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Theatres in Woking, Surrey

The New Victoria Theatre and Rhoda Mcgaw Theatre - The Grand Theatre - The Palace Theatre

The New Victoria Theatre, Peacocks Centre, Victoria Way, Woking

And the Rhoda McGaw Theatre

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The New Victoria Theatre is situated on Victoria Way in Woking's Peacocks Centre. The Theatre opened in June 1992 and can accommodate 1,300 people. The Peacocks complex also houses the smaller Rhoda McGaw Theatre and a six screen Cinema. The main Theatre is one of the largest receiving houses close to London and is often home to West End touring productions, and the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre productions.

The main Theatre's auditorium is on three levels, stalls, Royal Circle, and Upper Circle, seating 1,300, and the Rhoda McGaw Theatre seats 228 on one raked level. The smaller Theatre is older than its larger companion, the New Victoria Theatre. The Rhoda McGaw Theatre actually opened in 1975 and was originally part of the Central Halls complex which included a Concert Hall, Library, Swimming Pool, and Dining rooms.

In 1988 the Rhoda McGaw Theatre was closed whilst the rest of the Central Halls complex which housed it was demolished. The Theatre then reopened as part of the new Peacocks Centre in 1992 which also housed the newly built New Victoria Theatre.

The New Victoria Theatre has a large proscenium arched stage of 12.78 metres wide by 12 metres deep, with a fully equipped fly tower incorporating 60 counterweighted bars, and a 20 metre high grid. The Theatre also has an orchestra pit capable of housing 50 musicians, although some stalls seats have to be removed to accommodate the larger pit.

The New Victoria Theatre is currently run by ATG, you may like to visit the Theatre's own Website here.

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The Grand Theatre, Commercial Road, Woking

Formerly - The Public Hall

The Grand Theatre was a 1916 rename of the former 1895 Public Hall on Commercial Road, Woking. The ERA carried a notice in their 12th of July 1916 edition saying:- 'Mr. Leigh Lovel, Miss Octavia Kenmore and their company commence a week's engagement at the Public Hall, Woking, on Monday next. The Pieces selected are "Candida" and "The Importance of Being Earnest." The new lessee of the Public Hall, now re-named the Grand, is Mr. Austin Fryers, who has arranged several other equally interesting engagements.' The ERA, 12th of July 1916.

The Theatre closed completely in 1935 but the building wasn't demolished until 1962.

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The Palace Theatre, Duke Street, Woking

Later - The Picture Palace / The Astorial Cinema / Odeon

The Palace Theatre was situated on Duke Street in Woking and was first opened in 1899. The Theatre was put up for auction and sold in April 1927. Subsequently the Theatre was demolished and the site was used for construction of the Astorial Cinema, which opened on the 5th of December 1932, operated from the start by London & Southern Super Cinemas. The new Theatre, which was designed by F. A. Mitchell, L.R.I.B.A., and constructed by Griggs & Sons, had seating for about 1,500 people on two levels, stalls and one circle.

The Theatre was taken over by Odeon Theatres in July 1937 and renamed Odeon in 1945.

The Theatre was modernised in 1961 and reopened with a much smaller 852 seats in the stalls. The Circle was closed off at this time.

The Theatre was closed completely in April 1975 and then demolished for the construction of an office building.

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