ROTHERHAM Civic Theatre gave people a rare glimpse behind the scenes at a special open day.
Theatre lovers were given a tour of the former church and found out about the history of the place where Hollywood stars Sean Bean and Brian Blessed took their first acting steps.
Opened in March 1960 with a performance of Pride and Prejudice by Rotherham Rep, the theatre has gone on to become the creative hub of the town and home to dozens of dramatics companies.
Rotherham Theatres manager Mark Scott said: “The Civic Theatre has entertained tens of thousands of people for the past five decades and generations of families have been enjoying the productions here during that time.
“For many it’s the place where they saw their first concert, play or pantomime.
“It’s introduced so many people to the joys of the stage and inspired countless others to follow their acting and dancing dreams. Performers and performances come and go but the fabric of the building somehow seems to retain the laughter, applause and the moments that make live theatre what it is.”