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Friday 25th March 2016
Times and Star

‘Theatre Royal Hand Over’ (Click to open)

The Theatre Royal in Workington has been handed over to the Playgoers after its refurbishment. Geoff Brinnicombe Pic Tom Kay Friday 18th March 2016 50083593T002.JPG
The Theatre Royal in Workington has been handed over to the Playgoers after its refurbishment. Geoff Brinicombe 
Photograph by Tom Kay Friday 18th March 2016  
Monday 11th February 2016
Progress report and images (Click to open)
James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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The Foyer

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The Auditorium

Foyer The Rehearsal Room 

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Events that took place in the Rehearsal Room in the so called “Good old Days”

Dressing Room Mens dressing room

James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy
 Tuesday 11th December 2015 
Progress report and images (Click to open)
James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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Lift Installed



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Can’t wait to start rehearsing in this wonderful space!


  Wednesday 25th November 2015

 Progress report and images (Click to open)

James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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Wednesday 4th November 2015

 Progress report and images (Click to open)
James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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  Tuesday 13th October 2015

 Progress report and images (Click to open)
James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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 Thursday 1st October 2015
Progress report and images (Click to open)
James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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Monday 14th September 2015

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James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy


1The removal of asbestos in the basement requires an air-tight space. A slight vacuum is created while the asbestos is being removed in a very controlled, dust-free environment. Here, the auditorium floor has been completely sealed


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The temporary entrance to the basement. The machine on the left controls the air pressure inside

2The new opening between the wardrobe and fitting room where the chimney breasts have had to be removed


The new opening from the first floor of 30 Wilson Street, looking into the new central stair/lift core



Repairs to roof purlins


Looking along the length of the new sound recording studio. Internal walls removed, structural steelwork in place, joists braced to stiffen the floor above


The new community/training room on the top floor of 26 Wilson Street. Stud wall in place, staircase removed and floor extended to join the party wall


View from the community/training room to the new central stair core


View from beneath – staircase removed, structural steelwork installed and floor joists extended across


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Looking down into the central stairwell where work has just started on breaking through to the ground floor level


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Soundwave’s new office

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First fix electrics already under way

One or two different angled photographs from Gordon Rushton

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Above photos  show the new wall dividing the old workshop

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New doorways from flat to Old Theatre Upstairs


New doorway into Soundwave 

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

First report

James Watson
Natural Regeneration Consultancy

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Major Revamp for Theatre Royal (click to open)

May 2015

  • Pears and Torney removed plaster from the walls in 26, 28 and 30  Wilson Street checking for any defects such as ingress of water, dry rot etc.


  •  Small wardrobe room


  •  Window at the end of the first floor corridor


  •  Large wardrobe room


  • Theatre Upstairs
  • West Coast Thermal have removed the asbestos from the basement. 
  • Workshop is being moved into the Props Store by the Stage Crew.

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  • Scripts housed in the front office are being sorted through and the Script Catalogue updated.


  • Stage Crew are fitting out the new workshop. Work bench being fitted.

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It is as though the theatre is waiting for something to happen…


  • Front of House
  • Foyer tables and chairs have been taken away by IMACT


  • The stage

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  • Dear old ‘Ice Warrior’ cleared


  • The old workshop almost cleared

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  • The new workshop is looking really good!


Monday 20th July 

  • The day the theatre had to be cleared! Work on the theatre starting on the 23rd July 2015!


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Times and Star 24th July 2015


Monday 27th July 2015

Work on the Foyer and Auditorium has started!

  • John Stobart of Jacob Stobart and Peter Inglis were interviewed and filmed by ITV this morning for a feature on the Theatre refurbishment. 
  • As you can see from the pictures below, work has started in earnest.  Peter was pleased to see the auditorium chairs stored on the stage and upstairs on the balcony have been sheeted over to protect them from the dust.

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Saturday 1st August 2015

  • Let’s not bother with separate foyer and auditorium. Let’s just have one big space!

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Friday 21st August 2015

Auditorium and Foyer

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  • Coming in through the back door from Wilson Street. 
  • A view straight into the Mens’ Dressing Room

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  • No Corridor!


  • View showing walls down between Men’s dressing room, corridor and the small wardrobe room on the first floor.

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Theatre Upstairs!

  • Chimney breast removed

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Second Floor of ‘Ice Warrior”

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First Floor Wilson Street – Wardrobe

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