Sheffield Theatre tours are back!

This Summer you can enjoy touring not just one, but three Sheffield theatres.

From 22 July to 4 November, on a number of Saturdays, you’ll have the chance to join a fascinating tour of Sheffield’s trio of fascinating theatres- Lyceum, Crucible and Playhouse.

Find more details and book at their website here

Photo: Sheffield Lyceum via Sheffield theatres website, photo by James Stewart

London Festival of Architecture includes Lyceum and Apollo Victoria theatre tours through June!

The London Festival of Architecture brightens up each June, and this year the month-long celebration of our city’s grand designs continues to delight.

Most of interest to theatre-lovers are tours of two of London’s most celebrated theatres, the Lyceum (home to THE LION KING) and the Apollo Victoria (home to WICKED).

Running every Saturday morning to July 2nd at 11.00am (Lyceum) and 1030am (Apollo Victoria), these separate one-hour tours will take you into areas that the public usually don’t see, as well as regaling you with stories of the buildings’ colourful pasts.

Tickets are priced at £17.50 per person and can be booked here for the Apollo Victoria and for the Lyceum please contact Conor Hunt at

Birmingham Old Rep offers theatre tours

Birmingham Old Rep have just announced building tour dates for August and September. And as they’re selling out fast, they’ve had to add some more- so don’t be slow if you want to catch one!

Here’s your chance to step in the shoes of the Rep’s legendary founder Sir Barry Jackson as they re-open their doors to reveal a fascinating and star-studded theatre history of inspiration, determination and community engagement.

For more information or to book visit

Nottingham theatrical collaboration enriches tour audiences’ experience

Emily Connell, Ade Andrews (tour guide) and Maddy Clark

In Nottingham, the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall team cleverly used the lengthy break in backstage tours due to Covid-19, along with National Lottery Heritage Funding, by reassessing, updating and bringing a fascinating new dimension to the venue’s popular backstage tours via a bespoke costume commission.

Two costume design students from Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Maddy Clark and Emily Connell, were commissioned to produce a unique new costume for tour guide Ade Andrews, inspired by materials found in the venue’s extensive archive Heritage Archive at Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

Maddy Clark, a second year BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction student at NTU, said: “The design of the waistcoat is based on wallpaper patterns from the original plans for the building, and I also used original designs for the pillars, stone and marblework. The design for the scarves is taken from a huge variety of postcards featuring actors and lots of interesting characters and faces from the archive. It was really fun to consider all the theatrical needs of the costume.”

Emily Connell, in her final year studying BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction at NTU, said: “The best part of this project has been the freedom to have fun and look into the archive. The waistcoat fabric matches the venue perfectly. It’s really cool to see our work up on stage.”

Ade Andrews, who leads the Limelight Backstage Tour in character as storyteller Ezekial Bone, said: “It’s a joy doing the Limelight Backstage Tour, but I haven’t done it for a couple of years so being here again, in the costume, is really bringing it back to me. Before, the costume I wore was some bits and bobs I had of my own to conjure up the character, but now I have the definitive costume it’s going to really help breathe life into the whole thing again.”

Character-led Limelight Backstage Tours of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall recommence from April 23rd. See the attached link for more details. Limelight Backstage Tours