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Open day at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal

Published: 21 March 2019

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal is to hold a free open day so that the public can check out the venue’s heritage work over the past two years.

In 2017, the Theatre Royal was given money by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish a new programme. This included recruiting and training more than 50 volunteers, organising and cataloguing the Theatre Royal’s physical archive, conducting oral history interviews with actors, performers, staff, audience members and others to preserve memories and stories of the Theatre Royal, establishing a series of special heritage talks and events, and creating a new digital archive.

During the open day, there will be an opportunity for people to peruse many original items dating back to when the Theatre Royal’s doors first opened in 1865.

David Longford, creative learning manager for the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, said, “after our 150th anniversary celebrations in 2015, this heritage legacy project was a chance for us to realise our ambition to engage creatively with our history.

“There’s still a lot more work to do and we have some exciting ideas to develop, but this open day will be an opportunity to thank volunteers, funders and partners for what we’ve achieved so far.”

The open day will be held on Saturday 6 April from 9:30AM until 1PM.

Steve Orme