Motorisation of the Audience Seating

Much to the relief of many of our volunteers, work is shortly to be carried out to make the retractable audience seating to be electrically operated. Whilst the barriers, seats and handrails will still have to be lowered by hand, the hard work of pushing back or pulling out the seating will be done at the touch of a button.

This work will be carried out during July or August 2018.

This project will funded by the profits raised from some of the Chatsworth Centre organised events over the past 2 years, such as film nights, Brass Band concerts, the Sunday afternoon teas etc.

Better facilities for our Musicians

The complexities of modern theatre productions continue to grow, one of which is the satisfactory positioning of an orchestra or band. The provision of an under-stage ‘pit’ has been investigated, but the diary of events dictate that the earliest this could happen is 2022 and that massive fundraising would have to take place.

In order to keep the Duchess Theatre as technically advanced as possible, work will shortly be carried out to address the situation, and provide an alternative solution.

By removing a wall, the Cavendish suite is to be extended, sound deadening insulation boards fixed to walls and new double glazed units to the existing skylights will minimize the escape of sound to the outside.

Technical services will be installed to allow for video links and sound distribution around the building.

Whilst bands and orchestras will appreciate the improvement, we are confident that audiences will enjoy the benefits of better sound control.

The Cavendish Suite will continue to be a multi use area, hosting differing activities.

Funding for this project will be by specially arranged events and donations.