Some of the Theatres in Bath:
Built on its current site in 1805, but with historical roots back to 1705, the Theatre Royal is one of the oldest theatres in England and consists of three auditoria: the Main House, the Ustinov Studio and The Egg, a children’s theatre. In 1768, a Royal Patent was granted by a special act of parliament and the theatre remains the only ‘Theatre Royal’ outside of London. Refurbished in 2010, the Main House can seat up to 900 audience members and is an excellent example of Georgian design, with red and gilt decoration, ornate plasterwork and sparkling chandelier. The theatre is said to be haunted by the Grey Lady and forms part of Bath’s popular Ghost Walks.
Opened in 1910 as The County (roller) Skating Rink, Bath Pavilion is a large concert hall venue playing host to artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepellin, The Who, Adam Faith, the Rolling Stones and Little Richard. More recent artists include Oasis, Blue, Streets, Jimmy Carr and Lily Allen. As well as concerts, the sandstone building holds exhibitions, regular Monday tea dances, civil wedding ceremonies and corporate and private functions for up to 1400 people. In keeping with its original purpose, roller skating session continue to be held each week.
Cited by The Times as one of the six best small venues in the country The Rondo Theatre is a small venue seating 105 people, presenting a range of drama, music and comedy. The bar is adjacent to the seating, close to the stage, and guests can drink whilst they watch the show. Run as a charity and opened in 1989, the building itself was a gift from Doreen and Wilf Williams, who intended it as a concert venue and centre for the community. Since then, it has received major lottery grants and donations to install state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.