The Torch Theatre is a modern and vibrant centre for the arts which prides itself on extending a warm Pembrokeshire welcome to all visitors.
Established in 1977, The Torch Theatre is Pembrokeshire’s only professional theatre venue and arts complex, funded principally by the Arts Council of Wales and Pembrokeshire County Council. The theatre was designed by local architect, Monty Minter, with one main auditorium of 297 seats at a cost of £500,000. The Torch Theatre now offers over 900 shows, films, art exhibitions and live broadcasts annually to audiences in excess of 70,000.
A not-for-profit, publicly-funded theatre and registered charity, The Torch Theatre is the only major theatre producing venue in West Wales and one of only three building-based producing theatres in Wales (alongside Sherman Cymru and Clwyd Theatr Cymru).
Offering an excellent programme of distinctive, relevant and accessible arts activity that has a loyal and growing audience, we have a reputation for presenting high-quality theatre productions and touring shows with a warm welcome. As Pembrokeshire's only professional theatre, the ethos of "something for everyone" results in a varied programme throughout the year, including drama, dance, opera, ballet, popular music, comedy and family entertainment.
Following a £5.4 million refurbishment and extension project, it now consists of a 300 seat Main House, a 102 seat Studio Theatre, a bespoke art gallery, bar facilities and an attractive café - Café Torch. The venue has been transformed to create an accessible, comfortable and attractive place to enjoy entertainment and the arts, complete with state of the art digital cinema technology with 3D capabilities.
The Torch Theatre has recently joined forces with Milford Haven Neighbourhood Police Team and ASD Info Wales, the national site for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to help promote National Autism Awareness Week in their local community and to become the first autism-friendly town in Dyfed-Powys.
As part of this initiative, The Torch Theatre have recently introduced special relaxed film screenings for family films, tailored to meet the needs of people with an autistic spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Performances are adapted with a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium and adapted light and sound in order to reduce anxiety and ensure a safe, enjoyable theatre visit. The Torch Theatre have planned a special relaxed performance of their Christmas pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ on Monday 18 December 6.30pm.