Heritage Open Days

Explore behind the scenes

Dating back to 1787 and remodelled by the Victorians, the Theatre Royal is proud to be the 2nd oldest working theatre in the UK, described by the Theatres Trust as “of major significance” and a Grade ll* listed building.

As part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme, the Theatre Royal is opening its doors FREE of charge for an entire weekend. Come along and sit in the Royal Box, go mermaid spotting, check out the view from the Gods and soak up the historic atmosphere.

Our friendly “Theatre Ghosts” are so pleased to have been nominated for a Pride in Thanet Award that they have promised to return for a second year. Will you spot them as you tour the building?

We’re also proud to be hosting an exhibition of photographs by Dan Thompson documenting the creation of “Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland” by John Retallack – a co-production by Theatre Royal Margate and UK Arts International. This play is the sequel to “Hannah and Hanna” which originally premiered at the Theatre Royal in 2001.

Backstage tours for small groups, guided by our technical staff will run at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm and 3pm and will last approx. 45 minutes.  Booking required.

The theatre will be open to all FREE of charge, but if you’d like to explore backstage, why not join one of our guided backstage tours?

Backstage Tours:

Running time: 45 minutes

Ages: 6+

Tickets: £3, Children £2, Friends FREE.

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