Exclusive Tours of the newly restored TheatreBe one of the first to see the Theatre in all its glory
With a newly restored, refurbished auditorium and stunningly transformed foyer, we are delighted to be able to finally open our doors and give you exclusive access to one of Belfast most famous landmarks. Be one of the first to see the incredible restoration and conservation of this iconic building,with exclusive access to the day-to-day life of this working theatre and hear the fascinating story of its rich and colourful history.
A guided tour of the Theatre, led by one of our Customer Experience Assistants, is now available to book. Follow in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Luciano Pavarotti and Darcey Bussell by being on our famous stage; see what happens behind the scenes during a show, and explore the symbolism and meaning of the gods, elephants, stars and other stunning architectural features inside Frank Matcham’s 1895 auditorium.
If you have younger children, then our family tours are for you. Family tours are slightly shorter than standard tours, and are more focused on stories which bring the Theatre alive for children aged 6-12.
Theatre Tours last for approximately 60 minutes with a 30 minute period preceding each tour for people to look around the captivating Heritage Exhibition. Maximum of 8 people per tour with social distancing, face coverings are mandatory.
Further Tour dates will be added over the coming weeks.
The Heritage Exhibition
Completed this year with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Grand Opera House Heritage Exhibition charts the history of the Theatre from its 1895 construction on the former site of Ginnett’s Circus, to the present day.
This fascinating and informative exhibition begins in the stalls foyer with a gallery of some of the best-known performers to have appeared on the Grand Opera House stage. In the Grand Circle foyer you can learn about the life and work of the Theatre’s architect, Frank Matcham, and in the Grand Circle Bar you can see photos from some of the biggest shows to have visited in recent years.
The main part of the exhibition is in the Gods foyer, where a visual timeline and interactive touchscreens take you through the key dates and events in the Theatre’s history. Go ‘backstage’ to learn what happens behind the scenes, and join May McFettridge in her dressing room for gossip and acting tips.
The Heritage Exhibition is free to enter, and is open from 2pm-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10am-1pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. The main exhibition area is open for school groups at other times: for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those booking Tours, the exhibition is free to view 30 minutes before Tour start times.