John Peel Theatre

The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton


Folk at The John Peel
John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

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8th December

Taking its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. John peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, and the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs.

Our Next Production:
Panto - Robin Hood

Tickets available online

Book now
or by phoning 07977 835094

President: Melvyn Bragg



Our Facilities:

Proscenium arch theatre

90 raked seats

Wheelchair access

Induction loop

Licensed bar

Real coffee

Ice cream & snacks


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Latest News

  • Don't miss our next fabulous Folk at the John Peel concert. Tickets are selling fast! Don't miss your chance to see the fantastic John Kirkpatrick at the John Peel theatre. Please see our Upcoming Productions page for tickets.
  • Our next open mic night in the theatre is on the 16th December. Due to technical issues we have had to change the date. Please note that this is a Saturday for this month only! All are welcome but please book a free ticket. See our Upcoming Productions page for details and to book tickets.
  • Panto season is almost upon us. We may do our panto a little later in the year, but tickets are already on sale and rehearsals are just about to start! Will you be joining us for Robin Hood?
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Entertaining Wigton
for 70 Years
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. Please consider leaving a donation using the link below or in the box in the foyer. Help us keep the lights on and pay our many bills!
The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton …

  • is the home of Wigton Theatre Club, entertaining the people of Wigton with live shows for seventy 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 2022

  • Hosted our best-attended panto to date, having moved it to a new slot in February half term
  • Raised grant and crowdfunded money to begin installing solar batteries before winter to combat the fuel crisis
  • Expanded our Open Mic Nights so that the Virtual Open Mic Night has its own slot on the second Friday of alternate months
  • First set of solar batteries installed
  • New balcony added to the stage
Theatre by the community, for the community