Welwyn Garden City's Barn Theatre is set to give audiences a glimpse behind curtain at a free open day this weekend.

On Sunday, December 3, the theatre will host an access all areas open morning, offering visitors fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of the historic building, including the performance spaces and backstage areas.

Volunteers involved in each of the Barn’s shows will be on hand to talk about what goes into putting on a successful production, while costumes, props, directing, set building and the technicalities of sound and lighting will be unveiled.

"The Barn Theatre is a wonderfully inclusive club that exists for all those people, young and old, interested in the theatre," said Ian Major, the chair of The Barn.

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"We stage on average 12 productions a year, and we’re always looking for new people to join us, whether that’s in an acting role, or by joining our backstage, front of house, or creative teams – there’s lots of ways people can get involved.

"Many of our members simply enjoy the social aspects of the theatre, including special club nights and social events in the Club Room Bar."

Established in 1932, The Barn Theatre has been a cornerstone of Welwyn Garden City's arts scene for more than 90 years.

The current building it calls home, in the Handside area, dates back to 1830, although the original barn was constructed in 1598.