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Barn Theatre (Seaford)

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1983: continuing
  • Current state
  • Current use
  • Address
    Saxon Lane Car Park, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1QL, England
  • Website


The Seaford & District Amateur Operatic Society were founded in 1927. For many years they were based at the Queen's Hall in Seaford, and later the Seaford Head School Hall. On 1983 the barn at Saxon Lane (then in use as a warehouse and cottage) was put up for sale, and the Society granted a lease. The first show was in May 1983, and funds raised from that point onwards to convert the building to theatre use, with new stage, foyer and dressing rooms. Further improvements have been made over the years, thanks to the hard work of the Society, and also donations from other trusts and organisations - such as the seating from Brighton Dome. In 2005 the 100-year old roof was replaced thanks to a generous donation from Seaford Rotary Club. In 2011 further funding was achieved to enable improvements to disabled facilities in the theatre. The theatre continues with three successful productions a year from the Society - now called Seaford Musical Theatre.

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  • Events
    • Design/Construction: Date unknown, barn constructed, later used as a warehouse.
    • 1983 Use: continuing
    • 1983 Design/Construction: barn leased to Seaford & District Amateur Operatic Society for conversion to theatre.
    • 1999 Alteration: lighting/projection booth extended, new tiered seating (from Brighton Dome) installed.
  • Capacities
    • Current: 134
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed - Sits within an Archaeological Notification Area and Conservation Area
  • Stage type
    • Flat
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: 5.4 x 3.5m
    • Proscenium width: 5.1m
    • Orchestra pit: 4 x 2.2m - for 4 musicians
  • Latest news
    Funding received to install disabled facilities at the theatre (2011).

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