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:

Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2021, Tell Me On A Sunday, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
Kayleigh Atkinson
Stage Manager
2021, Table Manners/Round and Round the Garden, Stage Manager
McGrigor Hall
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2021, Table Manners, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2021, Round And Round The Garden, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
Luke Lane
Actor
2021, Guilty Secret, Lennie
Frinton Summer Theatre
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2021, Guilty Secret, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
Kayleigh Atkinson
Stage Manager
2021, Dear Lupin, Stage Manager
McGrigor hall
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2021, Dear Lupin, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2021, Abigail's Party, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
James Mace
Actor
2020, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Stanley
Frinton Summer Theatre
2019, Wait Until Dark, Mike
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Wait Until Dark, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2019, Wait Until Dark, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
2019, Wait Until Dark, Suzy Henderson
Frinton Summer Theatre
2019, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Red
Nell Thomas
Creative Producer
2019, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Assistant Stage Manager
McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged!!), Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Melissa Berry
Stage Manager
2019, Stepping Out, Stage Manager
The McGrigor Hall
Neil Gordon
Costume Designer
2019, Stepping Out, Costume Designer
Frinton Summer Theatre
2019, Stepping Out, Lynne

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