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Castle Theatre


Building work began in July 1993 and was completed in January 1995 to convert a former cattle market and later supermarket into an arts centre with a 494 seat auditorium, foyer bar, brasserie and art gallery. The cattle market buildings now contain a 78 seat studio theatre, rooms for rehearsals together with administrative offices. The main auditorium has stalls and a balcony with a proscenium arch stage with full flying facilities and an orchestra pit. It was designed to be a multi-purpose space where raked seating can convert to a flat floor when the eight pallets that make up the stalls seating are moved using air film technology onto the orchestra pit elevator and then into the basement below. A comprehensive redevelopment was announced in November 2015. Plans included a new 200 set studio space, a 100 seat cinema, three rehearsal rooms, bars, restaurant and a workshop for set design. The theatre closed in June 2016 after the operating company, The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd, went into liquidation but subsequently reopened as The Castle Theatre.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
Current state
Current use
Arts Centre
Castle Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 1XA, England
Further details
Other names
The Castle
  • 1992 Owner/Management: Borough Council of Wellingborough, owner
  • 1995 Design/Construction: as an arts centre
    - Architect
    ACT Consultant Services
    - Consultant
  • 2011 - 2016 Owner/Management: The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd (TCW), lessee
  • 2017 Owner/Management: Castle Theatre Ltd, lessee
  • Capacity
  • Capacity
    494 : main auditorium
    78 : studio
  • Listing
    Not listed
Stage type
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Orchestra pit: -