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.
Normal opening hours are Monday to Saturday from mid-February to mid-November. Occasionally we are closed due to Theatre events so it is advisable to check before travelling by calling 01748 823710. Scheduled dates when tours are not available are given below.
Tours, which are included in your Experience admission, start on the hour from 10am until 4pm.
- Adult £5
- Child £2
- English Heritage Members £4
Our adult and child admissions are valid for 12 months and unlimited repeat visits.
2017 dates when tours will not be running or there are reduced times:
Wednesday 10 May
Saturday 20 May – last tour 11am
Monday 29 May
Saturday 3 June - tours at 10am & 11am and then at 3pm & 4pm
Thursday 8 June - last tour at 12noon
Saturday 10 June - tours start at 2pm
Saturday 24 June - last tour at 12noon
- Schools £2 per child
- Other groups £4 per person
Keen to get even more out of your visit to The Georgian Theatre Royal? Why not see a show?
Although our tours are suitable for any age group, during the school holidays we offer tours on selected days aimed specifically at families. These Family Tours feature additional activities and crafts so that our younger visitors really get the most out of their Georgian Theatre Experience.