Part of the
Wells Maltings Project
Registered Charity no. 1139767
The history of theatre in Wells-next-the-sea dates back to Georgian times when the Fisher Theatre was situated in Theatre Road, just a short distance from the Granary Theatre. David Fisher built his theatre as one of a circuit of small playhouses across East Anglia for his company of actors to bring live theatre to remote towns and villages. We like to think that at the Granary we are keeping that tradition alive here in Wells.
The present Granary Theatre was developed as part of “The Wells Centre” an arts centre situated in the Maltings and Sackhouse buildings, in 1975. When it closed in 1990 the theatre remained dark for the next four years until, through the foresight and tenacity of three members of the Wells Community Association - Helen Flanagan (whose dream it was to re-kindle the tradition of theatre in Wells), Pat Bannister and Janet MacNab - it was re-furbished and in 1994 plays and concerts became a regular feature of life in Wells once more.
For the last 15 years the Wells Community Association (the present lessees of the Maltings Complex) has managed the 69 seat theatre with great success and events are put on by an active "Friends of the Granary" association. The hard-working Friends man the newly painted and very reasonably priced bar and front of the house arrangements at performances.
The theatre welcomes professional theatre companies, individual performance artists and musicians from many parts of the British Isles and is also the home of The Granary Players, Screen-next-the-sea, who put on professionally screened films twice a month and Liz Dark’s Wells Performing Arts, giving training in all aspects of theatre arts to children and young people from 4 to 18 years in her popular weekly classes.
If anyone reading this wishes to have more details of the Granary Theatre or would like to become a Friend of the Granary, or would like to use the theatre to stage their own production or event please email Pat and the necessary enquiries etc. will be made on your behalf.
Membership of the Friends costs £10 per year or £25 for life. This entitles you to £1 off two tickets for any event promoted by the Friends of the Granary. You will also receive a regular newsletter with programme updates.
Cheques, made payable to the Friends of The Granary should be sent with your name, address and postcode to:
Friends of the Granary, Rowans, Warham Road, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, NR23 1NE.
The Maltings and Granary Theatre are all part of the proposed Maltings Project which will involve many new and improved facilities. The Theatre has recently undergone some renovations, with the walls repainted, new seating, an enhanced sound system, brighter lighting and both the bar and foyer made much more welcoming. Do come and see for yourself!