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



A total of 25 people  auditioned for 'Our Country's Good', including 13 new faces and 5 'returning' members. There were some excellent presentations displaying drama, humour and pathos.

The play was writen in 1988 by by British based playwright, Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Central topics in her work are the efforts of individuals, particularly women, seeking change, breaking boundaries and challenging gender roles. A common technique is the revisioning of events from the past.. 

This story concerns a group of Royal Marines and their convict prisoners in a penal colony in New South Wales during the 1780's, and their efforts to put on a theatrical production of Farquhar's 'The Recruiting Officer'. One of the officers believes  that the power of drama will have a reforming effect upon their charges.

The title is taken from a poem read by one of the convicts -

"True patriots we. We left our country for our country's good!"

This play was first staged at The Royal Court in 1988 and has been constantly in production somewhere ever since.

It is an almost permanent fixture on  schools' A Level syllabuses.

Directed by Emma Wright, assisted by Amy Lawton and Sandie Lane Dixon.

Lancaster Footlights will stage the production on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October.


A traditional family pantomime with all the usual comedy, dancing, singing and joining in.

There are 19 performances throughout December.