The hosting venue for The Ovation Awards 2012 was the Partington Theatre in Glossop, Derbyshire. Glossop's own live theatre is owned by the Partington Players who established in 1954 as Glossop Repertory Company. In 1957 they moved to their current address on Henry Street, a former Liberal Club, skilfully converting it in to a charming and intimate theatre of 120 seats. As well as their own in-house productions they also produce an annual one-act play festival and play host to the Peak Film Society, local choirs and professional touring companies.
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The hosting venue for The Ovation Awards 2011event was Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax, West Yorks. Square Chapel is a beautiful red brick Georgian chapel and one of only a handful of square churches ever built. Built in 1772, it is believed to have been designed by the eighteen year old Thomas Bradley, who went on to design Halifax’s famous Piece Hall. During the 19th and much of the 20th centuries, Square Chapel was home to Sunday schools, Boys Brigade and its own orchestra before being allowed to fall into a state of dangerous disrepair. In 1988 six local theatre lovers bought the run down Square Chapel for just £25. Their vision was to turn it into a vibrant Centre for the Arts for professional artists and the community. Square Chapel has been functioning as an arts centre since 1989. The venue has seating for 222 people on a fixed retractable seating unit, as well as an additional 19 chairs. Square Chapel attracts over 30,000 people per year and has gone from being run by volunteers back in 1995 to employing 20 full and part time staff. Square Chapel have a varied programme of events every season playing host to musicians, theatre companies, workshops and lectures.