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Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
Princess Street
Burnham-on-Sea
Somerset
TA8 1EH

Tel: 01278 784464

 

 


www.princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk
info@princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk
hire@princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk



. ABOUT US

Community Theatre & Arts Centre
Venue hire for Parties, Functions, Conferences, Meetings & Events
Range of Room sizes
Bar and Catering available

Regular programme of events and performances

What's On - For the latest programme of events please look at the website

. MORE INFORMATION

For more information about any performances or to book this venue please phone 01278 784464 or email.

The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has a number of different sized rooms available for hire. This makes in an ideal venue for any function from Wedding Receptions to Conferences and Meetings.

Theatre Hire

The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has a flexible, traditional, proscenium arch, theatre space that can cater for all types of events such as plays, musicals, dance, concerts, comedy and more.

The flexible auditorium has retractable tiered seating meaning it can transform from theatre setup into an open hall with hardwood sprung dance-floor. Three dressing rooms are available that are equipped with mirrors and stage feedback speakers.

Capacity - With tiered seating: 200; Closely seated: 280; Seated at tables: 120; Dancing: 240

Conferences & Meetings

The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre can offer a variety of spaces suitable for meetings, training, classes and other events.

For a small additional cost refreshments and buffet lunches can be provided. We have a data projector available for hire and the use of flip charts and screens can also be requested.

Capacity - Pizey Room: 45; Mendip Room: 30; Quantock Room: 20

Other rooms

The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre offers a number of spaces that can be used in a variety of ways. We have the Ben Travers reception/bar area with an adjoining kitchen, dressing rooms and small meeting rooms. Internet connection is available via our network and a data projector is available to be hired for a small additional charge.

History
The Princess is situated in the sea-side town of Burnham-on-Sea has had a varied history. Built in 1869 by a private company known as the Market House and Town Hall Company at a cost of £2,000 it has housed the Council Chamber, been used as a covered market and even accommodated the town fire station under its first floor auditorium.

In 1994, Sedgemoor District Council embarked upon a major refurbishment programme almost completely rebuilding the venue internally. The Princess was then officially reopened by HRH Princess Alexandra on the 8th June 1995. The Princess Hall, as it was known, was re-named The Princess to herald its renaissance and indicate it was not only a hall, but also a theatre, conference centre and more.

In 2006, due to financial pressures, the Sedgemoor District Council announced its intention to find alternative organisations to run The Princess as it no longer felt able to support the loss making facility.

Local groups rallied to gather support for the theatre during its next uncertain years. Plans for the building changed and changed again. Finally in 2010 bids were invited by the District Council for organisations to take over the running of the building.
One of several groups to bid for the building, the Town Council was successful and took over from the 1st April 2011. The building changed hands for the grand total of £1.

The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, renamed to emphasise its purpose as a place for the arts and the community, now looks forward to a new chapter in its history. With improvements planned and support from the local community evident, The Princess will aim to achieve the potential it has always promised.

 

 

 

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