‘Great Venue. Beautiful makeover of this old theatre which retains its charm while modernising the frontage and facilities. We’ve seen several excellent acts here and it’s always great. Very handy for pre-concert meals too.’
– Festival Theatre Tripadvisor Review
Festival Theatre Stories
Take a guided backstage tour if you want to hear some of the fascinating stories about the theatre and its performers. Including the tale of The Great Lafayette, an illusionist who died during the fire of 1911, while performing on stage. Many say that his ghost or dark shadow still haunts the auditorium. Hear about the time the theatre welcomed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for the 2003 Royal Variety Performance. Or, more recently, when it hosted Britain’s Got Talent Auditions with Simon Cowell and the team.