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The Barn Theatre is situated in the grounds of Smallhythe Place near Tenterden in south-east England.
Ellen Terry museum theatre
Edith Craig, Dame Ellen Terry’s daughter had wanted to convert the thatched barn behind the house into a theatre, but her mother had vetoed the suggestion. Ellen Terry had bought the Smallhythe estate in 1899 as a retreat from her professional life as an actress. The very idea of a theatre in the garden was definitely not on the agenda.
After Dame Ellen’s death in 1928 the idea for a theatre fitted in well with Edith’s plans for a memorial museum. She converted the barn into the Barn Theatre, raising funds by persuading supporters to purchase a chair in commemoration of themselves or a friend. (A tactic commonly used nowadays, but quite revolutionary 82 years ago).
Theatre season from April to October yearly
The Barn Theatre Society, formed in 1932, still carries on today putting on a season of shows between April and October each year in the Barn Theatre. Every year at the end of July a play by William Shakespeare is performed outdoors to commemorate Ellen Terry’s death.
The Barn Theatre is a public venue with its own website. They have an up to date calendar of events with details of production dates and booking status.
Reservations cannot be made via the internet. If you are not a member and would like to enquire about tickets please call Tel: +44 (0)1424 440 484.
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Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1424 440 484
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Please refer to the Barn Theatre website link above.
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