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Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk

Fisher Theatre, Bungay - exterior

Exterior view

Installation of the modular floor

Installation of the modular floor

The Fisher Theatre in Bungay is a Grade 2 listed building dating from 1828 which is the best preserved of the circuit of theatres built in the early nineteenth century by David Fisher of the Norfolk and Suffolk Company of Comedians.  In fact, it closed in 1844 and most of the internal structure of the original theatre has been removed during its various uses as a laundry, cinema and textile warehouse.

Bungay Arts and Theatre Society purchased the building in February 2001 with the assistance of the Architectural Heritage Fund.  The Society plans to develop the building as a mixed programme venue for arts and entertainment.  Following an extensive period of fund raising by dozens of volunteers, building work has now commenced to restore the simple shell of the building and equip it as a modestly costed, flexible hall and stage. The Theatre reopened in September 2006.

ACT worked with B.A.T.S. over many years.  The first phase was to provide a Feasibility Study and this was followed by subsequent phases of design development and implementation.  The end-stage theatre was designed for a seating capacity of 128 and is fully accessible to disabled people being suitable as a venue for small-scale concerts and theatre-style performances in 'end' stage or 'theatre-in-the-round' formats.

Project Designer: John Putman