The Rondo Theatre

The Rondo now ranks as one of the best small theatres in the South West and certainly one of the most enjoyable for audiences, companies and staff. Jonathan Hetreed designed the project while at FCBA, and remains a trustee of the theatre.

The Rondo Theatre

The Rondo now ranks as one of the best small theatres in the South West and certainly one of the most enjoyable for audiences, companies and staff. Jonathan Hetreed designed the project while at FCBA, and remains a trustee of the theatre.

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In 1990 the Rondo Trust for the Performing Arts had been established to develop and operate the former St. Saviour’s Church Hall as a community theatre for amateur and professional use. As design and fund raising progressed, phased but radical interventions, using largely volunteer labour, transformed the stage and auditorium into an intimate (105 seat) theatre with fully raked but flexible seating, new lighting and control room and new bar and WCs. Arts Council Lottery and Foundation for Sport and the Arts funding had made the completion of the project possible as one phase. An immediate start on site saw the theatre reopening just four months later as the first Arts Lottery project to be completed nationwide, with new dressing rooms, backstage, office, stores, wcs and circulation, as well as a foyer that had doubled in size.

The Rondo Theatre

In 1990 the Rondo Trust for the Performing Arts had been established to develop and operate the former St. Saviour’s Church Hall as a community theatre for amateur and professional use. As design and fund raising progressed, phased but radical interventions, using largely volunteer labour, transformed the stage and auditorium into an intimate (105 seat) theatre with fully raked but flexible seating, new lighting and control room and new bar and WCs. Arts Council Lottery and Foundation for Sport and the Arts funding had made the completion of the project possible as one phase. An immediate start on site saw the theatre reopening just four months later as the first Arts Lottery project to be completed nationwide, with new dressing rooms, backstage, office, stores, wcs and circulation, as well as a foyer that had doubled in size.

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