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Growth and Legacy Project

Growth and Legacy Project

Exciting times! Hertford Theatre is going to be transformed!
July 2018

East Herts Council's have agreed to invest in the future of Hertford Theatre, transforming it into a place that will enhance the lives of visitors and the town itself, creating a fantastic arts centre in the heart of the county town.

The £13.5m investment would enable the centre to include:

·         Three bespoke cinema screens allowing screenings of newly released films.

·         More seats in the main auditorium.

·          A new 150-seat studio.

·         Uncovering the 12th century motte at the back of the theatre which people can reach directly from The Wash, creating an exciting link between the theatre, Castle Gardens and Hertford Castle.

·         An improved riverside café-bar for both theatre visitors and people enjoying the park and Castle Gardens.

·         Improved access to all areas of the building so that artists can better reach the stage, backstage and the dressing rooms.


Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing, said:  "In the last eight years, Hertford Theatre has proved itself to be central to Hertford life. It's a place where those who live in and around the town go, sometimes to be entertained and sometimes to be challenged. We have a rare opportunity to facilitate a step-change, to radically improve a significant asset in the town while at the same time releasing a hidden part of Hertford's history and unlocking a compelling, cultural and heritage offer that will resonate far into the future. The commitment that councillors made has started us on the road towards an arts centre that will transform the cultural life of Hertford in a way that will benefit everyone who lives in or visits the town."

As you can imagine, we're excited about the future and we're working hard with lots of different people, companies and organisations to ensure the success of this project!
We'll keep this page updated with information when there's news.