Introducing Footlights


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 assist with the smooth running of the performances and see the wide range of 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 and part time assistant 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

Just joining Footlights to support the theatre

Some members join but do not actually take part in the above support activities.  Their support is welcome and they are able to keep up to date with what is going on at the theatre.

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 friends 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.

New and existing members can contact our Membership Secretary via email:

Download a Membership Form

Follow us on Facebook: or on twitter: @lancfootlights

Saturday morning Coffee Bar in the Foyer

Normally, you can 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.

Note:  During the pandemic, we have reduced the number of Saturdays.  There will be coffee mornings on the following dates:

12th Feb, 5th March, 23 April, 11th June, 23 July (to match the theatre tour dates).

Contact us

New and existing members can contact our Membership Secretary via email on:

Footlights events / shows

The next play is our annual “family production” which is the classic “The Secret Garden” from 11th to 19th June.  It has been cast and rehearsals are well under way.  The next production is a halloween ghost comedy mystery “Haloween Screams followed by our Cinderella pantomime in December so keep an eye on the Auditions Section if you are interested in getting involved.