Introducing the Footlights Theatre Group


Why should I join Footlights?

Footlights is an amateur group which owns and operates Lancaster Grand Theatre.  People join our very active group for two main reasons, either in an acting or production support role or as a front of house member to see some of the many shows.  Some do both.


Footlights (Registered Charity Number 509425) started out as a thriving amateur drama group in the 1920’s and has always taken a professional approach to its work.  It purchased the Grand Theatre in 1951 from ABC Cinemas and over the years has evolved from solely an amateur theatre group to one which now hosts a wide range of both community and professional shows, still producing its own performances. We employ a full time manager to program over 70 community and 80 professional performances each year, many of which involve nationally known names.

Acting and back stage support

Footlights currently produces four plays each year in the Grand Theatre including a traditional Christmas pantomime and a “Family production” in the June, both specifically aimed at family enjoyment.

In addition to performances in the Grand Theatre, Studio Footlights also stages productions from time to time at other smaller venues so the range of productions is very wide with the aim of staging something to appeal to every taste.  Auditions for our performances are advertised on this web site, in our monthly newsletter and on Facebook.  We are always looking for new faces and fresh ideas and talents.

Front of House Support

For those who do not want to act or do back stage work, there are numerous members who enjoy assisting the public at performances or serving refreshments in our two coffee bars

What does membership provide?

All members receive a monthly newsletter which keeps them informed of impending productions, auditions, and activities as well as more general news.  Full membership costs just £15 per year for adults and £10 for juniors and students.  We have a large membership, but with a theatre to run, a full season of plays to cast, sets to build, backstage and front-of-house staff to find etc.  Why not come and join us?   You’d be very welcome.  The benefits of joining Footlights include:

  • Receipt of personal copy of the newsletter – Footnote (by email or £6 per annum for a paper copy to cover costs)
  • Opportunities to act in performances
  • Opportunities to be part of the front of house team
  • Voting status at the AGM
  • A great place to make new friens at this thriving theatre.

Membership form

Please print out a membership form from this website (see button below) or contact the box office for a membership application form.

Our Membership Manager is David Mace who is our membership contact for new and existing members.

His e mail address is: [email protected]

Download a Membership Form

Follow us on Facebook: or on twitter: @lancfootlights

Saturday morning Coffee Bar in the Foyer

Drop in between 10.30 and 12.00 noon for tea, hot chocolate, home made cake and and Atkinson’s acclaimed coffee. Non members welcome.  Please make yourself known as a prospective new member.  You will be very welcome.

Props Hire

We have an extensive store of props and furniture ( not scenery or sets) which we are happy to loan out.

Please e-mail Carol for further details: [email protected]

Please note: we do not hire out costumes.

Upcoming Footlights shows

.A Vicar of Dibley Christmas The Second Coming

11th to 19th October

.Aladdin Family Pantomime

1st to 30th December

Hobson’s Choice

6th, 7th, 8th(matinee),12th, 13th and  14th March 2020