Pleasant Intruders

Circa: August 1942

The auction and appeal brought the Theatre back into the forefront of many Bristolians’ minds. Performances were put on hold, but people were still interested in seeing the historic local landmark. 

This letter tells the incredible story of a family who inadvertently broke into the Theatre. Expecting a tour guide to show them around, they were surprised to find two school boys who let them in through a back stairway. They "had a most interesting time, looking over the whole building and working lights" and "found the thunder to the great delight of all"

A separate letter shows the trustees were disconcerted at the news that people were gaining unsupervised access. Wilfred Leighton, chairman of the group fighting to save the Theatre, even suggested such unauthorised visitors might be the cause of the Theatre's "excessive" electricity bills.