Theatre Royal Hyde

A beautiful and atmospheric Edwardian theatre, which could be restored as a large community venue.

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Address
Corporation Street/Henry Street, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 1AB
Risk Rating
4 (Community Value: 1, Star Rating: 2, Risk Factor: 1)
Architect
Campbell & Horsley
Date of Construction
1902
Listing
Grade II
Capacity
1,000 (estimated)

Significance

The Theatre Royal Hyde is a Grade II listed Edwardian theatre with a handsome decorative terracotta façade and an intimate, richly decorated auditorium. Despite prolonged disuse, the auditorium retains much of its theatrical atmosphere. It is a functionally sound and intact theatre, which could be viable as a community amateur theatre and cinema facility, providing a much larger auditorium than the adjacent Hyde Festival Theatre.

Why is this theatre at risk?

The theatre was closed as a cinema in 1992. It was threatened with demolition for a housing development, but was saved by spot-listing in 2000. It is in need of extensive repair and restoration.

Current situation

In November 2016, the theatre was purchased by Hyde Islamic Resource Centre, and a change of use application was approved by the local council. This is despite Theatres Trust’s objections that this could result in the loss of a potential cultural and entertainment asset for Hyde, at a time when there is considerable community support to return the building to live performance use. Theatres Trust continues to keep a watching brief on the building to ensure that any development plans respect its listed status, retain access for the community and do not prohibit future use of the building for live performance.

The owners have been granted listed building consent to carry out repair works on the roof. They have also been granted permission to screen off areas of the building to allow partial reuse at stalls level of the auditorium and front of house. The rest of the building remains vacant. We remain concerned about the condition of the unoccupied areas. 

In the meantime, the local campaign group, Theatre Royal Onward have now taken the decision to disband. The building is being retained on the Theatres at Risk register because the condition of the unoccupied areas remains uncertain.

Image: Theatre Royal Hyde, Ian Grundy