is a theatre and arts centre in the town of Runcorn
which opened in autumn 2004. The venue consists of a 420 seat main auditorium
playing host to touring productions, a pantomime
each January, local amateur shows and in-house productions, a 108 seat Studio which also serves as a single screen cinema
, an exhibition and gallery space, an education room, a dark room, a digital imaging room, dressing rooms, a meeting room, a bar and a café overlooking the Bridgewater Canal
. It is named after the engineer of the Bridgewater Canal, James Brindley
. The architects were John Miller and Partners. The building is owned by Halton Borough Council and its activities are organised by the council.
For its architecture the centre has won The Centre Vision Award given by The Civic Trust in 2005, the Excellence in Access award given by the ADAPT Trust (Access for Disabled People to Arts Premises Today), and the Architectural Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. For its community activities it won the title Best Arts Project in the UK at The National Lottery Awards in 2007. In May 2008 the theatre won the Best Performance Venue Award at the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards 2008.