Lancaster Grand



Footlights is a thriving amateur drama group which takes a professional approach to its work.  We first started performing in the 1920's, and purchased the Grand Theatre in 1951, saving it from demolition. Ever since that time, it has been a careful balance of time and effort between theatrical productions, and the continuous work involved in running, maintaining and restoring an historic building. We currently produce five plays per year in the Grand Theatre, including a traditional Christmas pantomime which is specifically aimed family enjoyment and a Family production in the summer.

In addition to the Footlights performances at the Grand, Studio Footlights also stages studio productions at other small venues so the range of productions is very wide with something to appeal to every taste.

All members receive a monthly newsletter which keeps them informed of impending productions, auditions, and activities as well as more general news.  Full membership costs just £15 per year for adults and £10 for juniors and students.  We have a large membership, but with a theatre to run, a full season of plays to cast, sets to build, backstage and front-of-house staff to find etc. we are always looking for new faces and fresh ideas and talents.   Why not come and join us?   You'd be very welcome.  The benefits of joining Footlights include:

  • Receipt of personal copy of the newsletter – Footnote (by email or £6 per annum for a paper copy)
  • Voting status at the AGM
  • Great social life of this thriving theatre.

Please print out a membership form from this website or contact the box office for a membership application form.

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Our Membership Managers are Joanne McCartney (who manages the database) and Laura Cowper who is our membership contact for new and existing members.

Laura's phone number is 07494819202 or e mail

A membership form is available:

  • to print out under the Footlights tab on this web site,
  • by e mail at the address above or
  • to be collected directly from the box office between 10am and 3 pm Monday to Saturday

 Saturday morning Coffee Bar in the Foyer

Drop in between 10.30 and 12.00 noon for tea, hot chocolate, home made cake and and Atkinson's acclaimed coffee. Non members welcome.


New members

We have a "new members welcome" morning on the first Saturday of each month, Laura or another Board member will be happy to meet you, show you round and introduce you to other members - please make yourselves known. 

Props Hire

We have an extensive store of props and furniture ( not scenery or sets) which we are happy to loan out.

Please call Carol on 01524 734381 for further details

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Upcoming shows



20th, 21st, 27th, 28th April at 7.30pm Sunday 22nd 2.30pm  Tickets: £10/£9 conc

the hilarious, well known and much loved comedy starting with the Parish Council awaiting their new Vicar.

Stage play by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter adapted from the original TV series by Richard curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

8th - 10th, 14th-15th June at 7.30pm Saturday 9th, 10th June at 2.30pm

Tickets: £10/ £9 conc.

The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe is a family show based on the much loved classic by C.S.Lewis with script adaptation by Glyn Robbins

We will be producing an updated version with a mix of tradition and modern elements.