Our main house is a beautiful Victorian auditorium designed by the famous architects Charles Phipps and Frank Matcham.

The theatre reopened in October 2015 following an extensive refurbishment project that included improvements to the stage, fly-tower and backstage area. The capacity of the main house has also been increased to 700 seats.

The main house stage has been graced by many iconic figures over the years, including Laurel and Hardy, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sarah Bernhardt; it also featured in the famous Ken Russell film, The Boyfriend and is one of the last few remaining Phipps/Matcham theatres in operation.

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