The Theatre Royal is situated in the heart of Wakefield, on the corner of Westgate and Drury Lane. There has been a theatre on the site since 1774, with the current building dating from 1894 and designed by the internationally known British Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham.
The building itself (a grade II* listed building) has been many things during its lifetime including a theatre, cinema and bingo hall and following restoration in the early 1980’s is now one of the jewels in Wakefield’s crown. These days, however, it is much more than just a heritage landmark - it is a centre of excellence from where a team of dedicated and professional staff are engaged in delivering a range of creative opportunities for the benefit of everyone in the district.
The event programme at the theatre covers a wide variety of types and style of work including drama, dance, music and comedy. As both a ‘producing’ and ‘receiving’ house the theatre generates a growing number of productions with the specific intention of providing particular elements which cannot be sourced elsewhere. The theatre has an auditorium of 499 seats and uses Wakefield Art Centre as a smaller space for parts of the programme.
The theatre’s Youth Music Theatre Group, formed six years ago, now has a regional reputation for the quality of its work and the opportunities it affords to growing numbers of young people to participate under professional tuition.
Theatre Royal Wakefield is committed to providing the District with a creative resource that focuses on people and communities and works in partnership with other organisations to offer new opportunities to participate in arts based activity. This work has the ability to change people’s lives and thus enable individuals and communities to realise their true potential.
Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane,
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2TE
Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.Wakefield Theatre Trust.
A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England Number 1173859. Charity Number 503597.