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Plymouth Theatre Royal listed as National Heritage List reaches 400,000 entries

The National Heritage List for England has reached a record 400,000 entries, recognising and protecting precious historic sites across the country.

Encompassing historic buildings, monuments, battlefields, shipwrecks, designed landscapes and World Heritage Sites, the List records the extraordinarily varied built heritage of England and offers protection so these places can continue to be appreciated for years to come. Plymouth Theatre Royal is one of the recent additions, with the Historic England website stating that:

"The Theatre Royal is a striking and sophisticated example of twentieth-century design, completed in 1982. The theatre was commissioned by Plymouth City Council, who wanted a venue that could cater for both large and small productions within a single auditorium. The architects created a moveable auditorium roof that could be lowered to conceal the upper tier of seating, providing a smaller venue while not detracting from the quality of the overall space.

"The idea of making an auditorium adaptable in size rather than shape had never been attempted in Britain before. The building features distinctive geometric forms inside and out – from the octagonal concrete pillars, to the lift shaft."

Auditorium and stage of Plymouth Theatre Royal

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: “The List is a treasure trove of special historic places that demonstrates the rich variety of England’s history. Reaching 400,000 entries is a milestone – it confirms just how important our heritage is and how much deserves protecting for future generations.”

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The National Heritage List for England tells the story of our past, and the people, places and events that shaped it. This landmark highlights the huge diversity of historic places that we have protected and the integral role heritage plays in our culture."