Introducing the Footlights Theatre Group


Footlights (Registered Charity Number 509425) is a thriving amateur drama group which takes a professional approach to its work.  We first started performing in the 1920’s and purchased the Grand Theatre in 1951 from ABC Cinemas.  Ever since that time, it has been a careful balance of time and effort between theatrical productions, and the continuous work involved in running, maintaining and restoring our historic building. We employ a full time manager to program between 70 and 80 professional lets each year, many of which involve nationally known names.  Footlights itself 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 the Footlights performances at the Grand, Studio Footlights stages studio 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.

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. we are always looking for new faces and fresh ideas and talents.   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)
  • Voting status at the AGM
  • Great social life of this thriving theatre.

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

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Our Membership Managers are Joanne McCartney (who manages the database) and Laura Cowper who is our membership contact for new and existing members.

Laura’s phone number is 07494819202 or email 

Download a Membership Form

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.

New members

We have a “new members welcome” morning on the first Saturday of each month, Laura or another Board member will be happy to meet you, show you round and introduce you to other members – please make yourselves known.

Props Hire

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

Please call Carol on 01524 734381 for further details

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Upcoming Footlights shows


13th ,14th ,18th ,19th and 20th October.  A play by Bram Stoker adapted by Jane Thornton and John Godber

Robin Hood Pantomime

A traditional family pantomime with all the usual comedy, dancing, singing and joining in.

There are 19 performances throughout December.