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
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.