Theatres and Opera Houses
'Wisbech Theatre (now the Angles Theatre) is accepted as the eighth oldest working theatre in the country ... In 1978 It was re-discovered and re-opened as a theatre ... From the beginnings in 1978 scores of productions, both amateur and professional, have followed ... Right from the start the Angles has not only been about shows. Its remit was, and still is, to provide a focal point for the theatrical arts for the local community, with a special accent on the young.'
'The Barrfields Theatre User Group was formed in 2012 to develop and promote the Barrfields Theatre facility. Barrfields Theatre User Group is a constituted organisation run by members of the five main users of Barrfields Theatre. The group has been set up to be non profit making and its main mission is to upgrade and improve the facility for both its users and audience alike. To do this we intend to generate income by increasing the number of professional performances being staged at Barrfields, applying for both local and national funding, fundraising ventures and donations. All income generated will then be 100% used to upgrade Barrfields technical facilities and appearance.'
'Beaufort Theatre hosts a wide range of performances and events throughout the year as well as arts activities and workshops. It is the number one venue in Ebbw Vale for drama, dance, live music and children's events.'
'Shropshire's biggest entertainment venue, The Buttermarket, finally returns to its former glory! Following an extensive £2 million refurbishment, The Buttermarket is truly a multi-purpose entertainment venue, featuring Europe's biggest light and laser show, three bespoke floors, corporate dining for up to 380, the Wurlitzer organ and much more! The Buttermarket is the entertainment hub of Shropshire.'
'An exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design ... An extensive programme of external and internal restoration was undertaken between October 1999 and June of 2001. Since the completion of this restoration work Buxton Opera House has been at the centre of a remarkable success story and has developed as a community theatre catering for wide-ranging tastes and ages ...'
'A multi-purpose arts venue situated in the heart of Long Eaton. Located between Nottingham and Derby, the Centre is Long Eaton’s premier live arts and entertainment venue. Comprising the tiered 180-seat Duchess Theatre, the multi-purpose Devonshire Suite and John Barker Studio, the Chatsworth Arts Centre is the focal point in providing facilities for the arts in Long Eaton throughout the year.'
'Chelmsford City Theatres offer entertainment to the people of Essex and beyond. Situated in the heart of Chelmsford's West End, the Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio provide entertainment including concerts, plays, ballet, pantomime, opera, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy, cinema, live music and children shows.'
'We are a theatre, an arthouse cinema, a gallery and a concert hall. We are a resource for our community, but we are also a professional venue, welcoming over 53,000 visitors every year. We are something unique, but we are also different things to different people. We are the cause and subject of many arguments and debates, and a fair amount of acclaim and affection. We are complicated and a little eccentric. We are not a little theatre. We like to make a big noise ...'
'Offers a wide range of professional theatre and events for you to enjoy. We are committed to bringing you a mix of genres to enjoy within your very own local theatre. From classical music and drama to comedy and film there is something for everyone! ... The programme we offer to you lends itself to families, friends, community groups and schools - head down to your local theatre for a good night out!'
'The Embassy Theatre, located on the seafront of the popular tourist resort of Skegness, is the East Coast’s premier entertainment venue. Operating all year round with a dedicated team of over 30 people, both full-time and part-time, who have a strong passion for the work they do, along with a team of very willing volunteers, we aim to bring you top class entertainment to enjoy. Our friendly team comprising of those "behind the scenes" within the administration team, the Backstage crew and the Front of House and Hospitality team all strive to deliver a great night out for you in our quest of "keeping entertainment live".'
'A 21st century venue firmly rooted in serving its local community and at the beating heart of the regeneration of New Brighton. We bring high quality national touring theatre and performers to the region, provide a local community hub for young people, local performers and artists of the future, and run a state of the art flexible conference centre with a busy diary of public and private events.'
'This 501 seat Theatre boasts a varied programme of live entertainment, ranging from one-night variety-music shows to week-long drama productions. The Theatre also maintains a proud tradition of presenting first rate Opera, Dance and Orchestral Concerts.'
'The Grove Theatre is a cultural hub for the people of Central Bedfordshire and the wider region ... We believe it is our role and the role of the arts to support both the individual and the community in enhancing their overall quality of life and mental well-being through access to entertainment, education and participation within the community. We believe that art enriches lives and everyone should have the opportunity to experience that.'
'The recent restoration has brought this Frank Matcham designed theatre into the 21st Century with state of the art facilities. Built in 1901, it is an extraordinarily atmospheric theatre. A Grade II* listed building, the Hackney Empire has spent the last 100 years presenting the arts in all incarnations ... Hugely versatile, the gilded, lofty and gorgeously atmospheric main space can take up to 1635 standing for a live music gig with stunning acoustics. There’s also a smaller, recently completed, fully featured rehearsal and event space holding up to 120 on site.'
