Heritage Open Day 2021
Discover more about the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre!
Join us this Heritage Open Day for a behind-the-scenes look at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre!
Open 10am - 1pm
A rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at this grade II listed venue, which has hosted an amazing list of stars since it opened in 1965.
Celebrate theatre food and snacks through the ages with our fun and family friendly activities.
The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened to the public on June 1965 with a star-studded gala, attended by Dirk Bogarde, Susan Hampshire, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Redgrave and many more stars of the day. Over the years, this grade II listed building, designed by local architect John Brownrigg, has produced and presented an astonishing list of important plays, as well as our traditional Christmas panto.
Visitors will have the chance to take part in family friendly activities which explore different theatre snacks eaten in the past and present and to have tours of our buildings.
The theatre tours are a special chance to see behind the scenes, and to find out how a play takes the stage every week, as well as to explore the architectural merit of this much-loved building.
There's no need to book - just turn up!
Tours will begin at 10:15, 11:00, 11:45 and 12:30. Tours will last approximately 30 mins.
Visiting the theatre safely
As we welcome you back to the Yvonne Arnaud, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.
How we can all work together to stay safe:
- We ask that you consider others and continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt) whilst in our venue.
- Please consider your distance from others and follow the one-way system around the building.
- Please take care over handwashing. We will continue to provide hand sanitiser around the building.
- All public areas will have continue to have enhanced cleaning and regular fogging.
- All staff, performers, and volunteers will continue to be regularly tested and will wear face coverings.
We ask that whatever your views on social distancing and mask wearing, you respect everyone in the theatre and their choices.
Making a booking.
To reduce contact, tickets will only continue to only be available via email. You will not be able to collect tickets from the Box Office. If you are able to open your tickets, from your email, on your mobile phone or tablet, you can just show them to us on this device rather than printing them at home.
We are now selling most performances at full capacity, even if they were originally sold as socially distanced. You are now able to book for groups of any size and with those outside of your household.
If you would prefer not to be too close to other visitors, please contact the box office and we will do our best to recommend a performance or seats which may offer more space.
We are also now offering socially distanced seating in the Circle for selected performances, please check individual show pages to see where this is applicable.
Book with confidence!
Rest assured, should you have to isolate due to Covid-19 when you are due to come to a booked event, we will happily help you out.
Where possible, we will move you to a different performance of the same show. If this isn't possible, we will give you a gift voucher for the price of your ticket, valid for 12 months from date of issue, so that you can come and see something else when your isolation is over!
Please contact the Box Office with as much notice as possible before the show to arrange this. We are unable to do this retrospectively after a show.
As is always the case, should an event be cancelled we will issue a full refund.
Whilst you are at the theatre.
We ask that if you, or any of your party, meet any of the following criteria on the day of the performance, that you do not attend:
- In the last 10 days, have developed Covid-19 symptoms.
- In the last 10 days, have tested positive for Covid-19.
- In the last 10 days, have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
- In the last 10 days, have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace system and told to self-isolate.
You are no longer required to undergo a temperature check, or to check-in on the NHS Test and Trace app.
There will be multiple hand sanitiser stations set up around the building. We ask that you continue to take care over handwashing, consider your proximity to others, and consider the safety of others and wear a face covering (unless exempt) when in our venue.
Our Café will be open before each event. We serve a range of alcoholic, hot, and soft drinks, as well as snacks and light meals. You can find out more about our food and drink offer, and view our current menu here.
We ask that you consider paying via contactless or card to help limit contact.
The cloakroom will continue to be closed. You will be able to take your belongings into the auditorium with you, but please bring the minimum number of personal items needed.