A historic Hanley venue is returning to its roots with a name change to reflect its theatrical past. Former JJs, on Pall Mall is set to change its name to the Royal Music Hall to mark the venue’s rich history of theatre and leisure that dates back to 1853.
The Theatre Royal started life as a theatre in November 1853, after it was converted from a Methodist chapel. Over the years the venue was re-designed and changed, notably after the stage and auditorium of the venue were totally destroyed by fire in 1949. The theatre became a bingo hall in the 1960s, but later in 1981, a local trust purchased the theatre and it reopened, hosting and producing a number of popular shows, ballets and operas.
The new Royal Music hall venue, owned by The Deltic Group, is a space for promoters, local musicians and groups to use for their own concerts and events, as well as businesses to hire for corporate functions. It has a dancefloor, stage and seating for 400 people, with a standing capacity of 900. The venue has already started taking bookings for Christmas parties in November and December.
General manager Ric Harpin, Royal Music Hall said: “We know the venue has a rich and interesting past so felt the change in name would be rather fitting. We really want to make sure the venue’s theatrical and entertainment history is remembered and hope that the name change to the Royal Music Hall will help in this. We’re looking forward to hosting parties, performers and promoters and continuing to bring great nights out and entertainment to the people of Staffordshire and beyond.”
The venue has seen a number of celebrities through its doors over the years, including Robbie Williams, who began his stage career there, Jeremy Beadle, Ken Dodd, Dale Winton and Terry Wogan. More recently, the new Royal Music Hall has become the home of Sankeys Stoke, with DJs Erick Morillo and Paul Oakenfold hosting events and internationally renowned DJ and Grammy Award winner Roger Sanchez due to play on 6 July.
Patricia Layland, a former marketing and publicity manager at the Theatre Royal in the 1980s is thrilled with the name change. “I’m delighted hat the venue is going have a name change to reflect its wonderful theatrical roots. My grandmother took me to the theatre when I was a child and my love for the stage started then. I have really fond memories of working at the former Theatre Royal and I’m pleased to see the name change and hope it will help myself and others remember what a super place this was.”
Patricia, alongside another local theatre historian Angie Stevenson, plans to hold an exhibition at the new Royal Music Hall of memorabilia from the theatre in July.
The Deltic Group is the UK’s largest operator for late night bars and clubs with 57 venues and employs 3,000 people.
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