Our vibrant 113-seat theatre was established in 1938 on its present site which was converted from an old Victorian bakery.
We present a full-length play every month (apart from August when our youth group puts on its own show) and an ‘In The Bar’ show every couple of months.
Our main stage shows run over eight nights starting on a Friday (with no performance on Sunday). Our ‘In The Bar’ productions run over five consecutive nights from Wednesday to Sunday. Our purpose is to present outstanding theatre for everyone – from the best of contemporary dramas, comedies, thrillers, farces, musical productions as well as the classics.
Occasionally we present new plays which our audiences may not normally have the opportunity to see. ln recent years, we have given a number of plays their premiere production in the UK. We are always keen to attract new members to take part in productions and BLT offers a wide-range of opportunities for acting, costume, lighting & sound design / operation as well as set-design and construction.
Our wonderful theatre has undergone many improvements over the past decade in order to create a more comfortable and enjoyable venue for everyone. These include the installation of a lift for those who find the stairs difficult to manage, improved heating and air conditioning in the auditorium which makes our summer productions more comfortable.
We have now started on a major re-develop programme for our theatre building and are working with a firm of specialist architects on a feasibility plan to significantly re-configure the existing layout to make the space work better and provide us with more flexibility. This work will be phased over several years to ensure we don’t overstretch ourselves financially, or disrupt too many of our activities.
This is hugely important for BLT and means we can stay in our home for many years to come for the enjoyment of current and future generations of people who love our theatre.