As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations Colston Hall is inviting the public to immerse themselves in the rich musical past and get behind the scenes on specially commissioned historical and theatrical tours of the Hall.

Starting on Sunday 20 August and running weekly until Sunday 3 September, the interactive theatrical tours will take small groups on an intimate and exciting adventure to discover memorable moments and colourful characters that have lived, worked and performed at Colston Hall over the last 150 years.

Over the years many icons and characters throughout history have passed through the venue’s doors, from The Beatles, Bowie and Bob Dylan to the suffragettes, the roadies and the wrestlers. This tour series will give visitors the chance to time-travel back through the years to meet these personalities and hear their extraordinary stories as they make their way through backstage corridors, star dressing rooms and the historic underbelly of the venue.

With redevelopment works starting in 2018, this will be one of the last opportunities to see the existing Hall and backstage areas.

The tours are part of a series of celebrations to mark 150 years of the Colston Hall and the venue’s vision for the future, which involves an ambitious £48.8m redevelopment. There will be plenty of special events around the official anniversary in September, including a big free birthday bash on Wednesday 20 September (exactly 150 years on from when the Hall and historic foyer first opened).

Colston Hall first opened its doors to the public on the 20th September 1867, after The Colston Hall Company bought the land from Colston Boy’s School in 1861 to fulfil their vision of building a concert hall in the city. The Hall has seen four iterations in its 60 years, with the fourth and present Colston Hall opening in 1951.

In addition to the anniversary celebrations, 2017 will also mark a pivotal point in the Hall’s transformation to make the venue one of the best arts and learning facilities in the country.

For more information about the 150th anniversary events and to tickets for the theatrical tours please visit www.colstonhall.org/colston-hall-150 or call the Colston Hall Box Office on 0117 203 4040.