Theatre Royal Wakefield gets a Civic Society Blue Plaque

Wakefield Civic Society and English Heritage unveil a blue plaque marking the history of the Theatre Royal Wakefield. David Wilmore, Trevor Mitchell, Kevin Trickett and Murray Edwards. (W535H337)

Wakefield Civic Society and English Heritage unveil a blue plaque marking the history of the Theatre Royal Wakefield. David Wilmore, Trevor Mitchell, Kevin Trickett and Murray Edwards. (W535H337)

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A plaque has been unveiled to recognise the importance of the Theatre Royal Wakefield to the city’s cultural 
heritage.

Wakefield Civic Society’s 37th Blue Plaque was unveiled at the theatre by English Heritage regional director Trevor Mitchell.

Wakefield Civic Society and English Heritage unveil a blue plaque marking the history of the Theatre Royal Wakefield. Trevor Mitchell from English Heritage.(W535C337)

Wakefield Civic Society and English Heritage unveil a blue plaque marking the history of the Theatre Royal Wakefield. Trevor Mitchell from English Heritage.(W535C337)

The grade II-listed building, designed by British Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham, was built in 1884 and is thought to be the smallest remaining Matcham theatre in the country. Civic society president Kevin Trickett said: “The society, and Theatre Royal Wakefield, have a long-standing relationship and we are very pleased to be able to unveil a plaque to celebrate this important landmark building.

“Our blue plaques help to tell the fascinating story of Wakefield’s history and we are delighted to be able to add another to our growing collection.

“I would like to thank Theatre Royal Wakefield for meeting the cost of the plaque.”

Murray Edwards, executive director of the theatre, said: “We are obviously very proud to be the recipients of this much coveted blue plaque.

“We hope people will come to the theatre, see the plaque and recognise our building’s important cultural contribution to the district.”