Skip to main content

Your chance to get backstage with Norwich Theatre's annual Open Day

We are opening up our doors for access all areas with Open Day 2024! From backstage tours to tech talks, we have an exciting line-up of events!


  • Blog

Calling all theatre lovers, thespians, and fans of stage magic, Norwich Theatre is thrilled to announce its annual Open Day is returning on Saturday 24 August, offering a behind-the-scenes spectacular you won’t want to miss.  

The event, which runs between 10am and 3pm, is completely free to attend and offers a wide range of activities for all ages. 

Join a guided access all-areas tour around Norwich Theatre Royal and Stage Two led by our knowledgeable guides. You will have the opportunity to explore on stage, backstage, under the stage and in the dressing rooms where stars have prepared for shows. Craving a more independent adventure? No problem! Take the self-guided route and go at your own pace.  

Audio Described and British Sign Language Interpreted tours will be running throughout the day, ensuring everyone can enjoy a guided tour experience. For those who prefer a calmer environment, a Quiet Tour will be held at 9.45am before the theatre opens for the day. These tours will be bookable to book online soon. 

After your theatrical debut, get involved with Norwich Theatre’s Technical Team and see some of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the show happen. Don’t miss the Tech Talks, where our expert technicians will delve into all backstage disciplines and offer opportunities to ask all your burning questions about career prospects, special effects, and life working in theatre. These free sessions are for anyone wanting to understand what happens behind the bright lights and are bookable in advance. 

During the day, you can also live your theatrical fantasy and try on some fabulous costumes from past pantomimes; take a look the Norwich Theatre archive; and even get your face painted! Remember to tick all of this off on your family activity trail for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. 

You will have the opportunity to check out the local artists we support with our artistic development scheme, which includes rolling drop-in activities and sit-down timed sharing of work. With Creative Engagement taster sessions running throughout the day, you can try some of Norwich Theatre’s fabulous take part activities and be inspired to get creative, including Parents Singing Circle.   

Feeling parched after all that? The Café Royal will be open throughout the day, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks.   

Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive and Creative Director at Norwich Theatre said: “Norwich Theatre Open Day is one of my favourite days in our calendar. We throw open the doors and invite you right into the beating heart of the theatre. 

“Whether you’re fascinated by lighting and sound, dazzled by costumes, curious about our history, or interested in our work as a charity, there’s something for everyone. Join us for a whole lot of fun and discover the hidden world that brings theatre to life.”  

For more information or to book the Tech Talks, click here or call the Box Office on 01603 630 000.