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 now open for guided tours, which will run Monday to Saturday until the end of October. Tours start on the hour from 10am to 4pm, with the last tour leaving at 4pm.
Adult - £5 (valid for repeat visits for 12 months)
Child - £2 (valid for repeat visits for 12 months)
School Groups - £2 per child (teachers go free)
Other Groups - £4 per person
Tours are occasionally unavailable due to other activities taking place in the Theatre.
These dates are:
Friday 30th July - no tour at 11am
Saturday 14th August - 10am, 11am, 12pm tours only
Saturday 11th September - 10am, 11am, 12pm tours only
Saturday 23rd October - 10am, 11am, 12pm tours only
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 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.