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 open every day from Monday to Saturday between mid-February and mid-November. Tours are given every hour on the hour from 10am, with the last tour starting at 4pm.
Additional August tours
Please note that we are open for additional tours on Sunday 13 August from 12noon until 4pm.
From 14 - 28 August there will be special tours by guides dressed in period costume to coincide with the town's Georgian Festival (GeorgeFest17). Tours will run from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Saturday and from 12noon until 3pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday.
Restricted tour times
Very 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.
2017 dates when tours will not be running or running at reduced times:
Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August - there will be one tour daily at 12 noon.
- Adult £5
- Child £2
- English Heritage Members £4
Our adult and child admissions are valid for 12 months and unlimited repeat visits.
- Groups of 10 or more: £4 per person
- School groups: £2 per child, no charge for accompanying teachers/carers
Keen to get even more out of your visit to The Georgian Theatre Royal? Why not see a show?