The Albany Theatre is a 1930s art-deco style theatre formally the home of the old Coventry Technical College.
The building was designed in 1919 and the theatre opened in 1935. The building boasts stunning stained glass windows, marble foyer and old fashioned charm. The Albany Theatre with its brand new studio space provides a home to many local school events, musical theatre societies and community groups as well as a complementary range of professional productions.
Saved from demolition just a few years ago the theatre is now a thriving arts venue. It is run as a charity by a professional core staff with assistance from a team of volunteers. Their Arts for Life Initiative has a burgeoning reputation for providing visitors and local communities alike with a flourishing theatre and music scene that promised to make a valued contribution to the Coventry's UK City of Culture status.
An opportunity to see up close, not just the stunning Art Deco features front of house but also a glimpse into the backstage world of a busy theatre. With a chance to dress up in costumes, visit dressing rooms and see the workings behind the scenes, there's something for all ages to enjoy.
Main site is free to explore but the tour must be pre-booked - Tour times 11am, 12noon and 2pm.
Call: 024 7699 8964
Go to: http://www.albanytheatre.co.uk
Ground floor is fully accessible but the tour is not suitable for those with any mobility restrictions. Narrow winding steps up to the second floor backstage. Steps in auditorium towards the stage.
Max 10 people per tour/session.
From Coventry ring road take junction 7 Butts Road (B4101) signposted Earlsdon/Tile Hill. Leading up to the first set of traffic lights remain in the left lane and turn left up Albany Road. The Albany Theatre is on your right at the rear of the Premier Inn and shares the same main entrance.