Established in 1911, The People’s Theatre has been producing participation theatre to a professional standard for over a hundred years and has become one of the largest and oldest amateur theatre groups in the UK. Supporting people to take their first steps on and behind the stage and creating entertaining, compelling art in the heart of the community, the People’s Theatre builds confidence and nurtures the development of new writing. We stage up to 12 productions a year in our 500-seat main auditorium, and a further 3 productions in the 90-seat studio.
Maintaining our artistic output is challenging – but its what we do and we love it! Volunteers do everything from design and build sets to running our Front of House and selling ice creams. We strongly believe that great theatre should be accessible to all. That’s why we can keep our ticket prices affordable, why we run a free Young People’s Theatre, and why we share our building with many other local groups.
Yet maintaining our ageing building is hard work, and is increasingly costing more than our ticket sales and membership subscriptions can bring in. We’ve been through a five year campaign to transform our venue for future users – and we need your help to complete it.