It won’t go completely dark at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this August, with a range of events keeping things ticking over during the venue’s annual break.
Spokeswoman Rachel Knowles said: “The theatre has put together a programme of atmospheric events in unusual settings to keep the Theatre alive during the annual dark period.
“Children, families, and adults will have a rare glimpse of the hidden parts behind the scenes at the Theatre, where all the events take place. Audiences will enter the building through the Stage Door on Bond Street generally used by the actors.”
n August 7-10: Stage Whispers. Come in through the stage door, where stars have walked for over 200 years, and follow an atmospheric trail around the dressing rooms and backstage corridors. Open drawers, look behind doors, watch, listen, smell, as you pass through scenes of Theatre history – and make history yourselves by joining in the various activities on your way round. Timed slots every 15 minutes from 11am to 4pm, £5 adults, £3 children
n August 10: Stage Whispers For Grown Ups. It’s the 1950s and you are invited to a cocktail party on stage at Theatre Royal Brighton. Enter via the Stage Door, dressed in your finery, and join the other guests for drinks centre stage. Your host will impart some gems of Theatre Royal Brighton history, while you enjoy a little light music and a tour around the Stage Whispers installation.7.30pm and 9.30pm, £12.50 (includes a welcome cocktail).
n August 17 and 18: Apparitions. An empty theatre, out of hours and after dark, is full of dark shadows, unexpected noises, and fleeting glimpses of theatre ghosts – or is that just your imagination? An atmospheric experience that will bring you out in goosebumps. 8.30pm and 10pm £8 (meet at The Parlour, New Road at least 15 minutes before start time).
Tickets on 0844 871 7650 or www.ambassadortickets.com/brighton.