360 shows the view from the stage at the Lawrence Batley
the age of its building the Lawrence Batley Theatre
is relatively new, opening in 1994 after a long campaign
supported by such well-known names as Prunella Scales,
Patrick Stewart, Dame Judy Dench and Themla Barlow.
has a rich theatrical tradition but its last dedicated
theatre building, the Theatre Royal, had been demolished
building originally opened in 1819 as the Queen Street
Methodist Chapel and, for a time, was the largest methodist
mission in the world. The architect was Joseph Kaye
who also designed the town's impressive railway station.
Lawrence Batley has two auditoria (the main stage and
the Cellar) and hosts an ever-changing series of professional,
touring and community productions. It has an extensive