Despite this being the most difficult financial year for Guiseley Theatre, we are still passionate about bringing our lovely Victorian Theatre back to life and installing it with up-to-date facilities and infrastructure to secure it's position as a community hub and fantastic arts venue for years to come.
Over the past 6 months we have been renovating our downstairs rooms which are used by many community groups, to provide a clean fresh look and to take the building right back to its Victorian heritage, look and feel.
However, the Barney Colehan Hall presents many challenges, and requires a great amount of fundraising to get it operational as a Theatre once more.
We are currently liaising with Leeds City Council who we lease the building from, to fix the structural problems, damp and rot in the roof timbers which have caused great damage to our stage rigging and electrics, and it looks like this work will be taking place shortly - great news!
However, whilst in lockdown 2020, a survey of our stage equipment deemed it unsuitable for operation and we have since been working hard to rip out and remove 50 years worth of electrical, rigging and light installations which means our stage is now completely bare.
We have kept any working and functional equipment, but we cannot open our stage to performances and shows until a rewire and install has been completed.
Our target date to complete this work is March 2021 when we have our first bookings in the diary!
We would love it if you could donate the average price of a Theatre ticket (£15) to help us on the way...
Donate the price of a ticket to #SAVEOURSTAGE
If you would like to speak to us about sponsorship or making a large donation, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at
Or find our redevelopment fundraiser at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/guiseleytheatrematthews200th and take a look at our wider redevelopment funds here.
We can provide adequate and usable power to the stage. This will include a rewire from the cellar up to the stage from which we can install the appropriate dimmers, patch panels and power outlets.
With £5,000 and power to the stage, a temporary rig of truss on crank stands could be erected to provide basic sound and lighting for any Theatre event in the Main Hall.