Clwyd Theatr Cymru
The complex contains five auditoria:
- The Anthony Hopkins Theatre (570 seats)
- The Emlyn Williams Theatre (adaptable studio space, up to 250 seats)
- Studio 2 (adaptable studio space, up to 120 seats)
- The Clwyd Room (multifunction area, up to 300 seats)
- Cinema (120 seats).
The complex forms part of the County Civic Centre at Mold (Yr Wyddgrug), being immediately adjacent to the Shire Hall (the administrative offices of the former administrative county of Clwyd, now the offices of the Flintshire County Council). It was built at the instigation of the former Flintshire County Council before it was abolished in the local government reorganisation of 1974 and replaced by Clwyd County Council, and the complex was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976 under the artistic direction of George Roman. Toby Robertson was the theatre's artistic director between 1985 and 1992. Robertson introduced several leading actors, including Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Michael Hordern and Timothy Dalton, to the theatre. Robertson was followed as artistic director by Helena Kaut-Howson, who in 1997 was replaced by Terry Hands.
HTV Wales had offices and a studio at the site from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s, but production was scaled back following the opening of the company's new studio complex at Culverhouse Cross in Cardiff. A small news operation remained in Mold until the late 1990s but closed when HTV moved its North Wales news operations to Colwyn Bay and Wrexham.
The name of the complex was changed in 1998 to reflect the reorganisation of local government at that time which abolished Clwyd as a county and brought Flintshire back into existence, although defined by different borders from the original ones.
Apart from hosting visiting theatre companies, Clwyd Theatr Cymru is home to Wales' major drama producing theatre company, under the direction of Terry Hands KBD, which stages their own productions throughout the year (including one of the longest-running pantomimes in the country) and also regularly performs on tour around Wales. The then Theatr Clwyd was famous for, among other things, hosting the successful second stage performance of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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