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 80,000.
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 professional, venue-based theatre companies in Wales - alongside Sherman Cymru in Cardiff and Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold. With a minimum of at least two new productions each year, the Torch Theatre Company tour at least one production every two years.
The Torch Theatre is an integral part of Pembrokeshire's artistic & creative community; in addition to a diverse yearly programme, it offers a Youth Theatre for Junior & Senior Levels, a Community Choir [Torch Voices], Mother & Baby Groups, Disability Movement Groups, Dementia Friendly Film screenings [Movies & Memories] and is also the Pembrokeshire home to the Welsh National Opera's critically acclaimed Cradle Choir.
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.
2017 marked the Torch Theatre’s 40th birthday. Forty years as a producing company, with over 200 shows under their belt. The Torch Theatre celebrated this milestone by staging the iconic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with a cast of fourteen actors, one of the biggest casts ever seen in a Torch Theatre show. The production proved to be one of the Torch Theatre Company’s best-ever shows; receiving outstanding critical acclaim and 5-star reviews.
In March 2018, Grav played in both New York and Washington DC. 2019 saw Grav embark on its fifth national tour, scoring its 100th ‘cap’ at the Carmarthen Lyric on Thursday 7 March and culminated in four shows at The Hope Theatre, London, marking Grav’s debut in the UK capital
Peter Doran, Artistic Director of the Torch Theatre is the most performed director in the history of the theatre. He has written 9 of the 43 productions himself including this year’s pantomime Cinderella.
Cinderella will be the Torch Theatre Company’s 177th production and their 40th Christmas Show.