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Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre among post-war buildings listed Grade II

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:04 20 February 2013

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre among post-war buildings listed Grade II

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre among post-war buildings listed Grade II

One of the first post-war provincial theatres to be funded by public subscription, Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has been listed Grade II by culture minister Ed Vaizey in recognition of its special architectural interest.

One of the first post-war provincial theatres to be funded by public subscription, Guildfords Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has been listed Grade II by culture minister Ed Vaizey in recognition of its special architectural interest.


The theatre opened its doors in 1965 as a proud memorial to the much loved French actress who had made her home in Effingham Common.


The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a visually striking building which has been carefully designed, planned and detailed. It is the epitome of an architecturally inventive provincial theatre of the mid-1960s which survives in remarkably intact condition and fully merits listing at Grade II, says English Heritage Head of Designation, Emily Gee.


Today theatre, under the directorship of James Barber, is a busy producing and receiving house creating shows in Guildford and touring nationally with many transferring to the West End.

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