'T Speelhuis

Church and Theatre go well together

In the beginning of 2013 the temporary theatre in the OLV Church in Helmond is opened. Cepezed architects designed this new temporary theatre that replaces the burned Speelhuis. The auditorium has 450 seats. The temporary theatre will be used in the coming five to ten years as a main auditorium in Helmond pending a new theatre.

Because of the temporary use of the church there are minimal changes so the monument can stay intact as much as possible. Therefore, the seating, the bacony, the stage and the construction for the power fly system are placed in the church as seperate elements. The renovation started in October 2012 and in March 2013 the theatre was officially opened. The audience as well as the artists are very positive about this theatre!

Initially the theatre was planned in the church for 5-10 years, but now, thanks to the enormous success they decided that the theater remains in the church permanently.

Theater 't Speelhuis win Design Award!


  • Client Municipality Helmond
  • Architect Cepezed Architects
  • Project

    Reuse monumental Church to theatre (405 seats)

  • Awards

    STC Practical Excellence in Design Award 2014, runner-up

  • Date of completion 2013

Temporary theater 'T Speelhuis in the Church of Our Lady, Helmond

Scope of work Theateradvies®

Logistics, auditorium design, public facilities, seats, electrical and mechanical installations.

Stage and wings, flying system stage lighting, AV equipment and drapery.

European Tender for flying equipment, seating, AV equipment, stage lighting and drapery.

On-site supervision, planning and budget control.