Chester Theatre Club is Chester’s longest running theatre. We were formed in 1944 and our present venue – The Little Theatre – was bought by the Club in 1962. We are entirely self-running and self-supporting.
Each year we mount six productions to a high standard from a wide variety of plays. We have a loyal following of Supporter Members and season ticket holders and our productions are usually sold out. We are members of the Cheshire Theatre Guild and our productions are frequently nominated and award-winning.
Whatever your experience, you are welcome to join Chester Theatre Club and get involved in a variety of activities, both on and off the stage.
The Theatre is run entirely by its members who are involved as actors, but also backstage in production teams or running technical support, such as lighting and sound. During production weeks we welcome our patrons and rely on members not directly involved in productions to assist in front of house duties as ushers, or bar and refreshment staff.
We have an experienced set-building, set-painting and prop-making team who welcome new members with a basic knowledge of woodwork and decorating. If you are interested in the technical aspect of theatre, our Technical Director will show you how to get involved in lighting and sound, not only in the main auditorium but also in our newly equipped Salisbury Studio.
Our General Committee has a regular turn-over of members who are responsible for running the different areas of the theatre. We welcome new people on board to bring fresh ideas to areas such as Publicity, House Management, Stage Direction and so on. Members can also join the Committee as general representatives.
As an experienced director, you can join our Directors’ Committee which is responsible for choosing and directing our plays each season.
Our Members and Supporters can attend our Tuesday evening activities, such as play readings, workshops, quizzes and social evenings in the licensed bar.
So whatever your experience or particular interests, there’s plenty to involve yourself in – and you can be guaranteed a warm welcome at the Little Theatre!
We offer the following facilities:-
- A raked auditorium with comfortable seating for 126 people
- An adaptable, well-equipped stage with matching technical facilities
- The Salisbury Studio on the ground floor – a well-equipped, accessible space for smaller scale and experimental performances and workshops
- A large wardrobe of costumes from all periods
- A well-equipped workshop for set-building and prop-making
- Our own licensed bar, open to all members and visitors to the Theatre
We also have a Youth Theatre Group which welcomes youngsters between the ages of 12 to 18 – see Youth Theatre Page for more details.
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