Hertford Theatre raises the curtain on expansion plans
Published 25th October 2019
Artist illustrative impression of Hertford Theatre expansion plans
The additional £6.4mn for the Hertford Theatre expansion was agreed at Full Council last night.

This extra money forms part of the overall £19.9mn budget to deliver the exciting plans for redevelopment, which include:

  • Three new cinema screens, which will allow for screenings of newly released films
  • More seating in the main auditorium and a new 150-seat studio
  • A riverside café-bar for theatre and castle park visitors
  • A relaxed, open public plaza-style setting
  • Additional space for community hire

The Hertford Theatre development is a discrete project being funded in full by Public Works Loan Board lending, which will in turn, be repaid in full over a 30-year period. On opening, the new Hertford Theatre will become self-sustaining. Not only will it provide a legacy income for the Council but it will contribute positively to the wider day and night time Hertford economy.

The first act in the exciting redevelopment and expansion of Hertford Theatre is under way and everyone is invited to come along to a drop-in event to find out more.

It’s on Sunday, November 17 in the River Room at Hertford Theatre from 10am-4pm where you will be able to view the current proposed plans and meet the team and architects delivering them. The proposed plans will also be posted online with the opportunity for comment.

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing, said: "We are delighted to be able to make such a huge investment in our already very successful theatre in Hertford. Hertford Theatre is a vibrant, focal point of the town and this expansion will allow us to provide an even better offering for our visitors.

“We hope you can join us on November 17 to see these plans and have the opportunity to have your questions answered by the architects leading the project.”

For anyone unable to make that day, the plans will also go up on the council's website nearer the time.

The team has also held events with key users and potential users of the theatre and, after taking everyone's comments into consideration, the council hopes to submit a planning application later this year. As part of that process, there will be a formal consultation when people will be able to comment on the final plans.