Theatre Royal Onward (and upwards!)

by TheatreRoyal in Tameside District

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Would you like to be part of a Grade II local theatre? Then please join us in securing the future of the Theatre Royal Hyde.

by TheatreRoyal in Tameside District

 Would you like to be part of a Grade II local theatre?

Do you like the sound of being a creative impresario?

Then please join us in re-creating the glory days of the Theatre Royal, Hyde

and you could be producing, directing, treading the boards or enjoying the spectacle


Theatre Royal Hyde is a beautiful Grade II listed Edwardian Theatre in Tameside. For years now it has suffered neglect but we are delighted to say that we have saved the Theatre from demolition. The work undertaken by the owner is of a high standard and has stopped the decay. 

We have a contract to buy the building for the community to use. We have raised £25,000 for the deposit and now need to secure the contract with £90,000. Once we have raised this amount we can raise the rest of the purchase price through grants and donations. 

The theatre doesn't look good, yet - but it will. Make no mistake, this is the best ‘true’ theatre in the area - with beautiful Edwardian architecture that must be preserved, AND it will bring economic growth and community benefits to Hyde. 

'A stunning building and a magnificent theatre with immense potential to be a real winner'

It is a tall order to raise this amount - by Christmas. Yes Christmas! But with your help we can do it.

This is the target amount needed by Christmas to qualify for a 6 months extension to raise the total purchase price of £250k.

We look forward to all your ideas and suggestions for its use and development through throughout this campaign

The vision is for the building to be re-opened for theatre, film. concerts, weddings, conferences - everything for the community, and to breathe life into the centre of Hyde. We have more details on our plans which we can share with you if you'd like to know more.

We'd love you to join us in buying and developing the theatre. There are some fabulous rewards on offer.

Come and join us - 

Please back the project, tell your friends and share the story. You can pledge via this page or by post, making cheques payable to ‘Theatre Royal Onward’ and send to: Brenda Starkey, 24 Park Road, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 4AR.

If you would like to help the campaign or get involved in any way, we meet every first Tuesday of the month at the Cheshire Ring Public House, 72 Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 2BJ (opposite Aldi) at 7pm or find out more at

Key dates

  • The theatre opened in 1902
  • Cinema and electric lighting was installed 1914
  • Wide screen installed 1956 and became a twin cinema 1974
  • The theatre closes 1992
  • The theatre is awarded listed building status 2000
  • Theatre Royal Onward becomes a limited company and gets charitable status 2002

Theatre Royal Onward is a registered charity 1091964 and a company limited by guarantee 4223449.

Join great impresarios and producers who have financed theatre and concerts including: Kenneth Brannagh, Kevin Spacey, Tony Wilson and .. Mel Brooks (The Producers)

Join stars from the past who have trod the Royal's boards: Enrico Caruso, Richard Tauber, Laurel & Hardy, Frank Randle, Olive Kilner, and Julie Andrews.

Painting by Harry Rutherford

Photograph: Inside Tameside


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will be kept informed of progress and have priority booking for events. AND You'll be added to our virtual wall of fame which we will be building over the campaign. Watch the Crowdfunder page for details.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

You'll be kept informed of progress, have priority booking for all events - forever! AND You'll be added to our virtual wall of fame which we will be building over the campaign. Watch the Crowdfunder page for details. AND Your name will be added to the Great Big Thank You Book which will be displayed in the foyer.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

We'll pick a few lucky ones to cut the ribbon to open the theatre. The photograph of you, along with Silver, Gold and Founder Sponsors and the stars on the day, will be framed and be on show in the foyer.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

You will have everything from the lower tiers - PLUS a VIP tour of the building before the opening - raise a glass with the team!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Everything from the lower tiers - PLUS two VIP invites to the opening Gala event and join the team and the stars for a memorable night out.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

You are our Silver Sponsors - so you get everything from the lower tiers PLUS two VIP invites to the VIP Reception Party plus great seats for the opening Gala event.

£2,500 or more

1 of 350 claimed

£2,500 Reward

You are our Gold Sponsors and receive everything that has been mentioned before PLUS will have your name engraved on a brass plaque on theatre seat of your choice. Your name will be added to the special souvenir programme.

£10,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£10,000 Reward

You are our Founder Sponsors and will have everything listed before AND you will be invited to name a key feature of the theatre (the bar, a box, a dressing room or maybe the circle...?). You will have access to the building during the restoration and will be able to use the venue for meetings.

£200,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200,000 Reward

You are a true Hero of Theatre - and it will be named after you or your company. You will be invited to be on the Board of Directors and have two free tickets to every event - forever.

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