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The Castle Theatre is located in Wellingboroughmarker, Northamptonshiremarker, Englandmarker. The theatre's main house can hold up to 503 people and hosts many productions through the year. The Castle was opened in 1995 as a community resource organisation on the site of Wellingborough's old cattle market. Its facilities include a Main House with 503 variable seats, an 89-seat studio theatre, dance and rehearsal space), a youth theatre studio for rehearsals and workshops, an Artist Residency space, a small art room, an art gallery and separate exhibition space, a meeting room and lounge space, and a bar-restaurant.Spaces are also available for business meetings and functions, wedding receptions, lectures, conferences, Christmas parties, dinners, talks, workshops, classes, and seminars,

Programming is a balanced mix of amateur and professional work as well as a home-produced professional Christmas show and a summer community production.

Artistic Directors

Former and present Artistic Directors.

  • 1994-1998 Dominic Barber (deceased)
  • 1999-2001 Daniel Austin (now the Director, joint Executive and Artistic, at the Jersey Arts Centre]
  • 2001-2004 David Bown (Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre)
  • 2004-2007 Bart Lee (now Artistic Director at Blackeyed Theatre, Bracknell)
  • 2007-2008 Karl Wallace (appointed to National Folk Theatre of Ireland)
  • 2009- Nik Ashton (Current director)

From 2006 to Mid 2007 an Associate Director Post was created and was held by Simon Godwin (Former Associate Director at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton - now Freelance Director).

Friends of The Castle

The Castle has an active 'Friends' scheme with a membership consisting of over 1,200 theatre enthusiasts and supporters. The volunteer committee organise events and fundraisers to help raise funds for The Castle, having donated over £150,000 since their inception. The Friends of the Castle are a separately constituted organisation with three representatives who sit on the Board of Management of the Castle. The Friends fundraising for The Castle has funded and helped fund projects including the development of the Dominic Barber Dance Studio and the funding of the Technical Internship Scheme.

Board of Management

The theatre is managed by three representatives from the Borough Council of Wellingborough, three from the Friends of The Castle, and 12 other members. Board meetings are regularly attended by a representative from Arts Council England.



Each year, since opening, The Castle has traditionally staged its own in-house Christmas Production. these include:

  • Christmas Cat And The Pudding Pirates (1995)
  • The Adventures Of Mr Toad (1996)
  • The Gingerbread Man (1997)
  • When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney (1998)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1999)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2000)
  • The Snow Queen (2001)
  • The Emperors New Clothes (2002)
  • The Ideal Gnome Expedition (2003)
  • Big Bad Wolf (Dec 2004)
  • A Christmas Carol (Dec 2005 - Jan 2006)
  • The Princess and the Pea (Dec 2006)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Nov-Dec 2007)
  • Alice in Wonderland (Dec 2008)
  • The Jungle Book (Dec 2009)

The Castle Community Theatre
Each year in the summer The Castle stages a show for local people by local people. Past community shows at The Castle have included Annie (1995), Oliver,Our Country's Good, Treasure Island (1999), 12 Angry Men (2000), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2006), The Pied Piper (2007), The Emperor's new clothes (2008), and Whistle Down The Wind (2009.)

The Youth Theatre
The Castle's Youth Theatre was formed in April 1999 by Daniel Austin who was the Artistic Director between April 1999 and June 2001. The groups were named Youth Theatre and The People. The Castle's Youth Theatre was restarted in September 2006 with all classes being called Castle Youth Theatre (then age group). Castle Youth groups are aged from 7 - 19 and producing an increasing number of shows. The company has produced a New Connections play The Book of Everything, and performed the show on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in London as part of the New Connections Festival in July 2008.

2008 CYT productions:
  • The Book of Everything (New Connections 2008)
  • Mr Gumpey's Outing
  • The Remarkable Rocket
  • Under the Hood
  • The Hunting of the Snark
  • Birthdays
  • On the way home.....
  • Charlie Cook's favorite book
  • The Selfish Giant
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • No Time to Talk
  • Youth Music musicals

2007 CYT productions:
  • The Hare and the Tortoise
  • DeoxyriboNucleic Acid
  • The Black Remote
  • The Flour Babies
  • Johnny and the Dead
  • Adventures in Wonderland
  • HUBBUB (new)

Other Productions:
  • Spring Awakening (September 1999);
  • The Ghosts Dinner (September 1999);
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories (March 2000);
  • Road (September 2000);
  • The Good Woman of Setzuan (April 2001);
  • Bill's new frock (September 2001);
  • The Jungle Book (January 2006)


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