Sunday 24 September: Doors Open Day: King’s Theatre free tours

The historical King’s Theatre, built in 1905 on the site of a brewery, is opening its doors on Sunday 24 September as part of this year’s Doors Open Day.

Doors Open Day gives you the chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s historically significant buildings for free. From heritage landmarks such as the King’s Theatre to contemporary sites such as the Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court, Doors Open Day offers access to buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge an entrance fee.

The King’s was built by Edinburgh builder, William Stewart Cruikshank with the millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie laying the foundation stone. The doors opened the following year with a performance of Cinderella and the theatre soon became of national importance to the whole of the UK. With a long tradition of Variety and pantomime, stars such as Stanley Baxter, Rikki Fulton and Jimmy Logan have all trod the boards over the years.

One of Britain’s most opulent touring venues, the King’s Theatre presents a busy programme of quality drama, music, family shows and of course the ever-popular King’s panto. In 2013, the Festival City Theatres Trust commissioned renowned Scottish artist and playwright John Byrne to redesign the domed auditorium ceiling of the King’s Theatre, creating a unique and beautiful new public artwork.

There are plans to redevelop the King’s Theatre in the next few years to preserve its beautiful originality whilst upgrading its facilities and creating a more flexible, accessible venue.

As part of Doors Open Day, the King’s Theatre will be conducting a series of tours that will take you behind-the-scenes at one of the most historic and well-loved theatres in Scotland. Learn about the history of the King’s Theatre and the workings of a busy renowned international venue and experience what it’s like to stand on stage looking out at the stunning Edwardian auditorium.

Tours will last approximately one hour and free to everyone. Join us at one of four tours (booking not required):

Tour 1: 10:00 | Tour 2: 12:00 | Tour 3: 14:00 | Tour 4: 16:00

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