Community Partner

Abbey Theatre.

Built and run entirely by members, we’re all about providing high-quality, affordable theatre to the local community. We’ve been delighting audiences for nearly fifty years, mostly through the work of our resident production company, the widely-acclaimed Company of Ten.

The Theatre also welcomes visiting professional and amateur groups, which helps provide a truly diverse programme of events throughout the year. So whether your taste is for comedy or tragedy, classics or rarities, costume-drama or modern dress, our season should have something for you.

We have two performance spaces. The Main Stage is a traditional proscenium arch theatre, which seats 230. That’s where you’ll find most of our productions, particularly those chosen with popular tastes in mind. The seating plan is as follows:

Our other venue is the Studio, which seats about 75 people and is generally used for more challenging, even experimental, theatre. Seating in the Studio is unallocated.

The Theatre’s foundation stone was laid by the actor Sir Michael Redgrave in 1967, and when the theatre was completed in 1968 it was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. (That first performance was The Recruiting Officer, and Her Majesty enjoyed it from the comfort of seat C9.) Our current patron is Mike Newell, the BAFTA-winning director of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The Theatre has been a member of the Little Theatre Guild since 1981.

Although we’re a charity, and volunteer-run, we aim to ensure that everything we do meets the highest professional standards.

Come along to a production, and see what you think.

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