Norwich Theatre Royal Open Day

A host of family fun and activities for all ages is being premiered at this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal Open Day.

Storytelling sessions linked to shows coming up at the Theatre Royal and Playhouse are planned along with an activity trail to collect clues linked to this year’s pantomime Cinderella.

Some of the panto cast will be in attendance to welcome visitors, and David Gant, who plays Baron Hardup, will also be telling the tale of Cinderella at storytelling sessions through the day.

 The theatre’s popular face-painting also returns which means you can be made up to resemble a character in a selection of shows on their way to the city including Oi Frog.

The event on August 31 will also give visitors the chance to go on an access-all-areas tour of the theatre exploring the dressing-rooms, backstage areas and even walk across the stage to get an idea of what performers experience when the curtain rises on shows.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to browse the theatre’s archive of show programmes and posters, see some of the costumes that have been used in productions and even try them on, and get an insight into the theatre’s history as some talks take you into the past.

The event itself is a key part of the theatre’s calendar and traditionally attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Caroline Williams, one of the Theatre Royal’s front-of-house managers, said: “We would like to invite lots of families to come along and be a part of our Open Day. You are never too young to have your first experience of the magic of theatre and take part in some fun activities too.

“It is also a rare chance to walk around backstage and see how a show is brought to life together with the incredible chance to walk out on stage in front of 1300 people. Even better, the day is completely free and will while away a few summer hours.”

Norwich Theatre Royal Open Day takes place on Saturday 31 August, 10am-4pm. Entry is free.