Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Grand? Or are you interested in the history of the theatre? There are a range of events running throughout the year that will give you more of an insight into the workings of the theatre.



Have you ever wanted to write and perform your own piece of stand-up comedy? Well, now you can.

The Grand Theatre will be providing seven free 2-hour workshops in the New Year to anyone aged 11-16. Throughout these workshops, participants will devise, write and rehearse their own 5-minute piece of stand-up comedy.

This will be under the guidance of actress and comedian Janice Connolly, known for Phoenix Nights, starring as Holy Mary alongside Peter Kay and is also a well loved stand-up comedy circuit headliner as her alter-ego Mrs Barbara Nice. Janice is a founder member of the award-winning Birmingham-based theatre company Women & Theatre and has been Artistic Director for the past 20 years. In 2017, Janice was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Community Arts within the West Midlands.

The workshops will accumulate in the participants performing their own 5-minute piece of stand-up comedy in an exclusive free show for their family and friends in our Encore Lounge at the Grand Theatre, hosted by Barbara Nice.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James Collins via 01902 573320 or email at

Past performing experience is not necessary.



Organise a visit for your group to the Grand this season! Learn all about the working world of theatre and enjoy a private tour of the building, front of house and backstage including the chance to go on the stage. Great for all ages from school parties to adult clubs and societies.

Tours can be tailored to suit the needs of your group and are available throughout the week.

To book your tour contact James Collins, Creative Learning Co-ordinator on 01902 57 33 20 or email


Our next public theatre tour will take place on Saturday 27 April at 11am, and will last for approximately 90 minutes.

The tour will cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s. You will have the opportunity to explore the stage, backstage, dressing rooms and Front of House whilst learning about the wonderful history of the theatre in our 125th year.

To book your place on this tour, please CLICK HERE or contact Box Office on 01902 42 92 12.

Please note that there is limited availability so please book now to avoid disappointment.



Our monthly Saturday book club explores a wealth of texts linked to show from the Grand Theatre stage. From classics plays like like A View From A Bridge to celebrity novels by panto stars, our book club enjoys discussing characters, plot and favourite extracts over coffee and cake in our friendly, relaxed environment.

Our next book club meetings are:

OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS, T.S.Eliot, 1939 (Saturday 18 May)

PINOCCHIO, Carlo Collodi, 1883 (Saturday 15 June)

EDUCATING RITA, Willy Russell, 1980 (Saturday 13 July)

CALENDAR GIRL: IN WHICH A LADY OF RYLSTONE REVEALS ALL, Tricia Stewart, 2003 (Saturday 28 September)

THE SHINING, Stephen King, 1977 (Saturday 19 October)

A TASTE OF HONEY, Shelagh Delaney, 1959 (Saturday 8 November)

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, C.S.Lewis, 1950 (Saturday 14 December)

HEARTS AND SHOWERS, Su Pollard, 1988 (Saturday 11 January)

Grand Readers meet monthly on Saturdays at 11am – 12.30pm, sessions cost £5 including refreshments.

Please contact Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 to book your place.



Learn more about life as a performer, fascinating facts about the show and have your chance to ask the company your questions.

These events take place either in our Spotlight Lounge or on stage and last approximately 20-30 minutes, providing an excellent addition to your understanding of the show.


AVENUE Q: Thursday 13th June (after evening performance)

EDUCATING RITA: Thursday 11 July (after evening performance)

A TASTE OF HONEY: Thursday 7 November (after evening performance)

CALENDAR GIRLS: Thursday 26 September (after evening performance)

For more information on post-show Q&A’s please contact James Collins on 01902 57 33 20 at

Post show talks are open to all ticket holders of the appropriate showings and will take place in the stalls with selected cast members.