Hertford Theatre opened in 1977 as Castle Hall and brought to the town a wonderful new facility for all kinds of theatre and drama.
Since then there have been progressive modifications and refits to make the business of presenting plays easier and more professional and more pleasurable for our audiences.
The comfortable foyer and bar area has facilities for the disabled, and we are able to make arrangements for wheelchair users in the auditorium. When rigged for theatre this seats just less than four hundred, three quarters of which are tiered ensuring good sight lines.
We have a proscenium of 29'6" (9m), a maximum depth of 31' (9.5m) from the lip of the apron and approximately 39' (12m) under the grid - so flying scenery and cloths is possible. The stage is well equipped with drapes and borders, barrels and lanterns, and HD&OS has good stocks of additional equipment for most situations.
Full details of the theatre lighting and sound systems can be found at www.hertfordtheatre.com/venue/page/83/technical-information.
There a three well appointed, carpeted dressing rooms, all fitted with loud speakers for stage-sound and calls, and the theatre has installed a headset loop to all important operating positions.
Two dressing are at stage level, whilst the largest dressing room is on the first floor, with two exits, to stage left and to stage right. All dressing rooms have coded door locks for security. All have wash basins and a toilet. The larger of the downstairs rooms is also equipped with a shower.