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Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City

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    • Qype User msjblo…
    • Hatfield, Hertfordshire
    • 3 friends
    • 55 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    As amateur dramatics go the barn theatre does turn out some pretty ok productions. Of all of the local theatre companies this is the best of the bunch, they do seem to have more local talent and invest more time and money into putting on a show. I have over the years seen some above average productions, mostly the usual musical type things but they also do some drama too which is nice to see.

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A thriving non-professional theatre company in Welwyn Garden City, staging 10 full productions a year in a modern auditorium within a 17th century barn.

History

Established in 1969.

On 1 October 1969, the new Barn Theatre Club opened its first season with a production of the musical show by Frank Norman, 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be'.  A further six productions were staged by the Club in the season.

In 1981 a second company, the Barn Theatre Trust Limited, was set up as a Registered Charity, to be responsible for maintaining the building, and for staging the productions put on by Club members.  Because a massive rent increase was expected soon, on renewal of the first 21 year lease, it was agreed to try to purchase the freehold of the building.  After long negotiations, the Trust completed the purchase in 1984, following a major fund-raising campaign, so finally achieving the goal of an amateur theatre in the town, owned and controlled by its members.

A wide range of plays continues to he presented at the Barn Theatre along with a variety of dramatic and social events. It regularly enters local and national drama festivals, in which it has won many awards.