Bedford needs a proper theatre in the Frank Matcham style that everyone would recognise. A large stage and an orchestral pit. The Place is maybe a bit too intimate. The Quarry theatre at St Luke’s is ok for small productions, but not musicals. The Corn Exchange is a big room.
A stylish theatre, maybe 1 Midland Road, where M&S used to be, to seat 600 people, like the Palace Theatre, Watford, with a similar population. Thought would need to be given to ensuring the area was safe for audience members to get to and from the theatre with a visible police presence. Bedford has some good bits, it needs something to bring it all together.
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