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:

Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Private Peaceful, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Emily Tucker
Emily Tucker
Actor
2018, Our Man in Havana, Milly/Beatrice
Frinton
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Our Man In Havana, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2018, Love Virtually, Set Designer
McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Love Virtually, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Pip Thurlow
Pip Thurlow
Lighting Designer
2018, Frinton Summer Theatre 2018 Season, Lighting Designer & Technical Operator
McGrigor Hall Frinton on Sea
Clare Reilly
Clare Reilly
Actor
2018, Fiddler on the Roof, Shaindel/Clarinettist
Big Top on the Greensward
Eleanor Toms
Eleanor Toms
Actor
2018, Fiddler on the Roof, Tzeitel
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2018, Fiddler on the Roof, Set Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre Big Top
Laurie Denman
2018, Fiddler on the Roof, Motel Kamzoil
Frinton-On-Sea Big Top
Micaëla Corcoran
Micaëla Corcoran
Stage Manager
2018, Fiddler on the Roof, Stage Manager
Neil Gordon
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2018, Driving Miss Daisy, Costume Designer
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Driving Miss Daisy, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Owen Findlay
Owen Findlay
Actor
2018, Deathtrap, Clifford Anderson
Frinton Summer Theatre
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2018, Deathtrap, Set Designer
McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Deathtrap, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Julia Parlato
2018, Boeing Boeing, Gabriella
Frinton Summer Theatre
Beth Colley
Beth Colley
Set Designer
2018, Boeing Boeing, Set Designer
McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2018, Boeing Boeing, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Hannah Brackstone-Brown
2018, Boeing Boeing, Gretchen
McGrigor Hall

Frinton Summer Theatre Jobs

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