'Premier entertainment venue for the Reigate and Banstead boroughs, providing a packed programme of latest release Cinema, Theatre, Musicals, Live Events, Comedy, Business Facilities and a host of other activities split across our two performance areas and a number of function rooms. With a variety of all shows all year round, the spacious yet lively Auditorium can accommodate between 494 and 764 people, depending on the event.'
'The King's Hall and Winter Garden currently host a wide range of events and community provision, from local amateur dramatic and performing arts companies, weddings and parties to lifestyle fairs and community events, as well being a key venue for the Summer Festival held in August every year.'
'The Drill Hall is the Lincoln’s multi-purpose, cross-artform live arts and community venue – and a real cultural hub for the city. We now have an active database of 42,000 patrons and attract over 100,000 visitors each year, from the city, across the county and beyond. We are a vibrant and busy venue with a wide range of sell-out performances and events to choose from, targeting every type of audience ...'
Redeveloped during 1997: 'Along with physical improvements to the theatre, customers have seen a change in the programming of the venue. To complement the amateur and professional variety shows performed at the theatre, a wider range of professional performances including Classical Music, Opera and Contemporary Dance will be brought to Mansfield ...'
Formed 1897: 'In 2011, the Theatre again faced an uncertain future but was saved due to the formation of the new Marina Theatre Trust. A number of highly experienced people from both the local community and theatre industry were recruited and have worked in a united attempt to ensure the theatre’s future success ... Since then, the Marina Theatre has staged a whole host of West End musicals, top class comedians, plays and other events, in addition to the continued residency of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'.
'Opened in August 2001 following many years of campaigning that began as far back as the 1960s! The opening of the Millennium Forum marked a new beginning in the city’s cultural life. The £14m project brought to fruition the city’s ambition to have a world class purpose- built 1020-seat theatre, conference centre and community facility for everyone.'
'Provides events, activities and facilities for the improvement, development and enjoyment of arts and culture across the North Devon region for all members of the community, whatever their ability, interest or background, whether as a participant, audience member or artist. We produce and present the performing arts, visual arts, heritage projects, community events and related educational activities at the Queen's and Landmark Theatres in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.' However: 'J M Williams and J A O’Sullivan of Bishop Fleming LLP, were today, 23 January 2017, appointed as Administrators to North Devon Theatres’ Trust. The Trust which runs two theatres, The Queens in Barnstaple and The Landmark in Ilfracombe has run into financial difficulties and is unable to continue to operate. The Administrators can confirm that all future performances are presently cancelled and the box offices are closed ...'
'This wonderfully intimate theatre, which was totally refurbished in 1997, hosts a wide range of productions including plays, musicals, pantomime, a classical chamber music programme and is home to the Upper Annandale Dramatic Society which was formed in 1951. The theatre is also used by the Old Well Singers who stage at least two concerts during the year and Moffat Music Society who have a September to April season of professional concerts and also promote local musical talent. Young UADS is a thriving children's and youth's section.'
'The best in stage, screen, comedy, music and children's entertainment - on your doorstep ... Currently showing more than 200 live performances a year, including shows as diverse as ballet, children's entertainment, drama, comedy and of course the pantomime ...'
'The Theatre presents a regular programme of professional performing arts to its local community and has successfully brought amateur and professional practitioners alongside each other to develop work for the community ... and attracts audiences from a broad area including North Tyneside and rural Northumberland.'
'The "Theatre in the Hills" has an international reputation for the high quality and scale of its productions, drawing over 100,000 visitors from through the UK and abroad every year to enjoy a unique repertoire system which allows visitors to see a different show every night of the week - two on matinée days!'
'Fire broke out at the Playhouse on the night of Friday 21 August 1964. It destroyed all but the front and side walls, both of which were unsafe and had to be subsequently demolished ... The Playhouse was re-opened in 1969 ... For the first time Weston had a theatre that could easily stage a wide variety of productions, from ballet and music to opera and drama. The stage is 59' x 28' and the cleverly designed orchestra pit may be covered to form an apron stage or floored over at stalls level for additional seating. The auditorium seats 664.'
'Loved by the people of West Somerset for its wide ranging programme of professional and community entertainment that includes drama, film, comedy, dance, music and performance of all kinds ... We have successfully hosted large and small scale performances in the auditorium of drama, ballet, contemporary dance, classical and all styles of music by large and small drama companies, choirs, full scale orchestras, small bands and individuals.'
