On Saturday 18 October, I got the chance to get a tour around the Theatre Royal, in Nottingham, and learn all of the Theatres history.
The tour was led by Ezekial Bone, who was ‘every man from the Theatre’, and was brilliant. He showed us around the seats where the audience sits, backstage, and we saw some dressing rooms, and even got to go on stage which, for me, was like a dream as I love to perform on stage and would love to star in a big Christmas Panto! We also saw many props and costumes whilst we were all finding out interesting and funny facts about the Theatre.
Did you know that the reason why people say ‘break a leg’ to someone before they go out to perform is because this one time, at the end of a pantomime/play, the whole audience enjoyed the play so much that they decided to shower the stage and actors and actresses with flowers and money to congratulate them on their wonderful performance, and so the man that opens and closes the curtains decided to keep on opening and closing the curtain, just for fun. So he carried on pulling on the lever that opens and closes the curtain, which is known as a ‘leg’. So the man kept on surprising the audience by opening and closing the curtains, and then opening and closing them again-until it got to the point where the ‘leg’ could take no more and then suddenly…”SNAP!” The leg broke.
So therefore, when someone says ‘break a leg’, what they actually mean is that they wish you the best of luck and hope you put on a splendid performance which will end up with you having endless joys and riches.
As well as touring round the Theatre, we also got to go to the Royal Concert Hall, which is just next door to the Theatre. This was only for the last 10 minutes but we got to go on the stage of it and learn that Elton John was the first person to perform on that stage.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Even if you’re not into Theatre or History, you’ll still love it. It’s great fun, for all ages, even when I first met the tour guide, I knew straight away, it was going to be a day to remember!