The Music Hall and Theatre History Site
Dedicated to Arthur Lloyd, 1839 - 1904.

The Playhouse Theatre, Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex

A Google StreetView Image of the Harlow Playhouse - Click to Interact.

Above - A Google StreetView Image of the Harlow Playhouse - Click to Interact.

The Harlow Playhouse is situated on Playhouse Square in Harlow, Essex and was first opened in 1971. The Theatre was built after a concerted campaign by the local community who felt that a Theatre was a much needed resource for the town. The Theatre consists of two auditoria, the Main Theatre seating 400, and the smaller Studio Theatre seating 120. The Theatre, which also has its own cafe and bar, and two further studio spaces, presents its own productions along with visiting productions.

The Main Theatre at the Harlow Playhouse is a conventional proscenium arch Theatre with a proscenium width of 12.8 metres and a height of 5.48 metres, it has a stage depth of 11.2 metres, and a full stage width of 13.8 metres, the grid height is 13.8 metres and houses 33 double purchase counterweighted flying bars for lighting and set. The Theatre has 10 dressing rooms for its artistes. The Studio Theatre has a thrust stage and is 7.68 metres wide by 6.9 metres deep and has a Grid Height of 3.7 metres. The Theatre has 3 dressing rooms.

In 2014 a giant mural, 6 metres high, portraying the well known and much loved comic actor Rik Mayall, who was born in Harlow, was placed on the dock doors of the Playhouse Theatre by Harlow born artist Dave Nash. BBC News reported on the mural in august 2014 which you can read here.

You may like to visit the Theatre's own Website here.

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