Playhouse Theatre, 30 Park St
Yorkshire and Humberside
The Wombwell Thespians was set up in 1926 to bring theatre to the people of Wombwell and to provide entertainment to local audiences. Today the Society is still doing just that.Like the Windmill Theatre, the Thespians continued to put on plays throughout World War II. This wasn’t without a few problems. Plays were often cast and rehearsals started when some of the men were called up for the forces. This would put the play back to the casting stage. However, performance dates were fixed to coincide with a full moon so that audiences were able to see their way home in the blackout.
The Society has staged plays at several venues in Wombwell, including the old Parish Hall, the Baths Hall, the Empire Theatre and Wombwell High School.
In 1969 a former chapel on Park Street was bought for the Society by a local businessman, Mr. P.J. Burke, for the princely sum of £800. Between 1969 and 1973 members of the group and their friends, with the help of many other local people, converted the building into a theatre. The old pews were used to build the stage and the proscenium arch and seats were purchased from the Civic Hall in Barnsley, when it was renovated. The seats later were replaced by ones from the Globe Theatre when it closed.
The Playhouse Theatre opened in 1973 and the first play was “Spring and Port Wine.” The Thespians look on the theatre as “home” and consider themselves lucky to have their own premises.
Type: Full length plays in all genres
Age Range: Minimum age 18
Rehearsals: Usual rehearsals are on Tuesdays – 7.30 – 9.30
Location: Playhouse Theatre, Park Street
Town: Wombwell, Barnsley
County: South Yorkshire
Region: North East
Contact: Secretary: Mrs C Parker: 01226 206794
Email: membership [at] wombwellthespians [dot] org [dot] uk