HOW TO FIND US
Moulton Theatre is situated on Cross Street in the heart of Moulton Village, Northamptonshire, near the roundabout junction with Northampton Lane North, postcode NN3 7RZ. See MAP (opens in separate window).
Parking is available in some nearby streets, although not directly in front of the building – we would request that patrons always park considerately.
Honorary President Laura Rees
Chairman David Aarons JP
Secretary Sue Harrison
Treasurer Cathy Chaplin
Vice-Chairman David J Downham MBE
Theatre Manager Gareth Aggett
Premises Licensee Max Howse
Bar Manager Mary Nash
Business Manager & Cinema Manager John Fletcher JP
Coordinator of Productions Alice Fletcher
House Manager Jan Elliot
Membership Secretary Pat Downham
LTG Representative Max Howse
Social Secretary Helen Graham
Technical Director Ray Coles
Wardrobe Manager TBA
Props Manager Mary Nash
Publicity Officer Lee Winston
It all started in February 1946…
A handful of people, all lovers of theatre, met together to form the Moulton Players. Aims were simple – to encourage people to use their dramatic talents for the entertainment of others and to provide a Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party for the village.
For many years productions were staged in the Manfield Hall – a special stage was precariously erected for each production – until in 1972 when, through the generosity of the late Sterry Ashby, one of his Long Barns at the Manor House was acquired and converted by the Players to form the Barn Theatre.
The dream of our own theatre had been realised. The number, scope and quality of our productions increased; membership increased, a Youth Group was formed and we qualified for membership to the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain. The Players had become a well known and respected drama group.
The Youth Group flourished and met weekly. Members shared their expertise with other groups and welcomed visiting members from those groups. Over 130 productions, a wide range of plays by diverse playwrights such as Shakespeare, Ayckbourn, Brecht, Miller, Rattigan, A A Milne, Coward and Shaw, as well as numerous pantomimes and musicals were presented to enthusiastic audiences.
The Barn Theatre continued to be our home until 1994 when a change in ownership of the land meant it had to close. During that time we’d staged 123 shows and sold 30,000 seats! Fears that we’d be an am-dram group with nowhere to perform were unfounded.
Our luck was in. A former Methodist Chapel in the village was up for sale. We had sufficient funds to buy this fine listed building; and we were granted planning permission to turn the chapel into a theatre. Over a ten year period the mighty challenge to raise the funding to meet the ambition of creating a new theatre was met. A team of devoted Members spent much time and energy to compliment grants awarded by national and local charitable trusts and the Players’ own fund raising activities
Moulton Theatre opened in October 2004 with a successful and joyful production of Tom Jones.