St. Helens Theatre Royal
Since it first opened in 1901, St. Helens Theatre Royal has been entertaining the general public for over a century. The theatre is renowned for being a modern entertainment venue, bringing a wide variety of musicals, drama, comedy and pantomimes, both local and touring performances. Conveniently situated in the centre of the town, it is accessible and can be found easily.
A mixture of performances are featured at St. Helens Theatre Royal such as musicals, dramas, comedy and pantomimes, so there is something for everyone’s taste. Not only is there a variety of genres in performances, but the times and dates of each show are different. Shows are performed during the week alongside the weekend at different times too, meaning that there will always be a performance that suits you.
Because St. Helens Theatre Royal features many performances, there is something for every age group. Small children can come along with their families to watch the likes of Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever!, whereas grown-ups may prefer Whitney – Queen of the Night. There are many family favourites too such as the classic tale The Wizard of Oz, which are perfect for a lovely evening out.
There is seating of up to 700 in St. Helens Theatre Royal, and like most other theatres, it is sectioned into three tiers. The Stage houses the most seats being on the floor level, whereas the Dress Circle on the first floor contains the least number of seats. The Circle on the second floor also provides seats too. Alongside the theatre, there is also the Royale Roomm which is the theatre’s function suite and can be hired for events, and there are also a variety of meeting rooms available to hire.
St. Helens Theatre Royal has accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, alongside being accessible to wheelchair users via the ramp in the main entrance. Both levels of the theatre are accessible for wheelchair users. There is also a bar which opens one hour before the event.
St. Helens Theatre Royal is surrounded by many shops and cafés for those who want to spend leisurely time before or after the performance, and is also near to restaurants and bars, allowing a pleasant evening to be experienced. It is also a short walk away from Hardshaw Park for those who wish to take a stroll.
For those of you who may be considering travelling by car, disabled parking is featured very close to the theatre, whilst there are many other parking options nearby. The nearest include Hardshaw Centre Car Park, which is a secure car park within the shopping centre itself, and Birchley Street Car Park, which is also a short walk away. The tariffs for the car parks are reasonable also.
There are many public transport options available near the theatre. St. Helens Theatre Royal is only a 5-minute walk to St. Helens Central, where trains run to many different locations. Moreover, it only takes three minutes to reach St. Helens Bus Station from the theatre too. Taxi services near St. Helens include Cable Taxis, situated on Waterloo Street and Duke Street.
There is a range of options to choose from when it comes to deciding on a restaurant in St. Helens, all within walking distance of the theatre. From Chinese to Italian, you will not be discomforted in choosing somewhere to eat. There is a mixture of single chain restaurants that are home to St. Helens, and well-known restaurants too such as Pizza Hut. Many of the restaurants also have a takeaway option too if you aren’t planning on staying long.
Bars, Pubs and Clubs
There are many pubs within and surrounding St. Helens, including the popular The Rockware on Shaw Street, which is considered cosy and friendly, though it only accepts cash. Also nearby is the Imperial Bar and Dance Club on Ormskirk Street, which is the place to visit if you are seeking a fun-filled atmosphere following your trip to St. Helens Theatre Royal. The Rendezvous Bar on Church Street is also a fun and light-hearted venue.
St. Helens offers many local hotels, all of which are reasonably priced. These include Griffin Inn, a three-star hotel which includes free parking and free WiFi, alongside Eccleston Arms Hotel and Hotel Mercure St. Helens (both rated four stars), which also offer the same services. OYO Lakeside Haydock Hotel, rated three stars, also offers free WiFi, and the Travelodge Haydock St. Helens offers complimentary WiFi and parking.
Other Local Services
St. Helens Theatre Royal can easily be incorporated into a fun day out. The town of St. Helens itself offers a range of experiences such as the World Of Glass Museum, which alongside interesting artefacts also homes a gift shop and a café. If it is a family day you are planning, then Taylor Park is for you. Situated by the lake, there are walks available, plus two playgrounds and a café. Meanwhile, Sherdley Park and Victoria Park are renowned for their scenery and opportunity to walk at one with nature, if taking a pleasant stroll befits you. If the outdoor life is not something that suits you well, then Church Square Shopping Centre exists in the heart of St. Helens, and alongside numerous cafes and restaurants, it contains many popular high street brands such as Topshop, H&M, JD Sports and Poundland.
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