About us & The Brindley Theatre

The Brindley is owned by Halton Borough Council and is the main centre for arts and entertainment for the borough of Halton which covers the twin towns of Runcorn and Widnes on either side of the River Mersey.

The Brindley opened in September 2004 with the following mission statement:

‘The Brindley will provide excellent facilities and opportunities for engaging with and access to performances, exhibitions and events which entertain, educate and inspire’.

The building was designed by the brilliant architect Richard Brierley of John Miller Partners and the design won a Royal Institute of British Architects Architectural Award in 2004.

The Name

The Brindley is named after James Brindley (1716-1772) one of the most notable and inventive engineers of the 18th century.

He was responsible for the construction of the Bridgewater Canal that The Brindley overlooks.

The name was chosen by public competition.


Public Artwork

The neon public artwork on top of the Brindley represents the angled parts of the Transporter Bridge, which the auditorium is named after. The colours are magnetic. It is an abstract idea about the energy and strength, the dynamics of marks and light direction. The corresponding public artwork in the Old Town points to the Brindley, a place of expression in all the arts, for all the people to participate and enjoy.


We have won 11 major awards.

  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology 2008
  • Picture of awardBest Performance Venue – Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards 2008
  • Best Arts Project in the UK – National Lottery Awards 2007
  • ADAPT ‘Excellence In Access’ Award  – Access for Disabled People to Arts Premises Today 2005
  • Centre Vision Civic Trust Award 2005
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Architectural Award 2004
  • Kitemark Award for Disability Access & Friendliness 2013 (The Ella Performance Group)
  • Kitemark Award – Outstanding Services for Young People with Disabilities in Halton 2015 (Halton Speak Out)
  • Tripadvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ 2016
  • 400 seat Theatre
  • 108 seat Studio
  • Gallery Space
  • Creative Display Cabinet
  • Education Room
  • Digital Cinema
  • Theatre Bar *
  • Terrace Café

* Please note that we operate a CASH ONLY service in order to serve customers as quickly as possible in the short time that the bar is open. To avoid the interval rush we also offer a pre-interval drinks service, which can be ordered from the bar upon arrival.

Venue Hire

The Theatre, Studio, Gallery and Education Room spaces are available for hire.  Please contact: brindley.promotions@halton.gov.uk


The Brindley aims to be accessible and welcoming to all and we are committed to making your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Though it is not essential, audience members with specific requirements are advised to book in advance so we can readily provide any assistance. For further information please contact our Box Office on 0151 907 8360.

Wheelchair Users
There is automatic front door access into the building and a number of wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. Please inform the Box Office of your requirements when booking. There are low level counters at the Box Office, Bar & Café.

There is lift access to the first floor and wheelchair access and toilet facilities accessible on the ground floor.

There two designated accessible toilets situated on the ground floor. A family friendly cubicle with changing facilities is located in both the female and male toilets.

FREE in front of the Brindley. FREE accessible spaces in front of the Brindley. FREE behind St.Paul’s Health Centre, FREE behind the Post Offfice.

Hearing Loop
An infra red transmission system is installed in both the Studio and Theatre. Please contact the Box Office to reserve a headset. Please ask Box Office for details of our captioned performances. RNID Type talk dial 18001 0151 907 8360

Assistance Dogs
Support dogs are welcome in all areas of the building; where possible please inform the Box Office at the time of booking.

Assisted Performances
Our annual pantomime features the following assisted performances:

Relaxed Performance. This is designed to welcome into the theatre people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder, This relaxed performance aims to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre. We aim to create a welcoming, less formal atmosphere to reduce anxiety and audience members are able to come and go as they please. Bright lighting will be reduced, music will be played quietly and strobe lighting and pyrotechnics will be removed. For more information see the ‘access’ page of this website.

British Sign Language. This involves a signer at the side of the stage.  Please note, this is not disruptive to those audience members not requiring BSL.

Please notify the box office on 0151 907 8360 of you wish to book for either of these assisted performances.

The Brindley Brochure is available in audio format from the home page of this website.

BOX OFFICE Colette Butler 0151 511 7836 colette.butler@halton.gov.uk
MARKETING Peter Bentham 0151 511 7751 peter.bentham@halton.gov.uk
PRODUCTION Graeme Scragg 0151 511 8673 graeme.scragg@halton.gov.uk
PRODUCTION James Finnigan 0151 511 8064 james.finnigan@halon.gov.uk
VENUE HIRE / PROMOTIONS Claire Rawlinson 0151 511 6182 claire.rawlinson@halton.gov.uk
VENUE HIRE / PROMOTIONS Michelle Shuker 0151 511 6580 michelle.shuker@halton.gov.uk
OUTDOOR EVENTS Steven Garnett 0151 511 8915 steven.garnett@halton.gov.uk
TERRACE CAFE Vanessa Egan 0151 511 6654  vanessa.egan@halton.gov.uk