Going dark for Essential Renovations

Today, we have gone dark as a theatre to allow for essential renovations and repairs to the building. This work has come from Durham University £2.4 million redevelopment project to renovate and restore our building, the stunning and historic Assembly Rooms Theatre. This development will see a dramatic change to our building for the benefits of audience and visiting artists. The redevelopment will drastically improve disabled access to the 220-seat venue, restore the 150 year old theatre’s original ceiling, and refurbish its Box Office area. The renovated playhouse will also include improvements to the workshop, dressing room, and toilet facilities for future artists to enjoy. This renovation could not have been possible without the investment from the university to restore the historic building and continue to cultivate and promote arts in the region. Durham University’s Director of Experience Durham, Quentin Sloper, said: “The Assembly Rooms is a beacon of art, creativity, and performance – not just in Durham, but across the region. I’m delighted to announce this investment, which will make this popular and iconic local venue even better.” Did you know… The Assembly Rooms was first built in 1869 and served as the city’s first cinema, before Durham University acquired the site in 1930. Outside of term time, the theatre accommodates professional touring companies as well as a number of stand-up and sketch comedy groups that perform throughout the year. What do...

Read More