The Playhouse Theatre, Preston

Great amateur theatre, right in the heart of Preston

PRESTON PLAYHOUSE invites you to the

NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAY

 

11th September 2016
10am to 4pm

 

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The Playhouse opens its doors to the public once again, in 2016, as part of Heritage Open Days - England's biggest heritage festival.

 

Members of the public, friends and patrons are cordially invited to visit us and take a look 'behind the scenes'.

 

Members will be on hand to give you a short guided tour. Refreshments will be available.

 

About the theatre

The building that now houses The Playhouse in Market Street West was built as a Friends Meeting House (Quakers) in 1847, later becoming Columba's dance hall in the 1920's and 30's. In 1939 it was requisitioned for the war effort, being used as part of the Army records organisation for the duration.

 

In 1946 Preston Drama Club bought the premises for £5000 and over the next 3 years converted it into a theatre. In October 1949 The Playhouse opened with a gala performance of Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey, performed by Preston Drama Club in the presence of the Mayor and civic dignitaries.

 

Now entering its 67th year, the theatre continues to be a centre of dramatic art in the city and Preston Drama Club have been joined by The Broughton Players, The Grimsargh Players, The Preston Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Preston Musical Comedy Society, to provide a wide and varied programme of entertainment each season.

 

The theatre is now run as a charity and is financially self-sufficient because all the staffing and maintenance is carried out by volunteers.