The Rondo in Larkhall, Bath is an intimate 105 seat theatre which has a unique and friendly atmosphere. Capable of staging both professional and non-professional productions, it has become an important venue in this vibrant city, hosting a range of shows and playing a central role in the annual Bath Fringe Festival. It is also one of the only theatres with a bar inside the auditorium that, although it closes during the show, allows drinks to be enjoyed in your seat during performances. To find out more about The Rondo and to view the rest of their upcoming season, please click here.
The Mission Theatre is a 200 year-old ‘Grade 2 listed’ building originally built as a Catholic Chapel. In the nineteenth century it was a Protestant place of worship. During World War 2 it was used by Air Raid Wardens and others, and was then taken over by The People’s Mission until 1998. It then became derelict until 2004.
It is now owned by the Bath & North East Somerset Council, which has granted Next Stage Theatre Company a lease to occupy and use the building as a theatre, arts centre and multi-purpose facility for community activities.
The Mission Theatre comprises a large well-equipped Main Auditorium suitable for end-on, thrust or in-the-round productions for up to 150 audience members. At the rear of the theatre is a two-storey structure called The Capsule which houses dressing room and backstage space.
On the first floor of the main building there is a small theatre (The Theatre Upstairs) and a fully licensed bar. Both the Main Auditorium and The Theatre Upstairs have proved ideal spaces in which local artists and photographers can display their works.
For details of what’s on and how to hire The Mission, click here.
Bought in 1951 by The Cotswold Players and converted from a Methodist Chapel into a theatre, this venue once boasted seats obtained from The Theatre Royal in Bath. Today The Cotswold Playhouse is an impressive purpose built theatre that boasts 152 raked seats, a rehearsal space that doubles as a dance studio, a bar and lounge. See their site for full listings.
Playing Up is grateful for the support of The West Wing at Hayesfield who provide us with rehearsal space. The West Wing is a purpose built school and community resource offering a 330 seat auditorium known as The Roper Theatre complete with green room, as well as The Amy Williams sports centre, a fully equipped fitness suite, large canteen and refectory, music practice rooms and a recording studio. The Roper Theatre has electronic retractable seating, a choice of Rosco vinyl floor or sprung wooden floor, additional staging blocks to create a raised stage and a fully equipped, sound proofed and temperature controlled control room. This boasts a digital sound desk and a Zero88 Leapfrog 96 lighting desk. This facility is perfect for dance, music concerts and theatrical performances and full details of events and how to hire are available by clicking here.
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