John Peel Theatre

The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton

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President: Melvyn Bragg


Tickets available from:
Eastons, Wigton
Online from

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Our Next Production:
THE GREAT BRITISH BUMP OFF
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2017 WINNER

Our Facilities:

Proscenium arch theatre

90 raked seats

Wheelchair access

Induction loop

Licensed bar

Real coffee

Ice cream & snacks

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Registered Charity No: 1178881

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Latest News

  • Join us for our next Virtual Open Mic night on 7th May 2021. The Dropbox link is already open for video submissions - see our Facebook page for the link.
  • Light at the end of the tunnel!
  • We'll open again with an Open Mic Night on the 2nd July
  • and a mini festival and murder mystery at the end of July.

Response to COVID-19

We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Unless the national situation changes drastically, the John Peel Theatre will open again with Open Mic on 2nd July and a mini festival at the end of July. The details are being planned, but we intend to put on a free concert, talks and workshops, a murder mystery, and as much fun as we can!

When we are able to welcome you all back, you will see some big changes: sleek new toilets, with taps, hand sanitisers and soap dispensers all touch free, and arrangements for seating and circulation to comply with government guidelines.

Our open mic nights are very much alive and well - running virtually via Zoom. You can find details on how to take part on our
Facebook page and recordings of our previous events are now available in our video gallery.

Please keep checking in on this page as we will post updates whenever anything changes.

Stay safe and well!


Wigton Theatre Club is a charity run entirely by volunteers. We own the John Peel Theatre which is our much loved home, but as an old building it is expensive to run and maintain. We rely entirely on ticket sales and refreshment sales for our income, but we put on free Open Mic Nights almost every month, and the odd free show such as Remembering. Please consider leaving a donation in the box in the foyer- help us keep the lights on and pay our many bills!

Not visited us for a while? Come and enjoy our newly updated bar and expanded range of drinks.

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The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton …

  • is the home of Wigton Theatre Club, entertaining the people of Wigton with live shows for over sixty years

  • is fast gaining a reputation for putting on quality shows which are different from the run of the mill

  • is a perfect small theatre, with licensed bar, comfortable raked seating, real coffee, ice-cream, and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere

  • is often called the friendliest theatre in Cumbria
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What we achieved in 2020

  • Toilets completely refitted
  • Hearing loop restored and extended
  • Sound stage created
  • Back-stage monitor system upgraded and extended
  • New LED Moving Head Lights installed
  • Ran very successful Virtual Open Mic Nights during the lockdown period
  • Recorded the theatre's first Mummers' Play using Zoom for both rehearsals and recording
  • Regular Virtual Open Mic Night attendees recorded a version of The Fairytale of New York which has had over 7000 views
Theatre by the community, for the community