After our first visit to the Theatre Royal sold out quickly, we were able to schedule a second visit for those who missed out.
Most of us are familiar with the theatre from the seating in the stalls, the balcony, and even the gods, but not many have seen it from the other side of the stage.
Our guide Robyn Rheinberger took us first outside, where layers of sandstone, brick and steel reveal the history of the building. Inside is a rabbit warren of dressing rooms, narrow corridors, the green room (which isn't green), the orchestra pit, and finally the stage, with its ancient boards and modern lighting and curtain-raising.
A fascinating insight and a great afternoon tea to follow!