01962 840 440, or visiting www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.