Last chance for theatre tour before renovation

The New Theatre Royal is holding a number of theatre tours with Lumen 158 by Periplum from May 4-6.
The New Theatre Royal is holding a number of theatre tours with Lumen 158 by Periplum from May 4-6.
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Visitors to the New Theatre Royal from May 4-6 could be involved in a unique experience at the theatre, with an interactive trip using iPod films and live performers.

And it could also be the last chance theatregoers have to see it before the lights go out and the restoration programme begins.

One of the New Theatre Royal’s Associate Artists, Periplum, has created Lumen 158, which celebrates the 158 years the theatre has existed.

Using smart technology, the theatre group will bring history to life with performers acting out past famous faces that have been there, including Laurel and Hardy, and telling unknown facts about the venue.

Theatre director Caroline Sharman said: ‘We are delighted to present such a unique experience to share and celebrate the theatre’s rich history at a time when we are developing.’

Formed in 1999 by artistic directors Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, Periplum has created immersive theatre experiences all over the world, touring across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

They were also previously commissioned to create a tour at the Portsmouth City Museum celebrating the life and times of Sherlock Holmes.

n Tickets cost £5 from the New Theatre Royal on (023) 9264 9000 or go to newtheatreroyal.com