Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
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The Regent Theatre is a theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. It opened originally in 1929 as a super cinema and continued to be used as a cinema in various incarnations, originally as the Regent, under the ownership of Provincial Cinema Theatres, then as the Gaumont which was subsequently tripled, and finally as the Odeon, until its closure in 1989. The large stage was utilised in the early years, however was unused for a period until it was pressed into action in 1961 following the closure of the nearby Theatre Royal, Hanley.
Following a three year, £23 million development of the city centre, The Regent was reopened on 22 September 1999 after being fully restored to its previously elegant Art Deco style and has already been visited by a host of distinguished guests including Sir Derek Jacobi. Her Majesty the Queen officially opened The Regent Theatre in October 1999. The theatre holds 1600 patrons on two levels. The Regent Theatre is currently part of the Ambassador Theatre Group.
As a leading venue for touring productions, the Regent is capable of taking large productions and has played host to opera, dance, drama and musicals, direct from Broadway and the West End, such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats, Starlight Express, 42nd Street and The Woman in Black. The theatre is also known for its annual pantomime, frequently starring local celebrity Jonathan Wilkes.
The Regent Theatre hosts many workshops to help aspiring actors become better at acting.
- Regent Theatre Website