John Peel Theatre

The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton


President: Melvyn Bragg

Tickets available from:
Eastons, Wigton
Online from


Our Next Production:


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: 1178881

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Latest News

  • The seats are back! Our auditorium is looking brilliant! Come and see it for yourself at one of our upcoming events…
  • Don't miss Scrooge: The Panto! Tickets are already available via TicketSource. Please note, we have had to change the dates of the pantomime from those previously advertised
  • See upcoming productions page for details
  • Join us for our Christmas Special open mic night on 20th December, in our newly refurbished auditorium!

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 such as Remembering. Please consider leaving a donation in the box in the foyer- help us keep the lights on and pay our many bills!

Not visited us for a while? Come and enjoy our newly updated bar and expanded range of drinks.

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The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton …

  • is the home of Wigton Theatre Club, entertaining the people of Wigton with live shows for over sixty 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 2018

  • New solar panels installed
  • 10 Open Mic nights
  • Second Shakespeare play performed with a cast of 34 - The Tempest
  • Rock concert with Gage in July
  • Visit from Peter MacQueen with a sell-out performance of The Professor of Adventure
  • Awarded a substantial grant from Allerdale to upgrade the theatre’s doors. This work is still in progress
  • Remembering. Commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI in November with a programme of music and readings, with contributions from members of the Wigton community
  • Continued to run theatre skills classes with new recruits
  • Ran a range of play readings and social events for members
  • Welcomed several new adult recruits over the year
  • Significantly improved the wings of the stage
  • Revamped the foyer, corridor and bar areas (including a wider choice of drinks)
Theatre by the community, for the community