Redgrave TheatreSee our tribute to the Redgrave family
The Redgrave Theatre, built in 1974, enjoyed national acclaim for its innovative design and the quality of its Repertory productions. Princess Margaret was at the opening night, Dame Judi Dench was among the founder members and well-known names such as Prunella Scales, Leo McKern, Maureen Lipman, James Bolam, Fiona Fullerton, Bill Gaunt and Rachel Kempson, wife of Sir Michael Redgrave attracted audiences.
The people of Farnham, who had raised £260,000 (see Above) for this theatre, were devastated when it closed in 1999.
The Redgrave Theatre drawing done by actor Dennis Chinnery.
Entertainment in Farnham - lacking a professional theatre
What we survive with now...
The eagerness and enthusiasm for theatre has not diminished. Farnham Rep have to perform in a marquee or a local church in the absence of a proper theatre. Thousands of people have objected to the developer’s plans to demolish The Redgrave without replacing it. It’s ironic that when Farnham Rep perform in Brightwell Garden, the Marquee is immediately adjacent to the dark theatre.
As we cannot rely on Waverley Council to fund the theatre, people are once again giving hearts, souls, time and money to find a way forward. The FTA has commissioned a Theatre Report and Business Study which shows that Farnham perhaps, more than any other town, could support a theatre without subsidy. We are a wealthy, well-educated population with a great interest in the arts.
what we have now