Monday, 9 July 2012

Theatre Open Day

The Devonshire Park Theatre will be opening its doors to all and sundry on Sunday the 15th of July when the Friends of The Devonshire Park host their annual Theatre Open Day.

The lovely Grade II listed building was built in 1884 and was designed by Henry Currey. It was renovated and improved by the famous theatre architect Frank Matcham in 1903 and is now one of the best examples of a small Victorian theatre in the UK. It is also has one of the smallest stages on the tour circuit which can create interesting challenges when new productions arrive!

I attended the open day two years ago and the Friends had arranged displays of lots of historical information about the theatre in the foyer. There was also a corridor-length display about the creation of the fantastic Safety Curtain. It included some of the original drawings and hopefully these will make a reappearance in July. I also joined one of the tours which was a fascinating experience. I particularly remember standing on the rake stage and being surprised at just how steep that slope is. You'll be even more impressed at how dancers cope at the Devonshire in the future, especially if they're also wearing heels!

Devonshire Park Theatre, Sun 15th Jul, 10:00 - 15:00.
Free admission.

Backstage Tours £3 per person to include tea/coffee (under 12s free).
Tours will run at 45 minute intervals throughout the day. First tour at 10:15, last at 14:00.

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