Go backstage at historic city theatre

There will be a rare chance for audience members to explore a fascinating backstage story as The Montgomery theatre takes part in Heritage Open Days. The popular Surrey Street theatre and arts centre opened its doors more than 130 years 

ago, surviving both the Blitz and a devastating 1971 fire to become the home of many leading city community theatre companies.

Tomorrow and Friday visitors can learn the full story with two days of free events as part of Heritage Open Days. On both Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm the Gallery space will host a display of archive material, exploring the building’s history.

At 10.45am on Friday Sheffield Newspapers will be presenting articles from The Star archives, followed by a short performance of The Montgomery’s story by pupils from Arbourthorne Primary School.

At 12.15pm, The Star’s Julia Armstrong will talk about the radical movement of 18th-century Sheffield, including the city's radical press and how writers and editors including Joseph Gales and James Montgomery came to be persecuted and imprisoned for speaking out.

Saturday will see theatre tours running at 10.30am and 11.30am.