Access: Level access to stage, entrance SR. Scene dock 1.6m wide, 4m high

Two dressing rooms, both with toilet and shower. Disabled access via scene dock. Dressing Room 2 has kitchenette. Both dressing rooms are no smoking during performances.

Sprung dance floor. Black vinyl finish.
Depth of stage (from setting line to rear tabs) 6.3m
Depth of stage (from setting line to cyc) 7.9m
Depth of stage (from front row to cyc) 10.7m
Width of stage 9.7m US, 19m DS
Width of pros opening 9m
Width between legs 6.6m US, 8.6m DS
Grid height 5.5m

Seating capacity 241
Removable seats 26
Wheelchair capacity 13 (A1-15, E1-2, K1-4, K25- 29)
Depth of auditorium 9.6m
Width of auditorium (60 degree fan) 20.4m max, 9m min
Height from stage to back row (20 degree rake) 3.1m
Hearing induction loop throughout auditorium
NB: Please note that there is no pass door or internal route from backstage to FOH. The Merlin Theatre stage is a non-smoking area, unless authorisation is given. Phone, fax, and minicom are available upon request.

Available for hire
1 x Jem ZR33 HiMass smoke machine £15 per day
2-way Le Maitre pyro system (2 x standard pod, 1 x angle pod) £15 per day
Le Maitre double flash wand £5 per day
1 x Skytec bubble machine £10 per day
NB: If you wish to use pyrotechnics, naked flames, cigarettes etc. we need at least three weeks written notice so we can obtain permission from the local Fire Brigade.


Playback / FOH system
1 x Allen & Heath GL2200 FOH mixing desk (24:4:2, 6 aux, pre/post fade)
1 x Tascam MD301 Minidisc player
2 x Denon DN-C630 CD player
1 x Denon DRM 650S Cassette player
1 x Yamaha REV500 Digital Reverb/Effects unit
2 x Opal Constant Q 2 × 31 Graphic Equaliser
3 x MC2 T1000 (2 × 500W) Power Amplifiers
4 x Martin Blackline F12 Full Range FOH speakers
2 x Martin Blackline S15 Sub Bass FOH speakers
2 x Martin Blackline F8 Full range rear fill speakers

Monitor / portable
1 x MC2 T1000 (2 × 500W) Power Amplifier
2 x Martin Blackline F12 Full Range monitor speakers

6 x Shure SM58 vocal microphones
8 x Shure SM57 general purpose microphones
2 x Rode NT1-A condenser microphones
4 x Sennheiser EW100 radio microphones (lapel)
2 x Audio Technica ATM33a microphones
3 x BSS AR-133 Active D.I. box
2 x EMO Single D.I. box
10 x Boom microphone stands
2 x Low level boom microphone stands

30A single phase sound supply DSL
2 x Audio Technica rifle mics (installed – feeds induction loop, show relay, FOH support)
Kelsey 24 + 6 audio multicore (parallel SL/SR to control room)
30m multicore (24 sends and 4 returns, all XLR)
Talkback to stage through FOH or monitors (from control room only)

AV Equipment
1 x Hitachi XGA Progressive CP-X990 Projector (fixed rig centre Bridge 1)
Yamaha DSP-E800 AV Processor/Amplifier
Kramer VS-88A Audio Matrix
NB: all AV playback equipment mounted in cabinet DSL. All AV equipment is dual-ownership so availability cannot be guaranteed.


1 x ETC ION Desk with 2 colour monitors (DMX512 and D54 control)
1 x Riggers Remote
3 x Zero88 Chilli 24-10i Dimmer racks
72 circuits allocated as on plan
6 x DMX outlets allocated as on plan
13A independents in auditorium/ stage/ grid/ control room
32A to 2 × 32A, 3 × 13A power distro board (portable)
House lights operated from 4-stage panel in control room or lighting desk

11 x Strand Cantata 26/44 Profiles 1.2K
12 x Strand Cantata 18/32 Profiles 1.2K (Fixed rig FOH)
4 x Strand Cantata 18/32 Profiles 1.2K
20 x Selecon Compact Fresnels 1.2K
4 x Strand Cantata Fresnels 1.2K
4 x Strand Cantata PCs 1.2K
14 x Parcan CP62 1K
3 x Coda Flood Batten (each 3 × 500W cell)
Selection of irises and gobo holders (A & B size)

2 x Tab Warmers (1K Furse Fresnels) situated rear FOH
6 x portable upright booms (2m height)
Limited stock of gel (Lee filters only)
Selection of gobos
Extra scaff / rigging equipment available – please phone for details
Limited amount of stage weights available


Show relay to backstage
Backstage calls (from prompt corner)
Tecpro dual circuit Master Station (DSL) with headset
6 x headset / beltpack
Comms points in control room, auditorium and stage wings
13A sockets available SL / SR
White cyc as rear wall of stage
FOH tabs (red) on setting line, SR operation
4 x pairs of legs (black) on swivel
Rear tabs (black) 1.6m DS of cyc, SR operation
Crossover – either through rear corridor, or US of rear tabs
Props tables, bluelights and stage weights available
Some free standing hard masking available – phone for details.


Lighting Plan PDF


Ground Plan PDF