Norwich Theatre Royal’s annual Open Day is back by popular demand on Saturday August 11 when the theatre will fling open its doors for the public to have a look behind the scenes to see just what goes into bringing the magic of the shows to the stage.
The theatre will also be holding one of its eagerly-anticipated costume sales on the day for visitors to snap up some theatrical glitz and glamour for themselves at a bargain price.
The costume sale, where outfits from past pantos and other shows are brought out of storage for sale, will be just one of the attractions happening at this year’s free family day out which runs from 10am to 4pm. There will also be special backstage guided tours around the theatre’s auditorium and corridors where visitors can roam around and ‘access all areas’, including the star dressing rooms, to find out what happens behind-the-scenes and the skills that go into bringing a show to the stage.
There will be the chance to find out about lights, sound effects and costumes; interactive activities such as a dressing up area for children and adults; and lots of activities for younger visitors to enjoy from activity trails to face-painting and competitions.
In addition to the main theatre building being open for the day, visitors can also look around Stage Two where the theatre’s development and participation team delivers a range of opportunities to encourage engagement in the performing arts.
Judy Foster, Norwich Theatre Royal communications officer, said: “Our annual Open Day always proves very popular with those looking for fun holiday activities for all the family, as well as with avid theatregoers interested to see what goes on behind the scenes in a busy theatre. They can also discover some of the other things that go on here, such as our work in offering our local community and schools the chance to experience and participate in creative activities for families, children, young people and adults.”
Norwich Theatre Royal Open Day is on Saturday August 11, from 10am-4pm. Entry is free.