Location Icon The Take 2 Centre, 311 Sheffield Road , Birdwell, Barnsley, S70 5TU


YOUR local theatre
The Academy Theatre caters for all ages and all tastes. From West End shows touring the UK, pantomimes, shows produced by the Theatre themselves, to evenings of mediumship… this family owned and run venue welcomes everyone.

Our Facilities

Entering into the Theatre building could be compared to entering a different world. From our large free car park off a busy road, you step into the tranquillity and beautiful surroundings that only a local theatre can provide.

We have a restaurant where you can enjoy a pre-show meal and The Stage Door theatre bar is open throughout the evening.

Our intimate auditorium seats 172 people in tiered seating. It provides an interactive and highly connective atmosphere.

We are committed to making your theatre experience as accessible as possible. We are able to provide level access to the box office, bar/restaurant and studios. We offer wheelchair access and 6 wheelchair positions in the auditorium (if booked in advance). We are able to accommodate wheelchairs to a maximum of 46cm wide x 40cm deep. In the interests of safety, clear exits and access please discuss your needs with us if your wheelchair exceeds our maximum size. Assistance dogs are welcome - please discuss suitability of seating areas at the time of booking.

Throughout the day, if you’d like to drop in for a coffee, the bar operates as a café… a great place to meet friends for a catch up. There are also a range of meeting rooms available for hire.
Academy Theatre bar

Take 2 Performing Arts Academy

We like to home grow talent.

Our classes allow for all ages and all abilities to enjoy dance, musical theatre, performance, theatre skills, vocal, and music lessons.

Being based within the theatre building, Take 2 Academy allows students to learn in a working theatre setting and this makes all the difference to their personal and stage confidence.

Because of our long standing connections in the industry, we have seen our students go on to successfully perform in West End shows, amongst others.

The Team

We are a family business which has passed through the generations.

The core team is Julie, Steve, and Sue... however, in the evenings the whole family gets involved. And why would they not. When a show is on, magic happens.

Julie is dedicated to bringing the best shows and performers to the Academy Theatre. And with her contacts and reputation, that's no issue at all.

It has even been known for the Theatre to be booked by management companies and agents, keeping the team in the dark as to who is going to turn up to rehearse… until they walk through the door. The photographs on the walls document just a few of those famous faces!

Get in Touch with us

We'd love to hear from you
If you have an enquiry, we would love to hear from you. You can either complete the contact form on this page, call us, send an email, or pop in to see us. All our contact details are here.