This page was made available online on 30th January 2014.
It is updated as the project proceeds.
Greek theatre has provided a classical form of entertainment for over 2000 years.
It has encouraged playwriting and the arts. Greek players played to audiences
of many thousands in the open air creating an unique and enjoyable communal experience.
A tiny Wish Tower Greek theatre has a hard act to follow. But the spirit will be the same.
A very worthwhile community asset.
It can accommodate a multitude of activities. A venue for a choir, a talk, a small ensemble, a reading, a debate, teaching,
young musicians, drama and many cultural activities.
A classical addition to the Wish Tower area.
It can be an additional facility for the events that are
held on the Western Lawns.
A 4 tier theatre, as shown, can accommodate 154 plus 4 wheelchair user spaces.
Performers can be licensed by Eastbourne Borough Council or the restaurant management. The public have open and free access, no barriers, a community theatre.
Major events can be seat number ticketed, with tickets checked by 'Display Check' before the performance or at an interval, no barriers.
Capacity can be increased by extending onto the Western Lawns.
English Heritage, who protect the Wish Tower and its surrounding area, do not object to the current plan, in its present location and size it is acceptable. They reserve judgement for final plans.
This project respect the existing Wealden sandstone rubble walling and includes its use as the main facing of the theatre
enabling the theatre to slip into place complimenting the existing walling. Seating can be profiled Portland stone or buff coloured Wealden sandstone, Portland stone has been indicated.It is planned that a sponsors arc would be included in the project, concentric with the theatre to record all supporters for posterity.
This theatre replaces tarmac paths, shrub beds and steps.
Quantity Surveyors give a preliminary construction budget in the region of
£230,000 to £280,000 (2014) depending upon stonework choices, availability and final design. These are indicative costs only at this stage and do not include any tent structures.
Below are plans, sections and computer generated perspectives.
Right click to choose your PDF download file of these images.
If you would like to see this project become a reality to promote the arts and its community benefits and can offer voluntary services or would like to sponsor/donate or just to know more please email
Wish Tower theatre
View of theatre from Western Lawns.
No barriers, communal
To provide greater venue interest, options exist to improve the theatre's weather independence. Spatial membrane structures can easily be incorporated that
provide solar and precipitation protection without undue compromising the lateral views.
Landscape areas can be introduced to define the theatre area and deal with cable ways.