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New Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle, Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4836 / 51°29'0"N

Longitude: -3.1755 / 3°10'31"W

OS Eastings: 318472

OS Northings: 176727

OS Grid: ST184767

Mapcode National: GBR KJL.Y4

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.XZ31

Entry Name: New Theatre

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13774

Building Class: Recreational

Location: On N corner of Greyfriars' Road.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle

Traditional County: Glamorgan

History

Designed by Ernest Runtz and Ford, architects, of London (eg Gaiety Theatre). Plans submitted and approved in 1905, opened December 10 1906. Refurbishment of 1987-89 by Renton, Howard, Wood, Levin Partnership included works to auditorium, and enlargement of Foyer including new stair in bowed corner.

Exterior

Red brick with bathstone dressings (side wings painted). Curved corner block of three storeys beween polygonal turrets with octagonal cupolas, and volutes; balustraded parapet and modillion cornice above second floor colonnade of paired Ionic columns in antis. Three second and first floor windows with entablatures; three doorways and two flanking windows on ground floor.
To Greyfriars' Road, 2 bays, then lower section with dormers and 15 windows at first floor level. Fire exit doorway has bracketed pedimented hood. To Park Place, three-storey wing in painted brick.

Interior

Auditorium has square-headed and panelled proscenium arch with two bays of tiered boxes to each side, ornamented with giant Ionic pilasters and entablatures, the balcony fronts of the upper boxes each moulded in the form of a scroll, panelled and balustraded balcony fronts to lower boxes. Curved and panelled balcony fronts to Front Circle and Upper Circle. Auditorium ceiling divided into two large plaster panels which are ornamented with modillions, the panel over the larger part of the auditorium with four gilded wreathes and centre rose. Circular foyer.

Reasons for Listing

Well-preserved Edwardian theatre by leading firm of specialist theatre architects.

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