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The Theatre Royal, Barnsley

Description: The Theatre Royal

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 June 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 333764

OS Grid Reference: SE3440906230
OS Grid Coordinates: 434409, 406230
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5516, -1.4821

Location: Wellington Street, Barnsley S74 0JQ

Locality: Barnsley
County: Barnsley
Country: England
Postcode: S74 0JQ

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Listing Text

(west side),
9/75 Barnsley
The Theatre Royal
- II
Theatre, now Bingo hall. Opened 29th December 1898. By Walter Emden of
London, supervised by Herbert Crawshaw. Rock-faced stone with ashlar dressings.
Roof not visible. 3 storeys. Classical style. Near-symmetrical 5-bay facade
with rusticated ashlar quoins to corners and 3-bay 1st- and 2nd-floor break.
Ground floor: chamfered plinth. 5 round-arched entrances with alternately
blocked quoins and voussoirs. Doors have fielded panels, pediments and fanlights.
2 similar narrow lights. Elliptical-arched carriage entrance to left with
shaped, coped gable and ball finials. Square-headed 1st-floor windows, those to
1st and 5th bays tripartite with swagged friezes. Triangular pediments to bays
1, 3 and 5, segmental pediments to bays 3 and 4. Square-headed 2nd-floor windows.
Sashes throughout. Sill bands. Deep frieze, moulded eaves cornice and blocking
course. The central break is surmounted by a pediment the tympanum enriched with
foliage, fruit,a cartouche and the words "THEATRE ROYAL".

The interior remains intact apart from some applied materials to the stage.
Two horseshoe galleries on cast-iron columns with superimposed orders. The
pit, circle and gallery each with separate entrance, were designed to seat 1200.
Bench seating and standing room in the gallery. Gallery fronts decorated with
cartouches. Domed roof. The proscenium cover bears the Royal Arms supported
by life-size figures representing music.

W. Emden designed the Garrick Theatre 10 years earlier.

M. Fairhurst, Theatre Royal Barnsley, Its Climb and Decline, 1970
(a thesis in Barnsley Central Library).

Listing NGR: SE3440906230

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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