History

How we started

haydn-reesTheatr Clwyd was created through the vision of Flintshire County Council and its Chief Executive T.M. Haydn Rees (pictured). He strongly believed that the people of North Wales should not be deprived of the opportunities to see amazing theatre  and the arts that was enjoyed by those in South Wales and in the major Northern cities.

“Why should we be deprived of these opportunities?”  T.M. Haydn Rees

The building

theatr-clwyd-1980Theatr Clwyd was originally built as a Regional Arts Centre. Located a mile from Mold town centre in North East Wales, the building incorporates four live performance venues, cinema, gift shop, bistro restaurant and three art galleries. The  theatre was designed by a team of architects from the council consulting extensively with specialist theatre consultants and working closely with the council.

Original plans included multiple theatre spaces (which form the basis of Theatr Clwyd today) with an additional 1,400 seat concert hall (which was never built due to financial constraints). The building included TV Studios (and was home to HTV Wales from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s), facilities to build sets and make costumes as well as function rooms to host major civic events.

It was opened in 1976 by Queen Elizabeth II to huge crowds.

Awards

TMA Theatre of the Year award (1998)

Artistic Directors

george_b_wGeorge Roman (1976 – 1984)
The first Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, alongside Administrator Roger Tomlinson established the theatre as a center of excellence gaining a national reputation. Together they brought a varied international repertoire to Mold while supporting Welsh-born dramatists and Welsh-language productions. Over those first 8 years work by classic dramatists was produced alongside the “new voices” including Pinter, Ayckbourn, Bennett, Stoppard and Barker.

toby-robertsonToby Robertson (1985 – 1992)
As an actor he appeared  in Peter Brook’s production of The Tempest with John Gielgud. He became involved as a director with the Prospect Theatre Company before running Theatr Clwyd bringing leading actors including Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Michael Hordern and Timothy Dalton to perform at the theatre.

helena-kaut-howsonHelena Kaut-Howson (1992 – 1995)
An internationally acclaimed theatre and opera director Helena Kaut-Howson has worked extensively in the UK and beyond. She has directed over 100 theatre and opera productions. She attracted many major artists including Anthony Hopkins and Julie Christie. Her awards include the Peter Brook Open Space Award and Manchester Evening News Awards.

terry-handsTerry Hands (1997 – 2015)
Terry Hands is an English theatre director who founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for thirteen years. He has received several Olivier, Tony and Moliere nominations for directing and lighting.He was appointed CBE in the 2007 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to drama.

tamara-harveyTamara Harvey (2015 – present)
Tamara Harvey has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad. She was Associate Director at the Bush Theatre from 2010 -11, a director for the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic and on the panel of the George Devine Award. She is a board member for the National Student Drama Festival and a trustee of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.