Sunday 13th September will be a very special day for the Abbey Theatre, and the resident Company of Ten, the oldest Theatrical group in St. Albans. Their doors will be open to the general public from 11 am to 4pm, providing a rare opportunity to see all aspects of how this thriving theatre company works.
From 11 am, they will be running tours of the whole theatre. Front of stage there will be a chance to experience rehearsals in progress. Backstage, visitors will be taken to see costumes in the extensive wardrobe department, and get a glimpse of the areas where props are made and stored, and sets constructed.
There will be also be workshops, including one called “Demystifying Shakespeare” and a Fight workshop, with professional fight director, Roger Bartlett. There will also be a voice workshop, a demonstration of how a period costume is put together, and a session on set design and other technical aspects of the theatre.
The Abbey Theatre Barbershop Quartet will be providing entertainment during the day, and Radio Verulam will be broadcasting live. There will be displays and interactive fun for all the family, including, selected items of costume to try on and props to try out.
It’s an opportunity to see a working theatre in action, on your doorstep!
Special guest for the day will be Mike Newell, director of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. His father was one of the original founder members of the Company of Ten, and despite his successful Hollywood Career, he continues to support the Abbey Theatre.
The bar will be open, plus tea, coffee, cakes and ice creams will be on sale throughout the day. The Box Office will also be open, selling tickets for productions up until Christmas.
Plus, everyone who attends the open day, will be able to participate in a prize draw to win a season ticket for all ten Company of Ten shows in the 2015 – 2016 season.
The Abbey Theatre is situated at Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St. Albans. There is a large car park, which is ticketed, but free for two hours if you are visiting the Theatre. For more details about the Abbey Theatre, visit the website.