Theatre Royal Margate

The Theatre Royal Margate Grade II* dates from 1787 and was radically altered in 1874 by Jethro T. Robinson (father-in-law of Frank Matcham, the famous and prolific theatre architect who along with his two protégés are responsible for building more than 200 theatres before 1915).

Sited at the north east corner of Hawley Square, was part of the planned expansion of the small town and port of Margate during the mid Georgian period. It was built to vie as a facility for the entertainment of the upper classes.

As well as welcoming some of the greatest acting 'stars' of the Victorian era, the theatre was the site of the first drama school in the country, the School of Acting opened by Sarah Thorne in 1885.  

Access Information

There is one step into the building at the entrance, but a ramp can be provided. Staff are able to assist with this when the building is open. The Theatre itself is arranged over three floors, with the ground floor stalls being wheelchair and scooter accessible. There are 24 stairs from the ground floor to the Circle, and 14 from the Circle to the Gallery, making a total of 38; there is no lift or ramp as the Georgian building is Listed.

A Hearing Loop is not always available for performances; please check with the Theatre. Assistance dogs are welcome but the Theatre requires notice at time of booking.

There is a designated accessible toilet on the ground floor.

Blue badge holders can use any of the spaces in nearby Hawley Square, or park on any of the adjacent roads as long as they are parked safely. The nearest public car parks are Mill Lane (CT9 1JU), approximately 300 metres away, and College Square (CT9 1PR), also approximately 300 metres from the Theatre.  

More Access information here.


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