PEOPLE are being invited to step back in time and explore the history of a landmark city-centre theatre.

An oral history project about the Theatre Royal Brighton will explore its history through the 1950s and 60s, focusing on the people who worked there and attended as an audience.

Local volunteers have interviewed people across the city for stories about the theatre, collecting interviews from past audience members, technicians and Crossroads actor Tony Adams all talking fondly about their memories of the theatre at the time.

The fascinating stories will be shared with the public in an initial pilot series of free talks, tours, workshops and experiences, known as Sharing the Limelight, over the next two months.

A promenade installation with readings, displays and props around the theatre, both backstage and onstage, is on display this evening, featuring songs of the time.

On March 5, people are invited to drop in and take a look at the stage and backstage, meet members of the team, find out what the theatre was like in the 50s and 60s, and how they do things now.

Tickets to events are free but must be booked in advance through the venue's website.

Sharing the Limelight is a heritage lottery funded project, created by Inroads Productions in partnership with the Theatre Royal Brighton.

The theatre is on the lookout for more memories and stories to share from the era, with former audience members and staff urged to get in touch to share their tales from the venue.

The Theatre Royal Brighton, one of the oldest theatres in the country, first opened over 200 years ago in June 1807, developing a national reputation in the mid and later 20th century.

Among those to have performed at the venue include the Redgrave family, Laurence Oliver, Marlene Dietrich, Judi Dench and Paul Scofield.

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