About Wokingham Theatre
The object of the Society is to promote the enjoyment of all aspects of Theatre in Wokingham and district, and provide facilities for its Members to participate in such activities. This will include, subject to demand, a Youth Theatre section.
Wokingham Theatre is a thriving amateur repertory group presenting 8 major productions a year alongside Youth Theatre productions, short runs of less well known plays, evenings of new writing, and a wide range of theatrical skills training. We also make our auditorium available to others for work as varied as hair-dressing training and Brass Band performance. The group was founded in 1947, is a registered charity and our purpose has always been to promote the enjoyment of theatre in Wokingham. The theatre is staffed entirely by volunteers who give their time and skills to support all aspects of our operation. The theatre is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the membership by democratic vote each year.
The 8 ‘main’ shows are in a season that runs from mid-September through to the end of July. Each show normally runs for nine nights, opening on Thursday and running to the following Saturday.
We have around 250 members. Some are very active both ‘on the boards’ and in backstage and technical roles but we are also very dependent on a significant body of the membership who help out from time to time with a host of unsung tasks behind the scenes. For each night of each show we need a front of house manager together with a staff of at least six to run the various FOH duties including bar, coffees, programme, sweets and of course box office – that’s an extra 60-80 people for every show.
That is in addition to those actually involved on and around the stage and in technical duties. These include the lighting and sound operators, properties, a team to look after wardrobe as well as stage management and production management. To produce our sets we have a hard working team who regularly work during the day each Tuesday and Thursday (they are most of them retired!). At other times you will find members rehearsing, working on lighting or sound, looking after our wardrobe or perhaps checking stock ready for the next production.
Then there is publicity, producing and printing programmes, producing and printing our monthly newsletter ‘Prompt’ – and so it goes on.
If you would like to join the Theatre and lend a hand, whatever your talents may be we can use them!
For details of membership please see the section on Membership.
We are a Registered Charity and also a Limited Company. The operation of Wokingham Theatre is governed by our Memorandum and Articles of Association
Wokingham Theatre is a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and also the Little Theatre Guild (LTG). They are also members of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT).