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Canolfan Arad Goch

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1991: continuing
  • Current state
  • Current use
  • Address
    Stryd Y Baddon, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2NN, Wales
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Arad Goch is a lively theatre company that specialises in touring around Wales in both English and Welsh. Since 1991 they have had a permanent home in a converted church in Aberystwyth. Formerly the Portland Street United Reformed Church, the building is in Victorian Gothic style (Portland Street United Reformed Church). Within, it houses the companies offices and meeting rooms, the Studio Theatre, a second studio space, and a gallery space on the top floor, almost within the roof. The Studio Theatre is a flexible black box, with retractable raked seating for 62.

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Façade of the Theatr Arad Goch, Aberystwyth
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  • Other names
    Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, The Ganolfan
  • Events
    • 1866 Design/Construction: as a church
    • 1990 - 1991 Design/Construction: conversion to theatre space.
      • Messrs James & Jenkins (Aberystwyth) - Architect
    • 1991 - 1995 Owner/Management: Cwmni Arad Goch
    • 1991 Use: continuing
  • Capacities
    • Original: 80
    • Later: 1995: 80
    • Current: 62
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Stage type
    • Flat
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: Depth: 34ft Width: 30ft
    • Proscenium width: No pros

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