LANE THEATRE, NEWQUAYNewquay's Only Live Theatre
Newquay Amateur Dramatic Society was founded in May 1931. (Registered Charity No. 280786.)
1980 saw the Society acquire the old Lane Village Hall and begin the process of transforming the almost derelict building into the excellent venue we enjoy today, presenting plays continually since that date with facilities including a 138 seat auditorium, The Cosy Nook bar, Green Room lounge, ample free parking and disabled access.
1999 saw a substantial Arts Council (National Lottery) grant which enabled major improvements for the comfort of both our audiences and actors to take place and the refurbished building was opened by our Honorary Patron, Phillip Schofield on 3rd September 2000. Further grants and loans have provided funds for a continual programme of upgrades.
Eric Chappell, writer of such classics as Rising Damp, Duty Free and Only When I Laugh, was holidaying in Cornwall when he learned that we were performing one of his plays. Arriving unannounced, he was so delighted with the standard of the production that we have since staged two world premieres of his plays, subsequently published by Concord (Samuel French Ltd).
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 2023
President: Roger Allen
Vice-President: Jean Lenton
Committee Chair: Paul Hibbert
Treasurer: Andy Fox
Secretary: Paul Sim
Theatre Manager: Ann Masters
Publicity Officer: Gary Smith
Bar Manager: Paul Sim
Theatre Technician: Roger Allen
Newsletter: Judith Fox
Membership Secretary: Edith Bocock
Honorary Patrons: Philip Schofield, Louise Roche