The History of Our Building
The history of the building which is now Theatr Twm o’r Nant begins in 1890, when Dr. Evan Pierce built a Memorial Hall in memory of his mother and donated it to the people of Denbigh.The now refurbished theatre stands in Station Road, just around the corner from the Evan Pierce Memorial Gardens in Vale Street, where an eight-foot high Italian marble statue of the doctor, who died aged 87 in 1895, stands on top of a 72-foot limestone column quarried from the nearby Graig Quarry.The gardens have recently been restored and the former mayor of the town, who once dispensed leeches at a shilling a time, can now look down on a similar project at the building he raised in memory of his mother.What the doctor, a staunch Wesleyan, though once refused communion for ‘his habitual cursing and swearing’, would have made of the liquor license is unknown, but Dr Pierce, something of a character who married a Miss Brandon (and her £10,000 fortune) when he was already 79, certainly had a charitable streak.When coroner at the inquest into the wreck of the Irish Mail Train at Abergele in 1868, in which 33 people were burned to death, he gave the only witness of the disaster, a nine-year-old boy, half a crown to buy strawberries at Abergele Market.He had made his name in the Denbigh cholera outbreak of 1832 when 300 people, 10% of the town’s population, died and was still in practice over 60 years later.
There is a lane near Henllan known as Naid y Doctor, Doctor’s Leap, where he would enliven his rural rounds by jumping his horse over the narrow track. As a benefactor to the town, there is no doubt that he would be delighted to know that the building has survived and is being used as a valuable community asset.
The theatr has a seating capacity for 118 people. There is also room for disabled people. The theatr contains ramps to cater for wheelchair users.
A safety walkway has been recently installed to provide easy access to the lighting gantry from the auditorium.
Multimedia projector with DVD and VGA presentation capability ; full-sized electric screen and Dolby sound system.
Width 28ft / 8.5 m (wall to wall) curtain legs provide 3ft / .9m wings. Depth 20 ft / 6m. Headroom 20ft / 6m
The Theatre has undergone extensive work and has full access throughout the building for the disabled. Hearing loop available.
The theatr has a licensed bar and catering facilities.
News & Updates
The gallery page has a regularly updated page of photos and videos from past performances. This feature will be expanded over time. If you have any videos of performances from the Theatr Twm o’r Nant, and they are on Youtube, please send me a message via the contact page. I will happily include them.