The Theatre Royal was always a big part of my life, from pantomimes when young to grown-up plays, musicals and comedies.
My mother worked in the box office for years, so I was very fortunate to see many many shows.
I also got to meet many stars, and felt myself very fortunate. I sometimes helped to clean the dressing rooms and so got many autographs. Two of my most favourite were Hinge and Bracket, absolutely outrageous but lovely people. It would take all day to list who I met in those hallowed portals but it must be hundreds.
The building itself is so cosy and classical we should be very proud to know it’s in our town…