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The stage had a proscenium opening 31 feet wide, the Stage depth was 30 feet, and the stage was 55 feet wall to wall, the shallow fly tower was 39 feet high; the same height as the Yvonne Arnuad Theatre, and there were 8 dressing rooms, which although not ideal, were a lot better then the dressing rooms found in other theatres of this ilk.
There was said to be 200 lights of between 30 and 50 candlepower each, these were the footlights, and three overhead battens of three colour circuits each; usually Red, Blue and open white.
Above - The Auditorium of the Theatre Royal, Guildford, from an old press cutting from the local newspaper files of the Guildford Library, and now in the Surrey Local History collection at Woking.
- Courtesy Alan Chudley Here I pause for a moment because I am often asked; "Why are they called tormentors", I do not know the answer. Some years ago, a new pair of Tormentors were required by the East Ham Palace theatre, and were made in the scenic dock of the Chelsea Palace theatre.
The outcome was the architect Frank Cox was commissioned to design the Guildford Hippodrome to be built on a very tight site between the town bridge across the river Wey at the bottom of the High Street and St Nicholas Church.hus wrote Lewis Carroll, whose sisters lived in the shadow of Guildford Castle which once housed the Plantagenet Kings and Queens of England, it is in this house that Lewis Carroll died and is buried in Guildford's Mount Cemetery.This happy little rhyme would aptly describe the theatrical activity in Guildford before the coming of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in May 1965.Guildford's first Cinema was The Central Hall Picture Palace of 1910, in Onslow Street; taken over by County Cinemas and renamed "The Plaza" it served as Rank's second release house and was renowned locally as "The Bughouse," as such it closed circa 1950 and became a dance hall and then a Bingo hall and now serves as "Harper's Nightclub".For many years the Constitutional Hall was Thorpe's Bookshop, it was here that I purchased many theatre books which enhanced my own knowledge of theatres.