This fine Victorian Theatre has been awarded Grade II listing by English Heritage, and quite right too.
Latest News!! It finally looks like all the hard work is paying off. Things are really moving forward now making it a really exciting time to get involved with this project – M. Herbert, March 2013.
The Grand Theatre was designed by John Priestley Briggs in 1899, who had previously worked for Frank Matcham, an architect, considered by many to be the master of British Theatre design. For those of you who may not have seen inside the Grand Theatre for some time, or indeed never before, our photographs clearly show its past splendour, but most importantly, its incredible potential.
The Grand will seat approximately 800 and will host the larger middle scale productions including Musicals and Drama, Orchestras, Opera and Ballet, without the need of significant additional subsidy. Our research confirms that there are hundreds of theatre patrons, both in Doncaster and the wider region, who travel to cities such as Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Nottingham and Hull to see big names and big productions. It is our ambition that the Grand Theatre will be able to offer them an unrivalled theatrical experience right here in the heart of Doncaster.
The restoration of the Grand Theatre and Opera House will be our statement of intent for this town’s commitment to live theatre in this new millennium. Please come and join us in our quest and help us restore this fine Victorian Theatre for the next generation. You can be one of those people who can stand up and say; I helped to make this project become Doncaster’s ‘JEWEL IN THE CROWN’.
The newly renovated Grand Theatre will be adjacent to the multi million pound Frenchgate Centre, with direct access through the centre itself with 1400, 24 hour secure parking spaces. There is also undercover access from the new transport interchange where you can catch all local buses and trains. This means that within minutes of your arrival you can be within the theatre.
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