The Stage

A conventional proscenium frames the acting area; the arch is 26 feet wide and the stage is 18 feet from front to back.
Cloths and scenery can be flown out of sight.
There are three lighting bars above the stage, a proscenium bar located just in front of the house curtain, and a spot bar just over the apron.
Lighting and sound are operated from the control room above the alcove at the rear of the auditorium.

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Scenery Dock

Scenery  Dock

The scenery dock below the stage is to store scenery and timber.
Building is done on the stage for Thespian productions.


The maximum seating capacity is 260 with space for two wheelchair users.

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Dressing Rooms

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There are dressing rooms downstairs for changing and hanging of costumes during a production.


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One of the features of Halifax Thespians' new Playhouse is that the lighting control room is at the back of the auditorium and not at the side of the stage, as in the case of all but the more modern theatres.
The result is that the electricians can have a full view of the stage as they control the lights.
In the above picture, they are seen in action, watching the effect of their adjustments through the double sound-proof windows.
Microphones enable the control room staff to follow the progress of the play in sound as well as by sight.

From the Courier & Guardian - Saturday 1st October 1949.

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