The Old Theatre Royal – A Hidden Gem
The Old Theatre Royal is an anonymous building in a quiet cobbled backstreet in the city of Bath. There is a unique 265 year history behind these doors waiting for you. This was the first Theatre Royal outside of London. It held many Shakespearean productions and entertained royalty regularly. The theatre then became a Catholic Chapel in the early 1800’s. It became home to the Benedictine Mission to Bath and was their principal place of worship. Now, The Old Theatre Royal is home to one of England’s oldest Masonic Lodges. The Masonic Lodge still use the Masonic Temple on a regular basis.
The building is also a top city centre venue for weddings, parties, formal dinners and corporate events. It has a unique ambience, many points of interest and photo opportunities. It offers its patrons flexibility and facilities to cover all their needs. The team also offer a supplier network which is vast, local and experienced. Various spaces are available to hold all types of private functions. This includes the magnificent Masonic Temple, Regency Dining Room and smaller meeting rooms.
Since 2009, the Old Theatre Royal has been open to the public. Guided Tours of the building are available throughout the year. The vaults beneath the Old Theatre Royal now house one of the finest Masonic Museums in the country. The museum is open to the public and included as part of the guided tours.
Every year the Old Theatre Royal is proud to be part of The Bath Fringe Festival. During the festival, the Masonic Temple is home to musical, theatrical and comedy performances. It also houses many other gigs and performances throughout the year.
The Old Theatre Royal welcomes hundreds of visitors and guests each year. It is an integral part of the rich history of the city of Bath.
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