A Cultural Jewel In Beetham
The Heron Theatre
Nestled in the picturesque village of Beetham, lies a hidden cultural gem - The Heron Theatre. With its rich history and commitment to the arts, our intimate venue has been a beacon of creativity for both locals and visitors alike.
The Heron Theatre’s story begins in the early 18th century as a children’s grammar school. In 1948 a local headmaster formed an ambitious amateur drama group in Westmorland. This flourished through the years, mainly through the performance of plays together with film shows and literary events.
The theatre has since become a vital hub for the local community, serving as a platform for talented actors, musicians, dancers, and performers of all kinds. From thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies, from classical concerts to contemporary dance performances, The Heron Theatre's diverse program caters to a wide array of artistic tastes. It is not just a venue for entertainment; it is a place where creativity flourishes, ideas are exchanged, and emotions are stirred.
- House Capacity: 78 Seats
- Main Stage: 7.83m Wide x 0.58m Rake
- Live Performance & Cinema Shows
- Allen & Heath Zed 18 Sound System
- Alcora ZERO 88 x 24 Channel Lighting Desk
- Dressing Room & Washroom
- Bar & Kitchen
- Easy Car Parking
- Disability Access (One Wheelchair Seat)
- Hearing Loop Installed
A Community In Action
Beyond our impact on the arts, The Heron Theatre has also been a driving force for the local economy. It draws visitors from neighboring towns and cities, boosting tourism and foot traffic in Beetham. Visitors are not only treated to exceptional performances but also to the beauty of the village itself, surrounded by lush greenery and historical landmarks.
The Heron Theatre stands as a testament to the transformative power of the arts. For decades, it has been enriching the lives of the people of Beetham and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of the region. Its dedication to artistic expression, community involvement, and environmental consciousness makes it a true treasure not just for Beetham but for anyone who values the arts.
Following the Covid outbreak, a new state-of-the-art ventilation system was installed in 2021. This provides a continual flow of clean air throughout the whole building for the safety of visitors and performers.