The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
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Castle Theatre Wellingborough is located in the town of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England. The Castle was opened in 1995 as a community resource organisation on the site of Wellingborough's Old Cattle Market.
|Address||10 Castle Way|
|Owner||Borough Council of Wellingborough|
|Type||Multi-functional Community Theatre and Arts Centre|
|Capacity||503 (Main House)|
|Current use||Received work/produced work/functions venue/conference centre/community centre|
|Years active||1995 to present|
- Main House Theatre with 503 seats. Can have variable seating formats
- Main House can be 'flat-floored' for standing concerts with a capacity of up to 700. It can also be in Cabaret format for approx 150
- 84-seat Studio Theatre. 120 in Cabaret format
- Dance studio
- Rehearsal Room used for workshops and meetings
- Art gallery
- Separate exhibition wall
The bar and restaurant facilities are currently operated by Castle Theatre/Parkwood Leisure
Spaces are also available for business meetings and functions, wedding receptions, lectures, conferences, Christmas parties, dinners, talks, workshops, classes, and seminars,
Programming is a balanced mix of professional work, hires, community theatre, film, live satellite streaming from the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as a professional Christmas show.
In June 2016 Castle Theatre Wellingborough was closed, but was re-opened in August 2016. It is currently operated by Parkwood Leisure.
Former Artistic Directors.
- 1994-1998 Dominic Barber
- 1999-2001 Daniel Austin (now the Director, joint Executive and Artistic, at Jersey Arts Centre)
- 2001-2004 David Bown (Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre)
- 2004-2007 Bart Lee
- 2007-2008 Karl Wallace (now Chief Executive and Creative Director National Folk Theatre of Ireland)
- 2009–2011 Nik Ashton
The role of Artistic Director has now ended at the Castle Theatre after Nik Ashton left the theatre in 2011.