The Theatre

“A space that delivers professional facilities, that is flexible, affordable and accessible to performers and audiences alike. The doors will always be open, creativity will always be encouraged and the community will always be welcomed to meet, connect, participate and celebrate”.

1881 D01E Ground Floor Layout- THEATRE ONLY

Key Principles of the Theatre

– To create a vibrant, dynamic venue that has the flexibility to support a multitude of artistic events: a dance show with a school of children, an intimate play led by a couple of actors or a big screen cinema experience for film lovers.

– A theatre with character. A building with its own unique visual identity as well as functionality that sets it apart from other theatres in the region, attracting both audiences and artists alike.

– A desire to create a venue and programme that attracts professional acts whilst still nurturing and developing local artistic talent.

– To see the facility support economic development in the town, through employment, its supply chain, increased tourism, and footfall that boosts both the day and night time economies.

The auditorium will be a flexible open space that is accessible to all sectors of the community: a place for cinema, bands, music, comedy, dance, events, meetings, conferences and of course theatre.

Octagonal in its design, the auditorium has the potential to seat up to 200 people at full capacity and includes balcony seating. The restored Wharfingers store will also be opened out to connect to the octagonal space increasing the auditoriums total square footage from 2050 to 2728sq.ft!

To give you an idea of space, our “standard” front-on layout which is estimated to seat approximately 160 people, would leave you with a performance area of 10m x 8m with the width increasing as the area fans out into the Octagon.

Our crowning glory will be the central vaulted ceiling or “the crown” that the octagonal auditorium will be designed around, which at its highest point will reach an impressive 9m.

The back of house areas will include dressing rooms and green room facilities alongside an on-site workshop.

Further plans, details and designs will be released in the coming months.