Theatre Royal

Washington Street,
Workington, CA14 3AW

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Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal originally opened in 1866, designed by George J. Smith, and parts of this structure survive, although much was altered in a 1912 rebuild. It was used as a cinema from the early part of the 20th century up until 1932, never converting to sound films. From 1935 it was leased to an amateur theatre group - there is a covenant in place preventing them from exhibiting films.

Inside, the original horseshoe balcony and an upper balcony were removed in 1912 and replaced with the present single flat fronted balcony.

  • Stage dimensions: Depth: 6.8m Width: 9.3m
  • Proscenium width: 6.3m
  • Height to grid: 7m

There is an attractive proscenium arch which was also installed in 1912. The theatre is owned and operated by the Workington Playgoers.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian on March 8, 2008 at 7:52 am

Exterior pictures from 1993 here:–

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Auditorium photos here:

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smoothie on March 9, 2008 at 12:03 am

I used to live and work in the Workingston/Carlisle area of the UK(just to be more specific for our overseas viewers LOL)1984-1989 in which i may have some chance photos amongst my heirlooms. They’re more likely to be of pubs though………

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