Access-All-Areas As Theatre Opens Its Doors


Working the spotlight at last year’s Norwich Theatre Royal Open Day.

Norwich Theatre Royal is throwing open both its doors on Saturday (August 26) for its exciting access-all-areas annual Open Day when visitors get the chance to find out what happens onstage, backstage and behind the scenes.

The event runs from 10am-4pm, and is FREE to attend, offering the public a glimpse behind the curtain and into the dressing rooms while roaming around the corridors and treading the boards on guided tours.

Behind The Scenes – the costume sale at last year’s Norwich Theatre Royal Open Day.

Activities will range from using the spotlight to making a front of house announcement, trying out some costume changes and sitting in the dressing room seats used by the stars.

Children will be able to follow a trail around the building and enter a competition to win a prize, with other activities ranging from decorating biscuits with panto characters, face painting to balloon modelling, and all ages can take the recycle challenge.

Visitors can also learn to sign a phrase with the help of the theatre’s BSL supporter Sophie Monk, and there will be a sale of a colourful array of costumes from the Theatre Royal costume department with the chance to snap up some bargains.

There will also be an archive display of past productions of Sleeping Beauty, which is the upcoming panto for Christmas this year, as well as other theatrical materials delving into the theatre’s long history.

And in Stage Two, visitors can view the costumes from the Youth Theatre Company’s recent production of Alice Back In Wonderland, see a display of education work with schools and learn a dance step activity.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, including a hot buffet lunch from noon to 3pm.

Communications officer Judy Foster said: “Our Open Day is a wonderful, fun event for all ages with lots to do, and it really is the only time in the year when visitors get the chance to see what happens behind the scenes as we work to bring them the vast array of magical shows we have on our stage.”