Gladstone Theatre - Port Sunlight, Wirral, UK.
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N 53° 20.916 W 002° 59.842
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Quick Description: The Gladstone Theatre is located on Greendale Road in Port Sunlight village.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/21/2021 8:35:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM1490Y
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Long Description:
The Gladstone Theatre is located on Greendale Road in Port Sunlight village.

"The village of Port Sunlight was founded by William Hesketh Lever in 1888. William Lever (1851–1925) was an English industrialist, art collector, politician, and benefactor. His major business was soap making for which he built a factory and a model village for his workers at Port Sunlight. By 1906 his company, Lever Brothers, was the largest soap manufacturer in Britain, and by 1922 it was one of the largest international companies in the world."

"Today Port Sunlight is home to a fascinating museum, beautiful architecture, a world-class art gallery, stunning parkland and a thriving community." SOURCES: (visit link) (visit link)

The Gladstone Theatre is run by the Gladstone Theatre Trust.

History
"Gladstone Hall/Theatre was first used as an assembly and recreation hall with a platform stage for entertainment, half-timbered over a red brick ground floor with tiled roofs and tile-hanging.
It was the first principle building officially opened in the heart of Port Sunlight. It was opened in 1891 by William E. Gladstone MP. There is an embossed lead panel over the door that commemorates the opening. The panel is inscribed as follows;
GLADSTONE
HALL
THIS BUILDING WAS OPENED ON 28:NOV:1891
BY THE RT:HON:
W.E.GLADSTONE.MP


The proscenium stage that can be seen today was added in the 1920s. It has wonderful curves and simple gilded plaster ornaments picked out in gold that define its individuality."
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The building is Grade II listed. The description given by British Listed Buildings reads as follows;

"BEBINGTON GREENDALE ROAD
SJ 3384 SW
(west side)
Port Sunlight
6/125 Gladstone Hall
20.12.65
G.V. II
Assembly Hall. 1891. By William Owen. Brick with tile-hanging and tile roof, some timber-framing. Mostly one storey, 4 bays. East facade has projection under hipped roof. 1st bay has gabled projection with tile-hung gable, with paired gabled dormers above, tile-hung with timbered
gables. Other bays have glazed gablets. Windows have small-paned glazing. 1st bay has half-octagonal bay window, dormers have 3-light transomed window. 3rd bay has canted glazed porch, paired plank doors with strap hinges and embossed lead panel above commemorating opening by Gladstone. Raking louvres to roof. Left return has tile hung gable, projection with stone coped parapet and canted bay window. Right return has glazed canted projection with tile-hung gable, projecting 2-storey porch is timber framed with lower nogging. Tudor-headed entrance has plank doors with strap hinges and lamp above. Rear facade as that to east but with later extensions and tall stack. Interior has round-arched ribs; proscenium arch has segmental pediment and flanking panels, all with relief decoration. Listing NGR: SJ3371183971"
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The theatre has been home to many famous shows, artists, both actors and musicians alike, comedians, dancers, and every one adds to the theatres character, it is also used by Local Operatic Societies, Musical Groups, Youth Organisations, and Dancing Schools.
Details about shows and events can be seen at the theatre website at the following link: (visit link)

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Theater Name: Gladstone Theatre

Country: United Kingdom

Address:
Greendale Road, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 4XB, UK.


Web Site: [Web Link]

Venue: Community Theater

Type of Productions:
Multi-use Facility: Local Operatic Societies, Musical Groups, Youth Organisations, and Dancing Schools. Repertory, drama, musicals, pantomimes, themed productions.


Restored Building: yes

Date of Construction: 1891

Architect/Designer: William Owen

Stage Type: Proscenium

Seating Capacity: 430

Special Productions/Events/Festivals: Not listed

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