The Georgian Theatre Experience
Immerse yourself in a world of greasepaint, first nights, stage fright, props, scenery and showbiz from days gone by..
The Georgian Theatre Experience gives a unique insight into the past and reveals the secrets of this, the most complete working Georgian playhouse in Britain. During your visit you’ll discover our exhibition area; finding out about the history of the theatre, built by actor-manager, Samuel Butler in 1788. You can try on costumes, learn about life as a Georgian actor and savour the sights, sounds and smells of 18th century England.
Don’t miss our fully restored Woodland Scene. It’s Britain’s oldest surviving stage scenery. You’ll also get to see behind the scenes at the theatre itself. Stand on the stage, explore the pit and examine the scenery, enjoy the view from an exclusive box as well as the top tier cheap seats. Your guided tour is included in your Georgian Theatre Experience admission, which is valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months.
We are planning to open for guided tours in May 2021 and will update our website with opening times and visit details shortly.
It is essential that our visitors feel 100% comfortable whilst in the building so please be reassured that we will be maintaining the highest levels of health and safety. The Theatre has also been awarded a ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation from VisitEngland - a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark that was launched last year to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for visitors in the wake of Covid.
Live performances are expected to begin in September 2021 with the launch of our Autumn Season.
We hope to see you at the Theatre soon. Meanwhile, we thank you for your understanding and support and wish everyone well.