Today, the magnificent contemporary Art Deco extension provides a suitably opulent opening curtain for this much-loved venue. Opera giant Pavarotti made his UK debut here and legends from Laurence Olivier to Laurel & Hardy and Dame Darcey Bussell to Sir Ian McKellen are among the many to have trod its hallowed boards.
The Heritage Exhibition uses colourful info panels, props and a 'magic mirror' starring panto 'Dame' May McFettridge to recount the venue's century-old story. Take a look as you enjoy a pre-show tipple before taking your seat for the main performance. Interval drinks are also served in the first floor glass fronted bar.
A varied year-round programme features drama, musicals, ballet, opera and the hugely popular Christmas panto, both in the main auditorium and smaller Studio space. And Tours take you behind-the-scenes and on-stage for a photo op like no other.
City centre location