Weston Super Mare Playhouse

  • About
    By 1946 the Market was no longer used and it was decided to convert the building into a 500 seat theatre. Hessian drapes disguised the walls and a false ceiling was fitted. It became 'The Playhouse' and was Weston's second theatre after the popular Knightstone Pavilion.

    In the early 1960s, the theatre underwent a refit and the hessian drapes were replaced with panelled walls and a new ceiling.
    All tastes in entertainment were catered for, from ballet and classical music, to drama, farce, comedy and one-man shows.

    The Playhouse has seen many major stars in its time - Frankie Howard, Ken Dodd, Bob Monkhouse, Leslie Crowther, Brian Rix, Dickie Henderson, Terry Scott, Richard Todd, Peter Graves, Cecily Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert.
    Fire broke out at the Playhouse on the night of Friday 21 August 1964.
    It destroyed all but the front and side walls, both of which were unsafe and had to be subsequently demolished. Tenants from the homes lost all their possessions.
    The Playhouse was re-opened in 1969. The final cost was £230,000.

    For the first time Weston had a theatre that could easily stage a wide variety of productions, from ballet and music to opera and drama.

    The stage is 59' x 28' and the cleverly designed orchestra pit may be covered to form an apron stage or floored over at stalls level for additional seating. The auditorium seats 658.

    The decorative panels on the frontage were the conception of London sculptor, William Mitchell who also commissioned work for Liverpool Cathedral. The first production was Let Sleeping Wives Lie starring Brian Rix.
  • Built in
    1946
  • Capacity
    658
  • Address
    High Street
    Weston Super Mare
    Somerset
    BS23 1HP
  • Booking Contact
    01934 645544
  • Website

Members of Mandy who have worked for Weston Super Mare Playhouse