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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 has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)