Bath’s Original Theatre Royal and Masonic Hall Museum
Tucked away in a quiet cobbled back street, Bath’s Original Theatre Royal is a rather unassuming building from the outside, but behind the façade is a unique 265-year history. The building’s life began as the first Theatre Royal outside of London, it then became a catholic chapel where Bishops were ordained and, since 1865, the building has been home to one of England's oldest provincial Masonic Lodges.
During the tour you'll experience the ambience of one of the grandest Masonic Halls in the country whilst learning more about the building’s past. You will see the original scenery loft and stand on the stage where Sarah Siddons, the finest tragic actress of the eighteenth century, received the adulation of her audiences. You will also visit the chapel where Bishop Baines would prepare before delivering his fiery sermons and enter the vaults where exiled French nobility were once buried. Here you will view one of the finest collections of rare Masonic artefacts in the world.
Admission to Bath’s Original Theatre Royal is through guided tour only. Tickets for the tours are available on the door or can be purchased in advance from the Visitor Information Centre and online through Bath Festivals’ Box Office.