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 the car park at top of Barlow Lane near the Guide Hall and in some nearby streets, although not directly in front of the building – we would request that patrons always park considerately. We have one disabled space adjacent to the theatre.
Moulton Theatre is situated in the heart of Moulton Village in Northamptonshire. The building was formerly a Methodist Chapel, before being converted into a theatre in a manner sympathetic to its former purpose.
The auditorium has 58 seats downstairs, including space for one wheelchair at the end of the front row, and a further 12 seats in the balcony area. The auditorium is used on a regular basis for plays by the resident amateur theatre group, Moulton Players, as well as cinema viewings.
The Moulton Theatre bar is licensed and has seating for around forty people. This is where the club members hold their Fourth Friday events, which typically include an offering of music, poetry reading, short drama pieces, pub quizzes, musical performances etc.
Honorary President Laura Rees
Chairman Richard Varley
Secretary Sue Harrison
Treasurer Cathy Chaplin
Vice-Chairman David J Downham MBE
Theatre Manager Richard Smith
Premises Licensee Neil Brooke
Bar Manager Neil Brooke
Business Manager Gareth Aggett
Cinema Manager John Fletcher JP
Coordinator of Productions Rachel Connors
House Manager Rachel Vallance
Membership Secretary Pat Downham
LTG Representative Louise Drage
Social Secretary Helen Aggett
Technical Director Ray Coles
Publicity Officer Jacqui Coleman
Costume Coordinator Lynne Varley
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.