John Peel Theatre

The Little Theatre at the Heart of Wigton

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President: Melvyn Bragg


Tickets available from:
Eastons, Wigton
Online from

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Our Next Production:
THE GREAT BRITISH BUMP OFF
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2017 WINNER

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

  • Please read our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) below. Dates of planned shows may be subject to change.
  • All productions and Open Mic Nights are cancelled until further notice but please visit our Facebook page
  • Join us for our Virtual Open Mic- fancy taking part?
  • Just post a selfie video on the Facebook page

Response to COVID-19

We are no longer meeting to rehearse, but essential work is still going on and we are maintaining the building by keeping heaters on for a short time each day. We are also working on scripts, including the panto.

Please keep checking in on this page as we will post updates whenever anything changes.

Stay safe and well!


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 2019

  • Roof repaired
  • Grant money raised to refurbish auditorium seating
  • Rock concert with Gage in July
  • Second visit from Peter MacQueen with a performance of Old Herbaceous
  • Breakthrough in our research about the memorial stone
  • Third Shakespeare play performed with a cast of 20 - Macbeth
  • Extra performance of Macbeth by request of Trinity School
  • Started work on a small wildlife garden at the back of the theatre
  • Raised money for drum-kit for the theatre
  • New doors installed
  • All auditorium seating refurbished
  • New flooring in the corridor and auditorium
  • Our most ambitious pantomime set yet and a cast of 32
  • Special feature about the theatre on Border Lookaround
Theatre by the community, for the community