Operator wanted for Theatre Royal Margate

Thanet District Council is looking for a new operator for Theatre at Risk Theatre Royal Margate in line with its vision for the historic theatre, which combines heritage, performance and a move towards financial sustainability.

The ambitious project focuses on the Theatre Royal Margate’s 245 years of performance heritage, bringing together the need to conserve, restore and modernise both the theatre and the building at 19 Hawley Square.

The ambition is to create a nationally significant performing arts hub in Margate; the plans are designed to increase the artistic and financial opportunities to support the historic theatre and to raise the profile of performing arts in the district. Theatres Trust has been supporting the council in this ambition, including awarding a grant through our Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities programme  for project scoping including exploring viability options.

Thanet District Council is now seeking to engage with potential operators, to test the market and to help inform its procurement exercise for the Theatre Royal Margate operating model.

The council would like to hear from:

  • Existing operators of theatres and other similar arts and entertainment venues
  • Performing arts organisations seeking to expand and/or relocate to operate the theatre
  • Smaller organisations and/or small groups and consortia interested in becoming part of a new organisation to operate the theatre

Download a copy of the Operator Prospectus for more information on the project

Interested operators or local consortia are invited to complete a pre-engagement questionnaire by 5pm on Wednesday 24 January 2024. Details explaining how to register can be found on the council’s website