Help save this beautiful Grade II Listed Edwardian Theatre in Tameside
Working to preserve, restore and re-open Hyde Theatre Royal for all the community
'A stunning building and a magnificent theatre with immense potential to be a real winner'

Our Mission Statement
'Protecting Your Theatre For Everyone'

Heritage Enterprise Funding

Theatre Royal on
British Listed Buildings

UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts - our listing

Arthur Lloyd Music
Hall and Theatre
History - our listing

Theatre Royal link
up with Hydonian Blogspot to capture
those memories and photographs of the

SAVE Britain's Theatres! National lobying network.

Theatres Trust say 'Our theatres, concert halls, art galleries and museums matter. They help promote economic growth, enhance the built environment and develop sustainable communities.

The Victorian Society
Campaigning for Victorian and Edwardian architecture

Rutherford's Royal
Harry Rutherford's wonderful painting of the Theatre Royal's splendour

Historical Hyde iMap

New interactive map view Hyde's rich heritage, including
Hyde Theatre Roya

An Opportunity Lost

Photos on the the 28 days later urban exploration site show the inside of the theatre in March this year. It shows the beauty still there that could have been restored. Yes tatty, yes work to be done but definitely do-able and so worth it. When all other boroughs are seeing the economic and community benefits of live entertainment venues, what an asset this could have been for Hyde and Tameside. The last true theatre in Tameside and an important part of our heritage, it is sadly, an opportunity lost.

View inside Theatre Royal on 28 days later.

Official statement - Theatre Royal Onward.

It is with great disappointment and sadness that we have to let supporters know that Tameside Council granted the recent change of use request WITHOUT the application going to planning. This in spite of robust and clear objections from Theatres Trust and others that this would mean the loss of a nationally important theatre, one of the last Edwardian theatres in the country, and the loss of the potential economic and community benefits we so wanted for all of Hyde and Tameside.

We feel very let down by Tameside Council officers in that they did not reject change of use that was strongly advised by the Theatres Trust and that relevant Councillors did not insist the application go to planning for proper scrutiny. We do thank Cllr Peter Robinson and other Hyde Councillors for their support.

Since change of use was passed the building has been sold and will now become an Islamic Resource Centre.

Theatre Royal Onward have campaigned for years to preserve, restore and re-open Hyde Theatre Royal for everyone. We are proud that we succeeded in saving the building after it was passed for demolition by Tameside Council in 1999. Unfortunately we did not succeed in our vision of a multi-use future for this beautiful theatre, including what it was originally built for.

For all those that supported us in our efforts, a very big thank you, there have been many over the years. We trust that the new owners will respect the theatre and adhere to the restrictions contained within its Grade II listed status and that Tameside Council will ensure that they do.


Join Us

If you would like to help, we meet every first Tuesday of the month at the Cheshire Ring Public House, Manchester Road, Hyde (opposite Aldi) at 7pm*


...or leave a message on our Message board


Friends of Theatre Royal Hyde

Sounds of the Sixties!

Oh What a Night!

A fantastic fundraiser

Les Dennis - Patron Hyde Theatre Royal

Simon Schofield Patron Hyde Theatre Royal

Jimmy Cricket Pledges his Support

Fantastic news as another celebrity joins our campaign!!

Alan Bennett Supports Hyde Theatre Royal

Proven multi-use success

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