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Torch Theatre, Milford Haven


The Torch Theatre was established in 1977 as one of the only building-based producing theatres in Wales. We were approached to rejuvenate the original theatre to extend its capacity and reposition it at the heart of the community.

The Brief

The initial brief included provisions for a new 300 seat main theatre, a 100 seat studio theatre, art gallery and exhibition spaces. These spaces needed support from a new restaurant, foyer and reception facilities.

Updated layouts also had to address the current Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements and circulation routes to help promote the Torch experience to every audience member, no matter their capabilities.

Our Solution

Since its completion in 2010, the building has become a beacon, bringing arts and culture to the local community. It has attracted visitors from across the country, providing a warm welcome for those wishing to enjoy the arts and to socialise.

Colourful in its appearance, the Torch Theatre now has two performances spaces including the main theatre and a new 102 seat studio theatre. The building also houses a gallery, café and state-of-the-art digital cinema technology with 3D capabilities.

“Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.”
–   Daniel Shaw, Torch Theatre General Manager

Lawray are an organisation which is committed to delivery without exception to quality. They are a well organised team with an excellent record in dealing with all levels of client in a complex organisation. Impressive design outcomes and a ‘can do’ attitude only provide benefit to projects they have been involved with. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lawray to any organisation.

Mike Ellery, Velindre