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Theatre Twyford

Theatre Twyford

The Theatre is currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION with an expected opening early 2024. The following is provided as a guide only – final configuration and equipment may change prior to opening. Contact us for more details.

We are taking expressions of interest for events. Until an official opening date is set for the Theatre, we may be able to offer you our Hall venue instead of the Theatre. Enquire about this venue now

Theatre Twyford is a proscenium arch theatre with raked seating, located in the centre of Merimbula on the far south coast of NSW.


  • Total maximum seating capacity up to 199 (raked seating)
    Note: Practical capacity 194 due to wheelchair spaces/usher seats
  • Removable seating: up to 15 seats from row A; up to 8 seats from row J for 4 wheelchairs
  • Lower auditorium rows A to H: 8 rows, 15-16 seats in each row, 2 outer aisles (up to 124 seats) – stair access only
  • Row J has flexible seating for up to 4 wheelchairs plus 8 accompanying carers, or 3 wheelchairs plus 10 accompanying carers – level access via lift and theatre foyer. Each entry door has space to store 2-3 walkers/wheelchairs if patrons wish to transfer to regular seats.
  • Upper auditorium rows K to N 4 rows, 14-16 seats in each row, 1 central aisle (60 seats) – stair access only
  • Airconditioning and heating

    Stage Features

    Final dimensions to be confirmed once fitout completed. Proscenium arch stage with sacrificial brown board layer over timber.

    Stage Width

    • 9m wide at proscenium arch
    • 10.25m wide forward/behind proscenium arch

    Stage Depth

    • 7.8m deep from down stage to upstage wall (no crossover)
    • 6.6m deep from setting line (behind proscenium arch) to upstage wall
    • 5.45m deep from setting line to black drop flexible crossover upstage

    Stage Height

    • Row A auditorium floor to stage level: 0.6m
    • Stage level to top of proscenium arch: 5 metres
    • Stage level to lighting bar: 5 metres
    • Clearance under upstage catwalk: 4.5 metres


    • Stage right (OP) wing width: 5 metres from edge of proscenium arch to OP wall
    • Stage left (PS) wing width: 6.5 metres from edge of proscenium arch to PS loading dock edge
    • Note: Twyford Hall and Hall stage adjacent to the theatre stage may also be hired as an offstage orchestra space for the Theatre, a green room (PS of Theatre stage) or additional dressing area for large casts/crew.

    Stage Equipment

    To be confirmed when fitout complete – the following plans are all PROVISIONAL.

    • Lectern with mic
    • Sound system including built in speakers, foldback speakers, mics, mic stands, DIs, cables, sound desk in control room.
    • All LED programmable lighting rig with lighting desk in Control Room.
    • Video projection possible onto mid stage projection screen, cyclorama or rear wall available.
    • Paging system
    • CCTV monitors
    • Stage furniture (risers, rostra, drama boxes, table, lounge, seating, plants etc) available for hire on request, with notice
    • Filming and streaming service available on request, with notice

    Crew Facilities

    Please contact our Technical Manager to discuss your specifications/equipment, access security and prerig requirements

    • Control Room at rear of auditorium on upper level with seating for three operators, film cameras – open to auditorium.
    • Additional openable window areas left and right of control room for follow spots.
    • Mobile Stage management control desk can be used from OP or PS side of stage.
    • Stage door entrance on Market St leads to Upper and Lower Dressing Rooms and bathrooms, stage, control room, foyer area.
    • Rear lighting bar accessible from Control Room
    • Hoisted Lighting bars 3 over stage, 2 over FOH – accessible via catwalks
    • All LED Stage Lighting equipment – specification above
    • Sound equipment – specification on request
    • Video and streaming equipment – specification on request
    • High Speed NBN FTTP for streaming – specification available soon
    • Guest WiFi 
    • Motorised Hoist controls OP on Control Room level
    • Motorised Main curtain control PS on stage level (or from Stage Manager Desk or Control Room)
    • Fire curtain
    • Genie AWP-30S vertical mast EWP 9m (certification / induction required)
    • Fibreglass 8 Step Platform Ladder
    • Loading Dock for Hall and Theatre backstage – entrance on Beach Street. Loading dock loads direct onto stage level (820mm above driveway level). Width of roller door 3800mm. Length from edge of dock to closest edge of outer door: 2700mm (a 3 tonne truck will protrude onto outer driveway – trucks must be moved to carpark after bump in to allow roller shutters to be closed).
    • Laser Printer/Scanner/Copier available in Theatre Office

    Cast Facilities

    Please contact the Venue Manager regarding riders or additional facilities required.

    • Lower Dressing Room/Green Room – stage level
      • Access via Stage Door and ramp on Market St
      • Seating capacity up to 6 (including 1-2 wheelchair spaces)
      • Lockable accessible sliding door
      • Level access to stage (OP side)
      • Bathroom with accessible shower, toilet and washbasin
      • Separate washbasin in dressing room
      • Mirrored and lit benches
      • Bar fridge
      • Tea & coffee making facilities
      • Recycling/waste bin
      • Stage CCTV in dressing room
      • Stage Manager paging system
      • Access via Stage Door on Market St and stairwell
      • Access to stage via stairwell and Lower Dressing Room
      • Seating capacity 10
      • Bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
      • Separate washbasin in dressing room
      • Hanging space
      • Mirrored and lit benches
      • Washing machine, dryer, ironing board and iron, drying rack
      • Recycling/waste bin
      • Stage CCTV in dressing room
      • Stage Manager paging system
    • Guest Wifi


    • Backstage catering with prior notice
    • Smoking or vaping not permitted at any time inside the building or within 10 metres of any of the building entrances under NSW and local council regulations. This includes e-cigarettes.
    • No alcohol or BYO to be consumed by cast/crew outside licenced area, prior to or during performances by law. The Twyford is a drug-free zone.
    • Theatre Foyer may be hired after shows until midnight only – RSA certified staff member must be employed if alcohol service required.
    • All visitors and staff agree to abide by Work Health & Safety standards and procedures at all times in the venue including use of appropriate PPE and adherence to COVID safety requirements
    • Venue Services
    • Info for Touring Artists


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    Listed rates are room hire only. For show buy-ins, share deals, crew costs, bar service, catering or additional equipment hire details, please contact the Venue Manager.

    • Hire rates include use of the theatre auditorium, dressing rooms with attached bathrooms, stage, loading dock and cleaning.
    • Equipment hire POA
    • Staffing POA

    Minimum staffing requirements for events:

    • Duty Manager and at least 2 Ushers trained in evacuation procedures
    • First Aid Certified Officer on roster
    • RSA certified staff member when alcohol being served
    • Duty Technical Manager during prerig, bump-in and setup when Twyford stage equipment in use

    Please discuss your event’s staffing requirements with the Venue Manager as early as possible.

    Enquire about this venue now