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Inside View

You have tickets for the show but do you want to know what really goes on behind the scenes? If so then come along to our Inside View events for an exclusive opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with a member of the visiting company.

Tea and coffee is served from 10.30am, which provides a lovely opportunity to socialise in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere with friends, fellow theatre goers and the Friends of the Theatre Royal Committee. This also provides a chance to buy a winning raffle ticket with all contributions helping towards the running costs of the Theatre. Our guest arrives at 11am ready for the talk so ensure to take your seat and be prepared to take a journey into the life story of our guest.

Anyone who has been to previous Inside Views can tell you that it is almost impossible to leave the Theatre without a smile on your face as the morning is full of interesting and wonderful stories (the majority of which will probably make you laugh!). The Inside View events for the coming months are expected to be even better, with something for everyone, with guests from dramas to musicals, you can guarantee that our wonderful host Pam Clarke will uncover some of the untold truths and unexpected revelations.

Recent guests have included Shirley Anne Field (A Judgement in Stone), Lesley Joseph (Young Frankenstein), Dame Sian Phillips, Derek Griffiths and Teddy Kempner (Driving Miss Daisy) and Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard). Due to popularity it is advised to book your ticket in advance at the Box Office but tickets can also be purchased on the morning. The Inside View events are not just restricted to Friends of the Theatre; you are more than welcome to bring along a guest (or two) as all income goes towards the running of Friends’ events and helps raise funds for the Theatre Royal. We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events.

Sat 9 February 2019 - RSC’s Romeo & Juliet
Sat 9 March 2019 – Saturday Night Fever
Sat 6 April 2019 – Joseph
Sat 4 May 2019 – Girl on the Train
Sat 8 June 2019 – Motown the Musical

Tickets are priced at £3.00 for Friends of the Theatre Royal and £3.50 for guests.

All Theatre Royal Friends’ events which are advertised in the Friends’ newsletter and online are fundraising events organised by the Friends Committee. The aim of these events are to raise funds which support the activities of the Theatre Royal Trust and it’s users.

The Inside View coffee morning can be booked in advance online, through our Box Office on 08448 11 21 21, or on the door. (Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.)   

Matcham’s Numbers

Matcham’s Numbers is a prize draw that raises funds for the Theatre Royal and gives those taking part the chance to win a monthly cash prize. Over a twelve month period half of the total income from the draw is given in prizes and the remainder is spent by the Friends of the Theatre Royal on purchasing or replacing items for the benefit of our customers and visiting companies.
To join please contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 or email