The Apollo Theatre is a member of the Little Theatres Guild of Great Britain (LTG). The building was originally a tiny Methodist chapel in Newport, Isle of Wight, which was bought in 1970 and converted by a team of dedicated volunteers under the inspired leadership of John Hancock, whose idea the whole thing was and without whose commitment and enthusiasm we wouldn’t be what we are now – the Island’s premier little theatre. The first productions were put on the Apollo stage in 1972 – and what a long way we’ve come since then!
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Every year we put on a season of seven shows plus ‘one-off’ productions such as ‘music halls’, Christmas shows, new plays by visiting and local dramatists, concerts and so on. The Arts Manager is elected in November and decides the season, so that when the season starts the following September everything’s in place; we try to include a whole range of theatrical styles and types of production, from Ibsen to farce, from Shakespeare to ‘Gypsy’ and everything in between. Having our own theatre gives us the freedom to balance ‘difficult’ plays with more popular ones, meaning that a typical season could include Pinter and Sondheim, or ‘The Boy Friend’ and ‘The Cherry Orchard’.
High points in the Apollo’s history include visits from Prince Edward, Ralph Fiennes and from Island boy Anthony Minghella, one of our patrons, and the purchase of the building next door to build a bar and rehearsal space and help house our ever-expanding collection of props. We are constantly investing in the building and its facilities, so that we have state-of-the-art lighting and sound and a tiny but comfortable auditorium (with seats originally saved from Shanklin cinema!).
We’re always looking to improve the experience of our audiences. If you’d like to make any comments on any aspect of your visit to our theatre, do please get in touch. You can contact us by email at [email protected], download our ‘audience response’ form, fill it in and send it back to us, or pick up a copy of the form in the theatre.
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