John Peel Theatre

The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton


President: Melvyn Bragg

Tickets available from:
Eastons, Wigton
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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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Timeline of the Wigton Theatre Group
  • 1952

    Wigton Theatre Club is formed

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  • January 1953

    Club’s first performance

    They performed Yes and No, in Wigton Secondary School hall.
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    Original Script from Wigton Theatre Club's first production
  • 1958

    Wigton Theatre Club moves to St Mary's Parish Rooms (later Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness)

  • 1964

    The club moves to the John Peel Theatre

    Redmayne’s bought the current theatre building from the Salvation Army, and rented it to the theatre club for a nominal fee.
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    The Salvation Mission Hall in 1911. An early picture of the building interior.
  • 1988

    Wigton Theatre Club buys The John Peel Theatre

    The land around the theatre was to be redeveloped in 1988, so the club purchased the building in order to ensure its continued use as a theatre.
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    Theatre interior after its conversion in 1964
  • 2000

    New corridor and toilets

    The theatre club refurbished the toilets and roofed over the side alleyway making and indoor route to the toilets and a much more comfortable experience for audiences.
  • January 2015

    Weekly theatre skills workshops start

    Established for young club members to attend classes to prepare them for taking part in performances. The workshop rapidly became popular and has a long waiting list.
  • February - April 2015

    Major theatre refurbishment

    Arts Council and Allerdale District Council grants (along with others - see sponsors page) enabled a major refurbishment. The removal of two rows of seats allowed for an ambitious project which reopened one of the original windows and moved the internal corridor wall back to create a welcoming bar area. A new, larger and easily accessible technical box was built. Club members also cleaned, repaired and painted all of the seats and repainted the theatre interior.
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  • May 2015

    New website launched

    Yes, this one!
  • July 2015

    Open Mic Nights start

    A regular Open Mic Night was established and quickly became popular.
  • 2016

    Exterior signage redesigned and replaced

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  • 2016

    Theatre sound system upgraded

    Thanks to a generous donation of equipment from Long Meg Band, the theatre received a complete upgrade of its sound system,enabling it to more easily cope with the increasingly technical demands of visiting bands and open mic nights.
  • February 2017

    Winners of Cumbria Life’s Culture Awards - Amateur Society of the Year

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  • October 2017

    Winners of a Marks and Spencer Energy Fund Grant

    Wigton Theatre Club won a grant of £12,000 to install solar panel to improve the comfort of the building and preserve its fabric.
  • November 2017

    Lighting system upgraded

    Thanks to a very generous grant of £2396 from Wigton Coop, the club purchased LED parcans, 2 intelligent moving heads and a new Avolites Titan One virtual lighting console.
  • December 2017

    Stage improvements

    Stage working and wing lights were upgraded and stage storage access improved with the addition of doors at the front of the stage.
  • January - February 2018

    Backstage improvements

    Work continued on improving dressing rooms, props, tools and costume storage started in 2017.
  • March 2018

    Solar panels installed

    Thanks to the M&S energy grant, the theatre can now be kept warm and dry through the coldest months and the theatre is more comfortable for members and audiences.