The Albert Hall is a beautiful Victorian theatre in Llandrindod Wells. It was built in 1896 to designs by Owen Morris Roberts and was Grade II listed on 30 September 1985.
It is a period Victorian building, built when Llandrindod boomed as a spa town, which has retained most of its original features. The early history of building and maintaining the Albert Hall was inextricably bound up with the Ithon Road Presbyterian Church.
In the 1890’s the Church saw the need of a Hall to accommodate the visitors to hold Welsh services. There were 80-90,000 visitors coming to the town each year for spa treatment and rest, under about a dozen doctors. During the height of the summer season a large proportion were Welsh speaking. The Albert Hall was completed in 1896 and the exterior was very much as we know it today, with the exception of the main doors, canopy and steps. The seating capacity was 750, on movable chairs, all numbered. There was a very small stage, with tiers of steps at the back for choirs to assemble. The name Albert Hall was adopted from a suggestion by Mr Edward Jenkins (a member of the Church).
The Albert Hall was established as a theatre in 1922 and is now owned by the Community of Llandrindod Wells and managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers and members of local organisations. In the present day, the theatre has a capacity of just over 400 and is available for hire at very modest fees. The hall is predominantly used for theatre events but can be available for all sorts of entertainment, concerts and meetings. There is also a small meeting room which is available for small parties, rehearsals or meetings.
The mission of the committee is:
- To create and maintain a high quality venue with excellent amenities
- Engage with service users to provide facilities and entertainment for all the community.
- Maximise financial opportunities to ensure sustainability for future generations.
- The vision is to keep this facility available for the town “FOR INFINITY & BEYOND”
The Albert Hall is hired by many users, including local amateur theatre group Llandrindod Wells Theatre Company, local Young Farmers groups and other local performance groups, clubs and schools, as well as touring productions and shows. The committee strive to bring an interesting and varied programme of users and productions to the town and the Albert Hall theatre may be hired by anyone for their own performance or show. As well as performances the Albert Hall can be hired as a theatre style conference venue.
As a registered charity, (Charity Number 524464) in order to open and function as a well maintained resource, the Albert Hall relies on the support of its community, users and volunteers and as such the management committee strive to put on fundraising events throughout the year, including a Talent Night in October and a Christmas Singalong in December. The theatre has also put on two of its own productions of well known musicals, The Addams Family in 2015 and Little Shop of Horrors in 2017. There is also a friends of the Albert Hall group, the AHFriends that contribute to the fundraising efforts of the committee.