By Ian Dipple Friday 06 September 2013 Updated: 06/09 08:50
REDDITCH'S historic Palace Theatre can now be viewed from anywhere in the world thanks to the creation of an online virtual tour.
Residents now have an access all areas pass to the Alcester Street venue as a result of a link up between Redditch Borough Council and Solihull based photographer Kevin Harper as part of the Edwardian theatre's 100th anniversary celebrations.
Mr Harper took more than 500 pictures inside the Palace including views often never seen by the public such as the dressing rooms and technical area, to create a 360 degree virtual walkaround.
They have been uploaded to search engine giant Google's Street View service. Residents can view the tour by visiting the Palace Theatre's website or searching for it in Google, clicking on maps and then dragging the yellow man icon over the location and adjusting the image until the view of the Palace with its doors open appears.
Mr Harper said it was a privilege to have been involved in the project.
"When I saw the theatre I really wanted to create a virtual tour. It's unique and has so many interesting features," he said.
Council leader Bill Hartnett added: "I'm delighted to announce this new feature which opens up our theatre to anyone that wants to have a look.
"If you're curious about what goes on behind the curtain now you can see for yourself."
A day of celebrations take place tomorrow (Saturday) to mark the start of the theatre's centenary year.
They include include street theatre around St Stephen's Church, craft activities, live music and an exhibition on the theatre's history.
In the evening Crackerjack star Don Maclean will be hosting a special show involving various theatre and drama groups from across Redditch and Alcester to tell the story of the theatre over the ten decades it has been entertaining the public.
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12 and can be booked by visiting www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01527 65203.
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