Have a look around

PUBLISHED: 11:11 13 September 2012

THE Playhouse in Weston is throwing its doors open later this month.

On September 23 the High Street theatre will stage an open day with illustrated talks and conducted tours led by the Friends of the Playhouse.

The aim of the day is for residents and tourists to learn more about the history of the 664-seat venue and to see how it operates today.

The venue puts on about 300 professional and amateur shows a year from music, drama and children’s shows to comedy, ballet and opera.

The original theatre dates back to 1946 when it first opened its doors, but was destroyed on August 21, 1964. The blaze claimed all but the front and side walls, both of which were unsafe and had to be subsequently demolished.

At the time it was described in the press as ‘The worst fire in Weston since the Second World War’.

A £230,000 rebuild programme was started and The Playhouse was re-opened in 1969.

The open day will be free.

Doors will open at 10am with the last tour beginning at 3.30pm. Tours of six people or more may be booked in advance.

For more details call the box office on 01934 645544 or visit www.theplayhouse.co.uk

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