Join Captain Skillicorne (tour guide – Phil) on a leisurely saunter around the centre of Cheltenham and discover the sites where once stood the leisure town’s first assembly rooms and theatres. Hear historical anecdotes about the illustrious actors and patrons who visited these establishments. Learn of the entertainment and plays that were performed at these amusement palaces, in a period when a visit to the theatre was one of the few forms of entertainment in the town.
Cheltenham received the royal seal of approval when George III stayed here in 1788 to take the water on his doctor’s advice. During his six-week stay, he and Queen Charlotte and the princesses visited Mr. Bowles’s theatre several times. Consequently, it became the Theatre Royal.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend the tour.