Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal opens its doors this week for the start of a new season of guided tours.
The Georgian Theatre Experience tells the story of the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form.
This year’s tour season starts this week with guided visits running on the hour from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Saturday, until the end of October.
Theatre bosses say the tour has a 5-star rating on the international tourism website TripAdvisor.
Visitors to The Georgian Theatre Experience take a guided tour of the auditorium, dressing rooms and stage, as well as spend time in the state-of-the-art exhibition area.
The exhibition is home to the recently restored Woodland Scene – Britain’s oldest surviving stage scenery painted between 1818 and 1836 – as well as old playbills, scripts and photographs. Locals will also recognise props from recent pantomimes.
“We are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to the Theatre in the months ahead,” said Clare Allen, chief executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal.
“Each tour is led by one of our extremely knowledgeable volunteer guides who enthusiastically bring the Theatre to life with entertaining tales of those who were both on and off the stage.”
The Georgian Theatre Experience can be accessed from the main entrance of the theatre on Victoria Road.
No pre-booking is required but larger groups are advised to phone in advance.
For further information, please contact 01748 823710 or visit www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk