Sitting pretty at the Civic theatres

Jenny EcalirPA Photo/Handout.
Jenny EcalirPA Photo/Handout.

IT’s all about the seats at two South Yorkshire theatres called the Civic.

After about 100 years of active service at both Rotherham Civic and the town’s old Regent Theatre, the seating is ready to be replaced.

Mark Scott, manager at Rotherham Theatres, said: “Over the years we’ve had many performers comment on how beautiful and striking the seating looks when seen from the stage.

“However, customers did find them a bit cramped and uncomfortable and many had become defective so, swayed by public opinion, we have decided it is time for new seating to be installed.

“We have trialled a version of the new seat with customers since Easter and after positive feedback we have now agreed on the final chair design which will give greater comfort and hopefully pinch a bit more leg room”

Auditoria Seats from Rotherham will supply the new seats, which will be installed in phases, with the project fully completed in early October.

Some of the curent seats will remain at the theatre but the majority will be auctioned off to the highest bidder by Rotherham auctioneers Paul Beighton.

The first batch will be auctioned on Sunday, August 23. Further information on

The Civic in Barnsley is now allowing customers to choose where they want to sit when they book for shows.

The news came as the theatre launched a new website with details of the autumn and winter season, which runs from September to January.

Chief executive Helen Ball said: “We are welcoming back a number of favourites including Phoenix Dance Theatre and Jenny Éclair as well as the usual brilliant mix of brand-new work for you to try, such as our New Work Weekend in September.

“In the run-up to Christmas there are some fantastic family shows and a very special festive Cabaret Boom Boom just for the grown-ups!

“We are very grateful to all our audiences and partners who continue to support us and we look forward to seeing them again very soon.”

Front of house manager Luke Robson said: “Not only have we increased our maximum capacity by almost 50 seats (336 standard/384 maximum), audiences can now select in advance where they want to sit and don’t have to queue early for the best seats.”

The new website is on