Old Theatre Royal and Masonic Museum

It’s easy to miss this ordinary looking building, yet behind the modest front door lies a fascinating history dating back to 1750. This museum reveals the story of the first purpose-built theatre in Bath. Originally named the St James Theatre, it soon became the first Theatre Royal outside London with star performers such as William Dimond and Sarah Siddons attracting sell-out audiences. As the population of Bath grew towards the end of the 1700s, its limitations were obvious and a new location for the theatre was found in Beaufort Square, the site now occupied by the Theatre Royal Bath. The Theatre Royal and Masonic Hall are open to the public on selected days with guided tours available to give you an insight into the history of the theatre, the building and freemasonry in general.

Opening times vary, check website for details
12 Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU
Tel: 01225 462233  

Web: oldtheatreroyal.com