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Nottingham Arts Theatre


George Street Particular Baptist Church was built in 1815 by the architect Edward Staveley with seating for 1000 people. It was bought by the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) in 1946 to house the Co-op choral, operatic and drama groups. Mostly voluntary labour was used to turn the building into a community theatre known initially as The People’s Theatre in 1948 but later renamed The Co-operative Arts Theatre. In 1999, CWS announced its intention to close the theatre and sell its prime city centre site for re-development. Nottingham Arts Theatre Limited, an educational charity, was created in partnership Nottingham City Council and the Broadway Media Centre to purchase the building and continue as a community theatre. Surviving a threat of closure in 2007, the theatre now has a raised stage area with tiered seating for 300, four dressing rooms and fully equipped lighting and sound facilities. In 2015, it entered into a new partnership with the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, a Nottingham-based centre for creative industry education and training.

Built / Converted
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Current state
Current use
Theatre (community theatre)
12 George Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 3BE, England
Further details
Other names
Co-operative Arts Theatre
  • 1815 Design/Construction: Baptist church
    Edward Staveley
    - Architect
  • 1946 - 1999 Owner/Management: The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS)
  • 1948 Alteration: converted into a community theatre
    A H Betts
    - Architect
  • 1999 Owner/Management: Nottingham Arts Theatre Limited
  • Capacity
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