TL4558 : Inside the Festival Theatre (1)

taken 7 years ago, near to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Inside the Festival Theatre (1)
Inside the Festival Theatre (1)
This hidden gem was opened to the public as part of the Open Cambridge weekend, the city’s annual celebration of history, architecture, art and gardens. This is the view from the stage. Religious texts from its existence as a mission hall are preserved behind the yellow boards.
Cambridge Festival Theatre
Situated in Newmarket Road, this is reputed to be one of only 4 pre-Victorian theatres still in existence. Designed by William Wilkins, it first opened in 1814 and was sited outside the ancient city boundaries to avoid university displeasure. It was originally known as the Barnwell Theatre.

By 1878 its fortunes had declined, and it was purchased by Robert Sayle for the use of the Evangelisation Society as a Mission Hall. It returned to theatrical use in 1926 as the Festival Theatre and operated until 1939, reviving during the war to stage shows for the troops. After the war it was used as a store by the Arts Theatre, who also staged occasional performances here up to 1997.

In 1998 it was bought by the Windhorse Trust to be a new Cambridge Buddhist Centre.

Grade II* listed, LBN No. 47635
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Date Taken
Friday, 9 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 10 September, 2011
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Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4595 5878 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:12.4753N 0:8.0721E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4595 5878
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