Woking Theatre has come alive since the opening of the New Victoria Theatre. The theatre, located at Peacocks Centre, was built in 1992, with the grand opening of the theatre being June 1992.
The theatre is comprised of two theatres: Main Theatre and Rhoda McGaw Theatre.
The theatre offers seating for 1,300 people (all seated) and is split among three main levels:
These three levels offer ample, comfortable seating for guests of all ages. When entering the theatre, you’ll find that the Royal Circle and Stalls both offer seating options for the disabled. When there’s an orchestra pit present, the venue will remove the first three rows in the stalls to allow for ample room for the orchestra to play.
Rhoda McGaw Theatre
The Rhoda McGaw Theatre is part of the New Victoria Theatre complex. Small in size, the theatre has 228 seats across 9 rows of seating. A flat stage allows for 58′ of space wall to wall. The Woking Drama Association hosts the Woking Drama Festival at the theatre.
Construction of the theatre began in 1973 and was part of the Woking Centre Halls.
The theatre opened in 1975 and was a vital part of Woking for 13 years. In the 1980s, the theatre became a part of life for people in Woking. Demolition work of the Centre Halls began in 1988 and closed the Rhoda.
The theatre remained closed until 1992 when the New Victoria Theatre opened at the same time.
Few adaptations were made to the theatre during its closure.
Rhoda is home to many amateur performances, from the WDA to dance and drama groups, and schools across the UK. The smaller seating arrangements allow the theatre to be a good choice for amateur performances in Woking.
Major renovations of the Rhoda began in 2012, with a major overhaul and refurbishment of the facilities. The major expense ensures that the theatre remains operational for another 40 years or more without the need for new refurbishments.
New Victoria Theatre Information
New Victoria Theatre offers state-of-the-art lighting and sound production. The theatre is home to the some of the best productions in the United Kingdom. A comfortable interior allows for ample seating that’s not too cramped.
Guests boast about the comfortable seats, with more than enough leg room to keep guests comfortable.
The theatre offers spectacular views of the stage from all angles, and drinks are available during the show. When ordering drinks or food, pay close attention to the prices, as they’re very expensive.
Plenty of restrooms are available for guests, and there are facilities for the physically disabled who need larger stalls or special accommodations to make their stay at the theatre as comfortable as possible.
One of the top theatres in South East England, the New Victoria Theatre offers high-end performances from some of the biggest names in the industry, including:
Royal Shakespeare Company
Peter Hall Company
Wide scale productions take place at the venue. Cats, Miss Saigon and West Side Story are among the top shows that come through the venue often.
Shows playing include:
Not Dead Enough
You Win Again
Ellen Kent’s La Boheme
RENT The Musical
The Woman in Black
Guests who need special accommodations will find that there is more than ample wheelchair seating available. The venue also offers:
Sound Amplification: The venue offers sound amplification abilities through the Sennheiser MobileConnect Wi-Fi system. The system offers superior audio delivered through a necklace or headphones to better accommodate users.
Induction Loop Necklace: An induction loop necklace is provided for the hearing impaired. These necklaces are worn around the neck and work with hearing aids that are switched to the “T” setting to amplify the sound. Adjust the volume to amplify or lower the volume as needed.
Headsets: Persons without hearing aids can make use of the headphones provided. These headphones allow for sustained sound amplification.
Guide, working and hearing dogs are allowed in all parts of the theatre.
When ordering tickets, guests who want to pick their own seating can use the theatre’s online seating chart to pick their own seating arrangements (subject to availability). Large groups of guests can call ahead to book their tickets as a group.
Group bookings allow guests to ensure that they can have seating next to each other and results in ticket discounts, too. When booking tickets for a group, discuss your options with a representative to ensure you get the best ticket prices.
Venue Hire is available at the theatre, with numerous capabilities. Hire the two theatre spaces, any of the six cinema screens, bars or foyers. There are meeting rooms for groups of all sizes. Interested parties can also hire the Piano Bar to offer a stylish venue. The Ambassador Lounge is available for hire, too.
Woking’s New Victoria Theatre is the perfect place to hire for business meetings and events.