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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

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.

Bristol Old Vic

The Bristol Old Vic runs occasional weekend theatre tours which last one hour and cost £12 per person. Check the Bristol Old Vic’s website Link opens in new window for further details.

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

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

As of Spring 2017 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.

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, Drury Lane

NOTE: Tours will be on hiatus from 6th January 2019 due to major renovation work. Tours will return in 2020.

Tours run most days when technical work or rehearsals are not running and cover Front of House, Royal areas, and Backstage. Tours last approximately 1 hour and meet in the main lobby. Tickets cost £10.50 or £8.50 for Children/Seniors. Spaces are limited so advance booking is recommended. Booking line 020 7087 7748, or online at the theatre’s tour website Link opens in new window, which also includes additional information about the tour. Note that there are a lot of stairs on the tour, and that tour content sometimes varies due to rehearsals and restrictions on access to various areas of the theatre.

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