'T Speelhuis

Church and Theatre go well together

The temporary theatre in the OLV Church in Helmond was opened in the beginning of 2013. Cepezed architects designed this new temporary theatre when the legendary Speelhuis burned down. The auditorium has 450 seats. The temporary theatre will be used for the coming five to ten years as the main auditorium in Helmond pending a new theatre. Because of the use of the church is temporary,  the changes to the monument itself are minimal and will effectively stay in tact. The new seating, the balcony, the stage and the construction for the power fly system are placed within the church as independent elements. The renovation took six months and the audience as well as the artists are very positive about this theatre! This project was runner-up for the 2014 Quadrennial Award for practical excellence in design. (Theater 't Speelhuis win Design Award!)

“What they achieved here was quite clever. They would be crazy if they still want to build a new theatre." Initially this temporary theatre was to be used for 5-10 years, but now, due to its enormous success, the city has extended the use of this location indefinitely.



  • 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.