Theatre Royal

Brief description

The Georgian Theatre Royal is a beautiful Grade II* listed building dating back to 1786 – and the second oldest working theatre in the UK. The auditorium was remodelled in the Victorian style in 1874 to accommodate an audience of 466, and now features a raked Stalls area (226 seats), Circle (126 seats), and Upper Gallery (85 seats). There are also useable stage boxes on auditorium left.

The entrance lobby retains its Victorian charm with access to the stalls and upper floors.  There are limited foyer facilities with a tiny under stairs bar in the stalls foyer, and full bar facilities in the Circle, whilst the dressing rooms are dated and quirky. The original Georgian raked stage area still has full hemp (rope) flying facilities and full contemporary lighting, sound and power facilities.

The theatre is programmed all year round but quieter periods include January and the summer months. Film location enquiries are welcome.  In 2015 the Theatre was the location for the British feature film “The Carer” with Brian Cox and Emilia Fox.



Pay & Display on-street parking at Hawley Square and Union Crescent.  These bays can be suspended to assist with technical vehicle parking.


The Theatre Royal has its own facilities.


There are a number of cafés and restaurants nearby. The theatre has its own bar.

Contact: Pam Hardiman, Programme Manager
Contact details on request

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