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

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.

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.

The building was purchased by the Hyde Islamic Resource Centre in November 2016, who, despite objections from the Theatres Trust and local community group Theatre Royal Onward, gained permission for a change of use, thereby losing the sui generis status previously given to the building. This special status is an important form of protection. Once a theatre moves into another use class, there is a possibility (dependent on use class) of further changes of use without permission, which may lead to alterations harmful to future theatre provision.

In the meantime, large areas of the building remain empty and there are concerns that the condition may further deteriorate.

Theatre potential

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

Current situation

In 2017, and following the sale of the building, local campaign group, Theatre Royal Onward took the decision to disband.

Theatres Trust continues to keep a watching brief on the Theatre Royal 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.

Main photo Theatre Royal Hyde, Ian Grundy