Our Heritage

The tradition of a summer theatre in Frinton began before the Second World War. During the war the theatre was closed but in 1947 it restarted and has continued ever since..

In 1974 the brothers Peter and Sam Hoar, who had run it for several years, announced they were giving up.  The late actor Jack Watling stepped in to take it over, but regretfully the 1974 season lost money and he announced that without some form of financial backing he would not be able to carry on. The then chairman of the Frinton and Walton town council, Miss Dora Cohen, launched a "save the theatre" fund and later in the year the "Friends of Frinton Theatre" was born.

Since then the theatre has gone from strength to strength, so much so that it became known as " The Nursery of the Stars" because so many well known actors began their careers on the stage here; among them are Julie Christie, Michael Denison, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Sher. More recently Richard Wilson O.B.E, Vicki Michelle M.B.E, Julian Fellowes, Jane Asher, Owen Teal, John D. Collins and Linda Bellingham have trod the boards on the Frinton stage. The  Friends have to raise more than £7000 (and rising) every year to cover the hire of the hall, insuring all the equipment, storage and replacement of equipment when necessary, in order to keep the theatre going. Much of this is raised from subscriptions and membership donations. The remainder is raised from events we organise throughout the year, such as quizzes, theatre visits, and talks. We supply the front of house staff during the season, encourage interest in the theatre and provide essential scenery and equipment.

If you would like to join us as a "Friend" please refer to the "forms" section of the site. We very much welcome new members and will provide you with the following benefits:

  • Newsletters
  • Priority booking to the Season's plays with a generous Season Ticket Holder Discount 
  • Invitations to events especially for "Friend" members.


Along with a very warm welcome!