Behind The Curtain Tours

It is 1884, it is opening night…

Our professional storytellers and actors will inform and entertain as you go behind the curtain to explore the unseen areas of the Royal and Derngate auditoria in this dramatized performance backstage tour.

Listen to the real life stories of the people who were involved in shows here throughout the decades; find out how our Made In Northampton productions are created with a visit to our workshops; discover where Dr Who was filmed and where Errol Flynn learned his craft, and if you are lucky, you may even meet our resident ghost along your way!

“Many thanks for a fantastic tour this morning.  You and your colleague brought the history of the theatre to life, we loved it!  We learned so much of the hard work that goes on to make a successful production” Customer comment.

Current tours available to book now are:

Tuesday 10 September 11.30-1.30pm and 3pm-5pm

Friday 13 September 1pm-3pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm

Wednesday 23 October 10.30am-12.30pm, 1pm-3pm, 4pm-6pm

Information on how to book for Behind The Curtain can be found here.

Customers are advised to wear flat shoes. Unfortunately the standard tour is not suitable for those with access requirements.

School Tours

Schools are taken on a guided tour around the building, including an option to visit the Derngate auditorium control room to have a go at operating the lights.

“Informative, humorous… the children were immersed in history of the theatre and still buzzing when they went home. The tour is a fabulous addition to our partnership.” Rebecca Reeve, Teacher, Upton Meadows Primary School

Accessible Tours

Accessible tours suitable for those with access needs, hearing or visual impairment are available with prior booking.

Please contact Erica Martin, Creative Learning Associate for further information or to book a School, Exclusive or Accessible tour.


We offer pre and post-show talks, providing a fascinating insight into the world of the theatre and a chance to hear from the creative teams about their process on specific productions.

We also provide opportunities for schools, groups or societies to meet with staff to discuss the workings of the theatre and careers within the creative industries, subject to availability. For more information regarding the above, please email Erica Martin.