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:
CAMELOT THE PANTO
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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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Achievements
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Theatre by the community, for the community
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

2016
  • Concert in February: Over £300 raised for Cumbria Flood Relief
  • Ten Open Mic Nights from February to December
  • May: Woven in Wigton
  • July: The Last Post
  • July: Helen O'Grady parents' show
  • August: Concert with Salvation & Blue Sky Illusion
  • Guest Performance of Midsummer Night's Dream by Wyldwood Theatre Company
  • We hosted a touring show: Music, Magic and Mayhem in October
  • Film show: Footprints of our Fathers on Armistice Day, 11th November
  • Pantomime in December: Aladdin
  • Over 30 youth theatre workshops
  • We completely upgraded the theatre sound system
  • We replaced our exterior signage

2015

  • Successful bid for a grant from The Arts Council
  • Grants awarded from Allerdale Council, Hadfield Trust, Community First Grants, Wigton Town Council, Neighbourhood Forum and The Cumberland News Group
  • Complete repaint of the theatre auditorium by theatre club members
  • New bar and foyer created
  • Foyer window reinstated
  • Window stonework repaired
  • Larger technical box built with improved access
  • Four plays including community play Made in Wigton
  • Two film shows
  • Established a monthly Open Mic Night
  • Panto - Mother Goose (written by the John Peel Theatre's writers' group)
  • New website launched