The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

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The Playhouse
Address High Street
City Weston-super-Mare
Country England
Architect Hans Price (original building)
Capacity 664 seats
Opened 1946
Rebuilt 1969

The Playhouse is a 664-seat theatre in Weston-super-Mare in southwest England that hosts shows all year round including opera, ballet, comedy, music and pantomime performances.

In 1946 an old market building, designed by Hans Price, a local architect, was converted into a 500-seat theatre.[1] For the next 18 years this theatre, The Playhouse, provided the town with a great variety of entertainment. Stars included Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd. On 21 August 1964 a fire destroyed most of the theatre and the unsafe structure had to be demolished. In 1969 at a cost of £230,000 a new theatre opened and has been in continuous use ever since. The stage measures 59 feet (18 m) by 28 feet (9 m) and can be extended by covering the orchestra pit.

On 6 June 2007 the theatre staged the world première of Houdini—The Musical,[2] which is based on the life of the escapologist Harry Houdini. The musical includes Houdini's famous trick the Chinese Water Torture Cell.


The following is a list of recent annual pantomimes:


  1. ^ "Theatre history". The Playhouse, official website. Retrieved 2006-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Tour dates". Houdini - The Musical. Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 

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Coordinates: 51°21′03″N 2°58′44″W / 51.350722°N 2.978936°W / 51.350722; -2.978936