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A Building

Theatr Clwyd was built in 1976 by Clwyd County Council to serve the region with world-class theatre and arts.

While built to cutting edge standards in 1976, the last 40 years have taken their toll – our roof leaks, our mechanics & electrics are at the end of life, our audience areas can no longer match the experience of our excellent work on stage, we’ve terrible disabled access, our theatre-making teams work in old & unsuitable facilities and the building doesn’t meet modern health and safety standards.

While sticking-plaster repairs over the years have seen us through, what has become clear is that our beloved building is not fit for purpose

An Report

In 2010 a Property Conditions Survey made crystal clear that without substantial investment the building would continue to decay, increasingly hindering the work of the theatre, before, eventually, becoming unsafe.

We can’t let that happen. 

We need this building for our communities, for young, old, and generations yet to come – to enrich our economy and to be the cultural and social home for all those we serve. 

We need to act, and act now.

Change &

In the mid 1990s and again in 2012, initial plans were drawn up for the redevelopment of the building but neither were deemed feasible.

In 2015 Tamara Harvey became our Artistic Director and was soon joined by Liam Evans-Ford as Executive Director. Working closely with Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of Wales they built on the incredible legacy of the theatre’s previous directors (Terry Hands, Helena Kaut-Howson, George Roman & Toby Robertson), ensuring the theatre evolved and progressed to become a leading 21st century arts organisation. 

A Building

Theatr Clwyd was built in 1976 by Clwyd County Council to serve the region with world-class theatre and arts.

While built to cutting edge standards in 1976, the last 40 years have taken their toll – our roof leaks, our mechanics & electrics are at the end of life, our audience areas can no longer match the experience of our excellent work on stage, we’ve terrible disabled access, our theatre-making teams work in old & unsuitable facilities and the building doesn’t meet modern health and safety standards.

While sticking-plaster repairs over the years have seen us through, what has become clear is that our beloved building is not fit for purpose

Image by Yonda Aerial Systems

An Report

In 2010 a Property Conditions Survey made crystal clear that without substantial investment the building would continue to decay, increasingly hindering the work of the theatre, before, eventually, becoming unsafe.

We can’t let that happen. 

We need this building for our communities, for young, old, and generations yet to come – to enrich our economy and to be the cultural and social home for all those we serve. 

We need to act, and act now.

Change &

In the mid 1990s and again in 2012, initial plans were drawn up for the redevelopment of the building but neither were deemed feasible.

In 2015 Tamara Harvey became our Artistic Director and was soon joined by Liam Evans-Ford as Executive Director. Working closely with Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of Wales they built on the incredible legacy of the theatre’s previous directors (Terry Hands, Helena Kaut-Howson, George Roman & Toby Robertson), ensuring the theatre evolved and progressed to become a leading 21st century arts organisation. 

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Completed our feasibility questionnaire in February 2017

Image by Sam Taylor

A Bright New

In 2016 a new study was commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales. At the beginning of this study, we asked you how you felt about Theatr Clwyd. 

The response was overwhelming. Again and again, people spoke of their passion for the building and the work that we make within it. 

The subsequent feasibility study, led by internationally acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins, highlighted the need for substantial redevelopment and gave a glimpse of the extraordinary 21st century cultural centre it could become. 

The Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council then funded the next step – detailed surveys of the existing building and further development of the inspirational designs that could help build our brighter future. 

Image by Sam Taylor

A Bright New

In 2016 a new study was commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales. At the beginning of this study, we asked you how you felt about Theatr Clwyd. 

The response was overwhelming. Again and again, people spoke of their passion for the building and the work that we make within it. 

The subsequent feasibility study, led by internationally acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins, highlighted the need for substantial redevelopment and gave a glimpse of the extraordinary 21st century cultural centre it could become. 

The Arts Council of Wales and Flintshire County Council then funded the next step – detailed surveys of the existing building and further development of the inspirational designs that could help build our brighter future.