Autumn 2016 marks 30 years since Burnley Mechanics Theatre was re-opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as the town’s premier new entertainments venue, following extensive refurbishment. In the years that have followed the Mechanics have been honoured to host some of the world’s finest talent from all realms of the performing arts. The highly acclaimed Burnley International Blues Festival helped to ensure the Mechanics international status as a unique and bustling venue and partnerships with local societies ensure that the town’s gifted performers have a stage on which to entertain.
To celebrate this milestone, the Mechanics will be opening their doors to the public on Thursday 8th September as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days are an annual festival that takes place across the country, opening up hidden or forgotten places and allowing the general public to discover more about their local heritage, architecture and culture – all for free.
Visitors to the Mechanics will get the opportunity to learn about the fascinating origins of the building since the foundation stone was laid in November 1851, as well as seeing all the areas that are usually off-limits; from the control room and dressing rooms to treading the boards on the stage, right down to the terrific cellars with their vaulted ceilings and even an old cobbled street.
Burnley Mechanics Theatre will be open for tours on Thursday 8th September, 11am – 3pm, free of charge, no booking necessary.