'Commissioned by the New University of Ulster (now the Ulster University) as a major project during the 1970s, which was at the height of The Troubles, a turbulent period in Northern Ireland’s history ... Its brief was, and continues largely to be, the provision of a mixed fare of drama, variety and light entertainment, music, schools’ and educational productions, community and amateur presentations and an annual Christmas Show.'
'50-seat venue in rural Dumfries and Galloway, and is located about three miles from Whithorn (Scotland's earliest Christian settlement and one of its very oldest towns) and ten miles from Wigtown (Scotland's book town) ... Over the years the number of productions presented at the Theatre has grown. We try to provide a wide range of events — drama (including original work), music (classical, folk and jazz), poetry and play readings, and "theme nights".'
@ The Blake Theatre New!
'The Blake Theatre opened its doors in 2004. When Monmouth School refurbished its original building we decided we should share the theatre with you, our local community. So we have a part time team who are here to help you. Not only do we aim to provide an interesting range of shows, we are also available to hire for those groups seeking a professional venue for their production.'
'The Theatre seats 445 people on three levels- the main live programme takes place here with professional visiting companies, local amateur groups, schools and community organisations all regularly performing on the stage. We present music, comedy, dance, theatre and family shows.'
'Opened in 1988, The Hawth offers one of the liveliest and most diverse programmes of arts and performance in the south east. The Hawth plays host to artists, musicians, dancers and performers from around the world, from household names and West End shows to artists presenting new performance, theatre, music, dance, comedy and film.'
'Part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Leisure department and we manage three performing arts venues within the county. Our aim is to bring to the people of Carmarthenshire and beyond a varied programme of arts events across all our theatres. As part of our Leisure department’s motto, More People More Active More Often, we also encourage people to get involved in arts participation whether as part of a local performing amateur company, or classes and workshops ... We manage three unique venues in Carmarthenshire, these being: The Ffwrynes, Park Street, Llanelli ... The Lyric, King Street, Carmarthen ... The Miners', Wind Street, Ammanford ... Each theatre is very different in nature, the Ffwrnes is a state-of-the-art venue, the Lyric is a very traditional proscenium arch theatre while the Miners’ is an intimate venue with fantastic acoustics. This gives us the flexibility to put on a varied programme that will appeal to all ...'
'Opened in 1997 ... Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.'
'Between its own productions and four festivals, Theatre by the Lake welcomes to the Main House and Studio visiting theatre, dance, music, comedy and other performances for one night or more. Our backstage and technical teams provide full support.'
'A Community Theatre for the whole community to visit or use for their own functions or meetings. FHODS [Folkestone-Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society] are very proud of the 300 seat auditorium and the large function area available. Moving from the Little Theatre to a much larger building has allowed us to offer more than the very best in drama and light entertainment. FHODS is a charity and needs all the support it can muster ...'
'One of the most pleasant and best equipped small theatres in the country, presenting up to 100 events a year for the general public and members of Uppingham School. Seating 280, it is ideal for conferences, lectures, presentations, concerts and recitals. All seating has a clear view of the stage, and audibility is excellent, with a professional sound system and fully computerised lighting.'
'Consists of a theatre, conference centre and Arena. There has been a theatre on the Venue Cymru site since 1894 ... Where the Arcadia once stood, to the East of the complex, a new conference atrium and suite of meeting and conference rooms was built including a new 1550 square metre Arena providing space for 1800 seats theatre style or more than 2500 people standing ... The North Wales Theatre, Conference Centre and Arena demanded a new, shorter and bilingual (Welsh/English) name. In December 2005 a competition was launched in a local newspaper to rename the complex. Almost 300 entries were received and the winning entry Venue Cymru (Cymru is Welsh for Wales) was chosen a few months later.'
'Watford’s premier concert venue is world renowned for its acoustic qualities. Julian Lloyd Webber described Watford Colosseum as “the finest recording venue in the world” ... The acoustics were analysed by an acoustics company in 2009, who reported that the size and "shoebox" shape of the hall, the flat floor, and the materials used in construction, allow for pleasant reverberation and good sound quality and clarity, such to make the hall among the best in Europe.'
'Weymouth Pavilion is no longer Council Run. It is now operated by a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.). Formed in 2013 after the successful bid by Phil Say to save the Pavilion from demolition, the Weymouth CIC operates the Theatre building in order to not only maintain the building itself, but to benefit the Weymouth and Portland Community ...'
'The auditorium has 635 seats and every seat is designed to be no further than 70ft from the stage. The venue offers a mixed programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions. The Wyvern Theatre has a vibrant team of 30 staff members and an additional 30 front of house members.'
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