Theatre Royal Margate is an inspirational theatre taking creative journeys with the communities it serves. We offer the communities and artists of East Kent the opportunity to experience, enjoy, take part in and develop high-quality artistic work both inside and outside the theatre building, in the strong belief that such activity will nurture skills, build credible aspirations, lift hearts, challenge minds, improve society and produce great new work. We encourage our audience, artists and participants to share in debate, discovery and celebration. We work hard to foster relationships with new audiences and participants of any age, race, belief or background. We believe that the development of creative skills and artistic awareness makes a tangible contribution to the well-being of our community.
The Theatre Royal was built in 1787 on one of Margate’s most fashionable squares. Most of its interior dates from 1874, when the theatre underwent a radical remodelling both inside and out, under the direction of the architect J T Robinson. It is Grade II* listed, and is situated in a conservation area. Margate is now the focus of a major regeneration programme; Turner Contemporary has opened on the seafront and the Dreamland Trust is undertaking a major capital development project to bring the famous site back to life in 2015.
TRM has attracted tours from Hull Truck, Forkbeard Fantasy, Faulty Optic and Angel Exit, as well as opening the national and international tour of Shakespeare’s Globe for the last 3 years. The theatre now has 3 local Associate Companies: Third Party and Mischievous Theatre, who collaborated recently on a successful production of “Noggin the Nog”, and StevensonThompson and the Moving Memory company, who offer workshop and performance activities in dance for local older women. Partnerships with Tara Arts and the Black Theatre Live consortium, Fuel Theatre, as part of their New Theatres in your Neighbourhood scheme, and collaborative working with local organisations such as Ramsgate Arts, the Tom Thumb Theatre and KCC Arts and Libraries are helping to secure the Theatre’s rightful position in the heart of Margate’s arts loving community.
Now managed by Your Leisure Kent Ltd, who also manage the nearby Margate Winter Gardens, the future of the Theatre Royal is looking brighter than ever.