Commemorating our re-opening in 1996
Amanda Rogers and Chas Riddell in a scene from Our Country's Good
Brampton Little Theatre has been running for over 50 years. It started life as the Astra cinema - the hub of the social life for the RAF Station after the war. It later became a theatre as well, attracting civilian as well as RAF members. Many actors who have trodden the boards here have gone on to become celebrated performers. Pam Ayres and Clive Mantle were keen members many years ago and we often see some familiar faces appearing on the television and in films. In fact, our current chairman, Derrick Scothern has appeared as John Hurt's double in most of the Harry Potter films.
Over the years, Brampton Theatre has won many awards from RAFTA (the RAF Theatrical Association), including Best Play, Best Actor, Best Actress and so on. These RAF ‘Oscars’ are awarded annually, and in 2010 Brampton won ‘Best Production’ for a play called Our Country’s Good, which was about the first convicts to be transported to the new colony of Australia. Over the years, all kinds of plays and musicals have been performed, from the very serious to the very frivolous. The theatre bar is adorned with countless posters of past productions including Arsenic and Old Lace, The Boyfriend, Hay Fever, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, Dangerous Liaisons, Present Laughter and many, many more.
The two incumbent groups that use the theatre regularly are Brampton Park Theatre Company and Brampton Choral Society. Some recent past productions include Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Present Laughter by Noel Coward, Beyond Reasonable Doubt by Jeffrey Archer, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesslinger and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, all to sell-out audiences.
There are many roles that need enthusiastic, willing volunteers. As well as directors and actors we are always looking out for people who can help with sound, lighting, costumes, props, set building, running the bar, running the box office, working as Front of House on performance nights or generally giving us lots of moral support. You will be welcomed with open arms - just contact us through the Contact Us page and we'll let you know when we're next meeting.