See behind theatre’s ‘smoke and mirrors’

IN PHOTO: Andrew Tucker manager of the Palace Theatre Mansfield. The Theatre is celebrating 100 years of showbiz. POST PHOTO SHAWN RYAN

Do you want to peak behind the curtains at a theatre?

Well now is your chance as Mansfield Palace Theatre is letting curious drama lovers go back stage.

The theatre, on Leeming Street, Mansfield, is hosting an open day which will let visitors see the inner workings of the theatre.

Andrew Tucker, theatre manager, said: “Part of excitement of going to theatre is being amazed by the magic commonly referred to as ‘smoke and mirrors’.

“This is the ideal opportunity for the members of public to go backstage and share in that magic.

“The tour will take you backstage and staff will demonstrate how scenery moves and specials effects work.”

The tour will also visit where the stars get dressed or relax.

Stars who have performed at the theatre include Coronation Street‘s Philip Martin and Casualty’s Brown Rebecca Wheatley who played a fairy in last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk.

There will also be a brief demonstration of lighting and pyrotechnics wizardry while seated in the auditorium.

The 30-minute tour will take place on Saturday, September 15, and is free to the public but must be booked in advance – to book visit mansfieldpalace.co.uk or call 01623 633133.

The event is on the same weekend as the Heritage Open Days, which see historic sites open their doors to visitors .

Buildings taking part include the Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel, Stockwell Gate, Mansfield town centre, which has stained glass by William Morris & Co.

It is open on Saturday, September 15, until noon.

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