LANE THEATRE, NEWQUAYNewquay's Only Live Theatre
Newquay Amateur Dramatic Society was founded in May 1931. We are a Registered Charity No. 280786.
In 1980 the Society acquired the Lane Village Hall and then began the process of transforming an almost derelict building into the excellent venue we enjoy today. We have been presenting plays continually since that date. Facilities include a 138 seat auditorium, free parking and disabled access.
In 1999 we secured a substantial Arts Council (National Lottery) grant which enabled us to carry out major improvements for the comfort of both our audiences and actors. The refurbished building was opened by our Honorary Patron, Phillip Schofield on 3rd September 2000.
Eric Chappell writer of such classics as Rising Damp, Duty Free & Only When I Laugh was holidaying in Cornwall when he learned that we were performing one of his plays. He came to see it unannounced and was so delighted with the standard of the production that he has since asked that we stage two world premieres of new plays which have subsequently been published by Samuel French Ltd.
Recently we had the pleasure of the company of Louise Roche at our production of her play ‘Checkout Girls’ directed by Susie Bundy.
Louise was also impressed with the high standard of the production and has joined Phillip and Eric as an Honorary Patron.
A Who’s Who of Newquay Dramatic Society
Newquay Dramatic Society is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. A committee is elected at the AGM usually held in January to serve in office for the coming year.
Officers for 2017
President: John Jay
Treasurer: John Jay
Theatre Manager: Anne Chudleigh
Publicity Officer: Sheila Lines
Bar Manager: Paul Sim
Newsletter: Jean Lenton
Estate Manager: Bryan Bussey
Membership Secretary: Edith Bocock
Other Committee Members: Dave Angove, Stuart Hammond, Cat Malinowski
Honorary Patrons: Philip Schofield, Eric Chappell, Louise Roche