The Courtyard Theatre

Profile of the venue at Ballyearl, Newtownabbey

The Courtyard Theatre is set in the landscaped gardens of Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre. The Courtyard Theatre officially opened in January 1993, and was built in the courtyard and stable area of Burnview House. The house was refurbished at the same time to provide a basis for arts and crafts classes.

The Courtyard Theatre is mostly used as a 180 seat auditorium, but can be adapted for conferences, dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and craft fairs. The spacious foyer and mezzanine floors are ideal venues for jazz brunches, art exhibitions, buffets, and fairs. The arts centre hosts an annual arts and crafts summer scheme. Music, dance and drama festivals are also staged here.

The Courtyard is home to Newtownabbey’s theatre group Theatre 3, and a plaque listing their many productions is on display in the main auditorium. The mezzanine also bears a plaque dedicated to the famous Newtownabbey film star Stephen Boyd, best known for his role in Ben Hur.

Over the years, the Courtyard Theatre has played host to many performers now household names in Northern Ireland, including Patrick Keilty, The Hole in the Wall Gang and Peter Corry.

For further information on the theatre, and for complete events listings, log on to The Courtyard Theatre is set in the landscaped gardens of Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre. The Courtyard Theatre officially opened in January 1993, and was built in the courtyard and stable area of Burnview House. The house was refurbished at the same time to provide a basis for arts and crafts classes.

The Courtyard Theatre is mostly used as a 180 seat auditorium, but can be adapted for conferences, dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and craft fairs. The spacious foyer and mezzanine floors are ideal venues for jazz brunches, art exhibitions, buffets, and fairs. The arts centre hosts an annual arts and crafts summer scheme. Music, dance and drama festivals are also staged here.

The Courtyard is home to Newtownabbey’s theatre group Theatre 3, and a plaque listing their many productions is on display in the main auditorium. The mezzanine also bears a plaque dedicated to the famous Newtownabbey film star Stephen Boyd, best known for his role in Ben Hur.

Over the years, the Courtyard Theatre has played host to many performers now household names in Northern Ireland, including Patrick Keilty, The Hole in the Wall Gang and Peter Corry.

For further information on the theatre, and for complete events listings, log on to http://www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/courtyardtheatre/default.asp, or contact Newtownabbey Borough Council on +44 (0) 28 9084 8287.

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