Frinton Summer Theatre

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Frinton Summer Theatre was launched in 1937 and was only halted for a period during World War II.

Started by a Cambridge academic, it has been the launchpad for many acting, stage management and design careers and today is believed to be the longest surviving professional summer repertory theatre in the UK.

In typical repertory theatre, the company would present a series of different plays either weekly or fortnightly which they would have been rehearsing concurrently; a challenging and exhausting job that for generations of actors was their apprenticeship in theatre.

In Frinton’s case, seven plays, from comedy to drama, thrillers and musical theatre, are performed Tuesday to Saturday for seven weeks from mid July to the end of August each year.

The organisation of the series – which takes place at Frinton’s McGrigor Hall – saw British actor Jack Watling at the helm for several years. Following Jack’s reign, the season was taken over by his son, Giles Watling (of Bread, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Upstairs, Downstairs fame), and son-in-law Seymour Matthews.

As Connaught Productions, Edward Max introduced new writers to the season and is currently the artistic director, with the 2013 and 2014 seasons produced by mtp.

Famous faces who have appeared as part of Frinton Summer Theatre include Timothy West, Vanessa Redgrave, Linda Bellingham, Gary Oldman and Jane Asher.

Production shots from the 2013 season displayed throughout this website are courtesy of Dominic Clemence.


Connected mandy members:

James Mace
James Mace
Actor
2020, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Stanley
Frinton Summer Theatre
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Wait Until Dark, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Eleanor Jackson
2019, Wait Until Dark, Suzy Henderson
Frinton Summer Theatre
William Meredith
2019, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Red
Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas
Creative Producer
2019, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Assistant Stage Manager
McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged!!), Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Stepping Out, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Kate Chambers
2019, Stepping Out, Lynne
Sarah Lambie
Sarah Lambie
Actor
2019, Stepping Out, Vera
Frinton Summer Theatre
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2019, Stepping Out, Set Designer
Mcgrigor Hall
Hayley-Marie Axe
2019, Stepping Out, Andy
Frinton Summer Theatre
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, One For The Road, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas
Creative Producer
2019, Me and My Girl, Wardrobe Assistant
Frinton Summer Theatre
Delycia Belgrave
2019, Me & My Girl, Ensemble
Big Top Tent - Frinton Esplanade
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2019, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Set Designer
Mcgrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Black Chiffon, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2019, Black Chiffon, Set Designer
Mcgrigor Hall
Rachel Heaton
2018, The Odd Couple, Cecily Pigeon
McGrigor Hall

Frinton Summer Theatre Jobs

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