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Grimsby Auditorium from the outside
|Location||Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England|
|Owner||North East Lincolnshire Council|
|Genre(s)||Music, pantomime, comedy, theatre|
|Capacity||1,200 (all seated)
Grimsby Auditorium is a theatre situated on Cromwell Road, in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. With a seated audience capacity of 1,200 the Grimsby Auditorium is the largest professional theatre in Lincolnshire, and one of the larger theatres in the East of England. Built in 1995, it is managed by the venues division of Ambassador Theatre Group on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council.
Grimsby Auditorium was designed as a flexible, multi-purpose venue to host a variety of live events including concerts, theatre shows, social events, conferences and television broadcasts. The main auditorium houses retractable raked seating, which also permits the use of the auditorium as an arena style venue and sports hall, with different seating formations. Grimsby Auditorium has a maximum seating capacity of up to 1,200 patrons seated and rising to 2,000 standing, the actual number varies depending on the layout and use of the main auditorium.
The auditorium stages a professional pantomime once per year, featuring both celebrities and local talent. This was previously produced by UK Productions and more recently by Pelé Productions. Recent pantomimes have included Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.
The Grimsby Auditorium is most commonly used as a traditional proscenium style theatre.
The apron is an area of stage that extends beyond the house curtain and is visible to the audience. The apron at Grimsby Auditorium measures 22 metres in width and 2.5 metres in depth. Extensions can also be constructed to extend the stage further into the Auditorium, a technique employed to create a thrust style stage or a catwalk for fashion shows.
The proscenium is the 'archway' that frames the front of the stage area. In more traditional theatres, the proscenium will be a built in feature of the theatre, however the Grimsby Auditorium proscenium is created using fabric curtains. Due to the design of the theatre, Grimsby Auditrium has a flexible proscenium, which can be set at a minimum of 11 metres in width, but can also be made wider depending on the size of the production being staged. The proscenium has a fixed height of 6.1 metres.
The stage is the actual performance area of a theatre. Including the apron, the Grimsby Auditorium stage measures a total depth of 11m, with a measurement of 8.5 metres from the line of the house curtain to the cyclorama or back wall. The width of the stage depends on the size of the production being staged as the curtains which form the proscenium and wings are flexible, meaning the stage can be made to appear wider or narrower.