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:
PIRATES OF THE CURRY BEAN
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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: 1010825

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Latest News

  • Tickets are still available for our great panto ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. Don’t miss out on our Christmas cracker!
  • Our next open mic night is our fabulous Christmas Special on the 21st December. Join us for some Christmas cheer! Free admission
  • We are proud to be Cumbria Life’s Culture Awards - Amateur Society of the Year
  • We won! Thanks to everyone who voted in our bid for solar panels. The panels are now installed and are already helping to keep the theatre dry and comfortable

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 2017

  • Winners of Cumbria Life's Cultural Awards - Amateur Group of the Year
  • Regional winners of the M&S Energy Fund. Awarded £12,000 for solar panels
  • Upgraded theatre lighting with the addition of LED parcans, 2 intelligent moving heads and a new Avolites Titan One virtual lighting console thanks to a grant from Wigton Coop of £2396
  • 11 open mic nights showcasing local talent and some great new singers
  • Concert with Absolute Zero in March
  • Concert with Gage supported by Running with Scissors in July
  • Production of She can’t not be doing something as part of Play with a Poem, touring to Theatre by the Lake and Penrith, ending with a home performance in April
  • Confusions by Alan Ayckbourne with live music from the John Peel Theatre Band in June
  • Theatre Skills Workshop Showcase in July
  • First ever Shakespeare play by Wigton Theatre Club. Romeo and Juliet played to sell out audiences in August
  • Dubbed by audiences as our ‘best panto yet’, Camelot the Pantomime played to packed audiences for 8 shows
  • Visiting shows from the ever popular Cockermouth group Wyldwood, with their new show Revolution and professional company La’al Marra Productions with Soaked, which was a sell out success
  • Halloween film night of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with fish and chips and fancy dress
Theatre by the community, for the community