Formby Little Theatre

Case Study


Formby Little Theatre was first established in its own premises in 1984 when the company’s rehearsal space was adapted into an intimate theatre with a seating capacity of 64. The theatre quickly established itself in the local community and continues to thrive today. The company now performs 5 productions a season and regularly has a full house. In 2016 when the theatre wanted to upgrade its seating, Evertaut helped transform the auditorium:

Over 30 years since its opening, the theatre’s seating was looking dated and in need of replacement. The original chairs had served the theatre and its audience well but there was a need to upgrade the auditorium which included the floor structure, carpet and seating.

The Committee at Formby Little Theatre chose Evertaut from a range of suppliers who quoted for the works having been impressed by the quality and comfort of our Orion chair, along with our complete service offering from design to installation.

Original seating at Formby Little Theatre

Above: the auditorium at Formby Little Theatre prior to its refurbishment

Design & Planning

Following site visits to the theatre and close consultation with the theatre’s Chairman, Evertaut designed a new seating plan, taking into account the theatre’s requirements and the dimensions of the new Orion seats. The old seats were narrower than the Orion so the new plan accommodated 59 seats; 5 less than the original layout. This was a change the theatre were happy to make in order to enhance the audience experience by providing more spacious and comfortable seating.

The new design also included 10 removable seats on the front row to allow for the accommodation of wheelchairs, as and when required. The removable seats were in 2 banks of 3 seats and 2 banks of 2 seats.

Plans for the new tiered flooring were also drawn up with an increase in the tread depth to accommodate the larger size seat and to optimise available leg room.

Seating plan at Formby Little Theatre

Transformation Under Way

The old seating, carpeting and tiering was removed leaving the area clear for the new installation whilst the theatre walls and ceiling were repainted.

Evertaut’s team of fitters installed the new tiered flooring using plywood decking. All treads, risers and intersteps were carpeted, with nosing and trims fitted.

Tiered floor at Formby Little Theatre during installation
Formby Little Theatre installation of new tiered flooring

New Fixed Seating Installation

Evertaut manufactured and fitted 59 new Orion seats, upholstered in Camira Mainline Plus fabric in Crimson. The new chairs offer a more comfortable user experience with deeper foams and a higher back and, unlike the old seats which had no arms at all, the new chairs incorporate fully upholstered arms. New seat numbers and row letters added the finishing touch.

Evertaut's Orion Theatre Seating shown from 3 different angles

Transformation Complete

With works completed, Formby Little Theatre was transformed with a stylish new look whilst still maintaining the traditional theatre ambience. The theatre committee were very pleased with the end result.

Before and after installation of new seating by Evertaut Ltd at Formby Little Theatre

Formby Little Theatre Logo

“We were delighted with the service provided to us from Evertaut from the start of the process right through to its conclusion. The fitting of the flooring, carpeting and seating was completed to our detailed plan and to a very high standard. Our patrons are delighted with the end result and many of them have told me how much more comfortable it is when they are seated watching our latest productions. Highly recommended.”

Tony Burke – Chairman, Formby Little Theatre


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