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The Heron Theatre - Founded 1948 - Registered Charity No. 501134
Formerly South Westmorland Stage and Screen Society

The Heron Theatre is a listed building which was formerly the local 18th century two-room Grammar School in Beetham. Located just off the A6, between Carnforth and Milnthorpe, on the southern fringes of the Lake District, the theatre has comfortable raked seating for 80, with the Box Office and Bar located in the pleasant foyer and exhibition area

We trace our origins to 1948, when a local headmaster formed an ambitious amateur drama group in South Westmorland. This flourished through the years, mainly through the performance of plays, together with film shows and literary events.

From 1966 the Society developed its former rehearsal and storage space at the old school and in 1985 was able to purchase the freehold. With the help of a substantial grant from the Lottery, the facilities were improved and the building developed to provide today’s compact and attractive theatre.

The Heron Theatre is a registered charity and is administered by an elected management committee, who are the trustees. All management, administration and technical work is carried out by an interested group of volunteers.

We are always pleased to welcome offers of help in any of the many areas of the work of the theatre, in the publicising, preparation and presenting of events. Anyone with appropriate interest and skills is invited to contact our Chair - Jenny Marks. Tel: 015395 62559 or

We now produce a regular programme of drama, performed by professional artists and our associate amateur group, theCompany, complemented by monthly films and musical events, from September to May.

Heron Membership is open to all and provides the opportunity of advance and discounted booking, together with regular newsletters, concerning forthcoming events. See Membership for further details.


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the HERON theatre · Stanley Street · Beetham · Milnthorpe · Cumbria LA7 7AS
Registered Charity No.501134 . .

To call the BOX OFFICE telephone 015395 64283
To hire the theatre for meetings, lectures and local events telephone 015395 60754

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