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Theatre Tours in the United Kingdom

This theatre tour guide features all the information we have on theatre tours in the United Kingdom. The guide covers theatres featured on this website so you may wish to check local listings for any additional theatre tours available in the United Kingdom. Enjoy your tour!



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Bristol Hippodrome

** TOURS ARE CURRENTLY ON HIATUS (as at July 2021) **

As of March 2017, theatre tours are available most Saturday mornings and the occasional weekday. Tours commence 10:30am at the main entrance on St Augustine’s Parade. Tours run approximately 2 hours and include several levels of stairs. The tour takes you around front of house and backstage areas, and includes the history, the shows, the stars, and of course a smattering of gossip and ghost stories.

For more details see the Bristol Hippodrome’s Theatre Tour website Link opens in new window. Advance reservations not required although recommended to ensure your chosen tour is not full. Note: Backstage access is dependent on the visiting company’s theatre operations on the day of your tour and is not guaranteed.



Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Theatre tours are scheduled according to theatre availability. The current schedule is available on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Tours cost £10 per person (£8 for Friends) and run for 60-90 minutes. Note: Backstage access is dependent on the visiting company’s theatre operations on the day of your tour and is not guaranteed.



Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man

Tours run every Saturday at 10am, Easter through October. Tour duration 2hrs 15mins. Adults £8.50, Children (16 and under) £4.50, Family £19 (2 adults & 2 children). Private tours can be made by arrangement and further tours may be available during July and August. Note that due to the original features of the theatre, many parts of the tour are inaccessible for people with mobility related disabilities. Information correct as of January 2020. Check the Villa Gaiety website Link opens in new window or telephone 01624 600555 Link opens in new window for the most up-to-date information.



King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic theatre tours are on hiatus until further notice **

As of 2018 tours are available roughly once per month. The full schedule is available on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Tours cost £10 per person (£8 for Friends) and run for around 90 minutes.

After reminding yourself of the public areas you’ll get to see Backstage and, if you’re lucky, the Understage and Dressing Room areas of the theatre normally closed-off to the public! Note: Backstage access is dependent on the visiting company’s theatre operations on the day of your tour and is not guaranteed. Information correct as of March 2017.



Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic theatre tours are on hiatus until further notice **

Sheffield Theatres offer backstage tours generally once per month however scheduling is subject to visiting companies and production requirements. Tours start 10am at the Crucible Box Office and run for two hours, with refreshments served after the tour. Tours visit the Crucible, Studio, and Lyceum Theatres (subject to availability) and conclude with a cream tea scone with jam and clotted cream and a pot of tea. Tickets £15. Information correct as of February 2020.



Richmond Theatre

** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic theatre tours are on hiatus until further notice **

The Richmond Theatre offers regular tours although the twice-monthly schedule is dictated by visiting productions. Tours last 1hr 30mins and cost £12.50. A full tour schedule and online booking is available on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. For more information contact richmondcl@theambassadors.com Link opens in new window.



Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Lyceum runs tours (60 mins) backstage at the theatre, and at their theatre workshop and stores (offsite) for groups between 10 and 20 in size. Further details are available on The Lyceum’s website Link opens in new window.

The theatre sometimes participates in the annual Edinburgh Doors Open Day Link opens in new window.



Theatre Royal, Bristol

The theatre runs regular tours, generally every Wednesday and most Saturday mornings, which last one hour and cost £12 per person (£10 concessions). Spaces regularly included on the tour: the new Bristol Old Vic foyer; the Georgian Auditorium, Stage, Gallery, and Pit passages; the Paintshop and Paint Frame; the Weston Studio; and Coopers’ Hall. Access is subject to theatre operations at the time of your tour and some areas may be restricted. Check the theatre’s website Link opens in new window for further details and online booking.

The theatre has previously participated in the annual Bristol Open Doors Link opens in new window event and may do so again in the future.



Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Following the theatre’s renovation tours will resume on 15th September 2021.

Guided Tours are given in English and last approximately 1 hour. There are 20 spaces available per tour. Tours meet in the main foyer/lobby. Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a working theatre, so no two tours are the same. Sometimes the route will need to change due to other events taking place in the building. This is a walking tour with numerous steps and backstage areas so comfortable shoes are recommended.

Tour schedule: Wed & Fri: 10:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm. Thu & Sat: 10:30am, 12pm. Sun: 10:30am. Tickets £18.50 (no booking fee).

Booking line 020 7087 7748 Link opens in new window, or online at the theatre’s tour website Link opens in new window, which also includes additional information about the tour.



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