We are delighted to be running our next Open Morning at Canford on Saturday 22nd April and look forward to welcoming families interested in both 13+/14+ and Sixth Form entry.
The Layard Theatre was opened by Sir Richard Eyre in May 1999, having been funded in part from the sale of the Assyrian Frieze, which had originally been brought to Canford by Sir Henry Layard in the mid-nineteenth century.
Attractively sited on the campus of Canford School, in 250 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Stour, the theatre offers the pleasure of the performing arts in a beautiful and historic setting. It is a flexible and atmospheric building, which has won wide acclaim and, with a seating capacity of just 294 (including 2 designated wheelchair spaces), the theatre is intimate, accessible and welcoming for both seasoned theatre-goers and first-timers.
In addition to housing Canford's drama department and student productions, this fully-equipped, modern theatre provides a venue for a wide range of professional entertainment, including top quality theatre and music. These productions are open to the public and are publicised in our seasonal programme. Parking for the theatre is free.
Layard Theatre, Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AD
Box office: 01202 847525 Hire enquiries: 01202 847529
THE LAYARD THEATRE – ENJOYING YOUR VISIT
Our vibrant season of pupil performances continues for the current academic year, from musicals and mysteries to drama and dance. We will post updates on this website and to our mailing list - if you’d like to join this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, detailing your name and email address.
Additionally, we are taking bookings for venue hire, with 2023 filling up- do contact our administration via email@example.com, or call 01202 847525.
Enjoying Live theatre safely:
The Layard Theatre uses an air replacement system, to exchange air in the auditorium with air from outside of the building, although this is not in use during performances in order that your viewing and listening is uncompromised. Mask wearing is entirely at patrons’ discretion.
Other Covid-safe practices for our audiences include hand sanitisation points throughout the building, and the provision of virucidal spray in our lavatory cubicles.
We hope that this will mean you feel supported to relax and safely watch live theatre, here at the Layard.
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THEATRE SEATING PLAN
View the layout of the Layard Theatre