Behind the Scenes Backstage Tours
Come with us on a journey behind the famous red curtain of the Grand Opera House, to see the day-to-day life of a working theatre and to hear the fascinating story of its rich and colourful history.
In 1895 theatre architect Frank Matcham bestowed on Belfast one of his most imaginative and opulent creations. The Grand Opera House is one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, the city’s foremost cultural asset, and the only remaining Victorian theatre in Northern Ireland. The Theatre was the first building in Belfast to gain Grade A listed status, and features the city’s richest and most splendid interior. Today the Theatre presents an outstanding programme of musicals, plays, ballets, opera, dance and family shows, as well as one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful and historic pantomimes.
The Grand Opera House has left an indelible mark on the history and heritage of UK and Irish theatre. Step out onto the stage where artists such as Laurel & Hardy, Luciano Pavarotti, Kenneth Branagh and Vera Lynn have performed, then go backstage for an insight into the technical workings of a show. And if you are lucky you might even catch a glimpse of one of the Victorian ghosts who some say haunt the theatre!
Dates & Times: All tours start at 10.30am in the Theatre Foyer. Click above for details of upcoming tour dates. The tour will last 60 minutes.
Age recommendation: 10+
Tickets: Standard £5.50 or £8.50 including tea/coffee & tray bake; Under 18’s £1 off
Complimentary Companion Ticket for people with disabilities
Group rate: Group of 20+ £1 off