A TENBURY theatre is celebrating an important ‘first’.

It has been announced that a grand piano will be played on the main stage of the Regal Theatre on Teme Street for the first time in the venue’s history.

The seven-foot instrument will played by Charlotte Forrest on June 1 as part of the upcoming ‘A Night at the Opera’ gala evening, which is set to feature arias, duets and ensembles by composers from Bizet to Sondheim, Mozart to Bernstein, Puccini, Verdi and more.

A line-up of professional opera singers will feature alongside Ms Forrest, including soprano Erika Mädi Jones, mezzo soprano Bethan Langford, tenor Andrew Henley and bass-baritone Piran Legg as well as singers from the the Neen Sollars and the Milson Community Choir.

Locals will have a chance to sing along with the grand piano on June 2, as vocal coach Bryan Husband will be offering a singing masterclass throughout the day.

Mr Husband will be available to work on any range of repertoire, with musical theatre, jazz, opera and oratorio styles all being welcomed. Singers are also able to book more than one slot if required and are encouraged to stay for the full masterclass to observe and learn from others.

Regarding ‘A Night a the Opera’ a spokesperson for the theatre said: “The Regal believes this event marks the first time a grand piano will take its place on the Regal stage, adding an extra layer of magnificence to an already remarkable evening.

“Whether you're a seasoned opera enthusiast or new to the genre, this evening promises to be a musical delight.

“Join us for a night of exquisite vocal performances that will resonate in your heart and soul.

“Purchase your tickets now and immerse yourself in the world of opera at its finest. Don't miss this extraordinary event.”

Tickets for ‘A Night at the Opera’ cost £20, with the following days masterclass priced at £30 for a 25-minute slot and £7 for observers.

Tickets can be purchased at www.regaltenbury.co.uk, in person or by calling the box office at 01584811442.