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Highbury Little Theatre

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1942: continuing
  • Current state
  • Current use
    Theatre (amateur theatre)
  • Address
    41 Sheffield Street, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England


A mission hut was converted into a theatre in 1942 by the addition of a fly tower, stage and dressing rooms. In 1960 an adjoining shop was incorporated into the front of house as a coffee bar then, in 1982, the auditorium was rebuilt in brick and other improvements made, including the addition of a studio theatre and workshops. This piecemeal process, extending over half a century has produced a small community theatre.

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  • Events
    • 1942 Use: continuing
    • 1942 Design/Construction: mission hall converted to theatre
      • John English - Architect
    • 1942 Owner/Management: Highbury Community Theatre Arts Centre, owners
    • 1960 Alteration: adjacent building incorporated into the front of house as a coffee bar
      • John English - Architect
    • 1982 - 1986 Alteration: Array new brick auditorium; stage widened and deepened; new studio theatre added
      • John English - Architect
  • Capacities
    • Original: 110
    • Later: 1986: 135
    • Current: 135
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Stage type
    • Flat
  • Dimensions
    • Building dimensions: Frontage 54ft; depth 178ft
    • Stage dimensions: Depth: 33ft 4in Width SL: 14ft 5in SR: 27ft 3in
    • Proscenium width: 16ft x 14ft 3in
    • Height to grid: Various - see notes
    • Orchestra pit: Inserted 1986

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