Floral Pavilion Theatre

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Coordinates: 53°26′24″N 3°02′17″W / 53.440°N 3.038°W / 53.440; -3.038

Floral Pavilion Theatre
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External shot from Marine Promenade
Address Marine Promenade,
New Brighton
Capacity 814
Opened 1913
Rebuilt 2008
Architect Ken Martin, Liverpool

The Floral Pavilion is a theatre in the seaside town of New Brighton, on the Wirral Peninsula in England. Situated on the promenade overlooking the River Mersey, it presents a mix of comedy, music and children's shows including a Christmas pantomime.

The original theatre opened in 1913[1] as an open-air summer theatre within the Victoria Gardens. In 1925 it was covered by an iron and glass roof and during the mid-1960s it was largely rebuilt, with a full metal roof.

The theatre closed in 2007 and was demolished as part of the town's £60 million Neptune Project redevelopment plans.[2] The building was rebuilt to a new design and reopened in December 2008. The first act to perform at the venue after reopening was Ken Dodd, who has had a long association with the Floral Pavilion, making his first appearance in 1940.[3][4] As well as an enlarged theatre auditorium, seating over 800, the complex also provides for conference facilities and a large multi-purpose lounge area.[2]


  1. ^ History: A Celebration of the Floral Pavilion Theatre, Floral Pavilion Theatre, retrieved 9 February 2009 
  2. ^ a b Floral Pavilion Theatre, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 9 February 2009 
  3. ^ Dodd first to perform at theatre, BBC News, 13 December 2008, retrieved 9 February 2009 
  4. ^ Ken Dodd raises the roof as curtain goes up at new Floral Pavilion Theatre, Wirral News, 17 December 2008, retrieved 9 February 2009 

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