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Following two years of Covid induced slumber, the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival is BACK!Determined to make 2022 'The Summer of Fun' - Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival returns with more than 20 comedians performing across 12 shows, 5 venues, and ONE big weekend of live…
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Ever wondered what it would be like to work Front of House at Shropshire's premier arts venue?

We are looking for enthusiastic staff to join our large Front of House team at Theatre Severn. Ideal candidates will have experience of working in a busy environment, previous bar work will be an advantage, with a good understanding of customer care, communication skills and teamwork. 

For more information and to receive a copy of our FAQ information sheet, please email Box Office on

Minimum age for applicants is 18 years old. Apply online for casual Front of House vacancy here. 

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We are delighted to share news that Theatre Severn will receive a grant of £532,978 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help us reopen soon and rebuild our local culture.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Theatre Severn in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations look ahead and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

This grant will enable Theatre Severn to confidently pursue plans to re-open and curate an exciting summer season of events for all ages, including outdoor events at Shrewsbury Castle and participatory activities for children and young people.

Mark Barrow, Executive Director of Place at Shropshire Council, said:
"We’re thrilled to receive funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Staff at Theatre Severn have worked tremendously hard to find new ways to bring the theatre to audiences and to support the COVID-19 support effort in the county, with the venue currently serving as a walk-in rapid testing centre.

Despite best efforts, theatres and the wider culture sector like so many others have been hugely impacted by the pandemic and have had revenue streams slashed. We are incredibly grateful in receiving grant funding to support the recovery of Theatre Severn and enable us to explore an exciting programme of events for people of all ages in the months ahead and give everyone something positive to look forward to."

In line with the UK Government Roadmap, Theatre Severn currently plans to re-open from 17 May 2021, initially with a programme of film screenings and selected live events, where appropriate social distancing and reduced capacities will be in operation until restrictions can be lifted further.

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Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
"Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society."

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said:
"We’re pleased to be investing in Theatre Severn through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will offer them the opportunity to plan for the future and prepare for reopening in the coming months. From hosting stand-up comedy and contemporary dance to family theatre, pantomimes and live music, the theatre plays a crucial role in bringing interesting and exciting cultural events to people across the region.

"The Government’s package is hugely welcome, providing much of the sector with resources to reopen safely. Building upon investment made in the first round of Recovery funding, we’re pleased to see that many more well-loved community projects, theatres, galleries, museums, clubs, music venues, festivals, key cultural suppliers along with other creative spaces and projects have benefited, and their communities will feel a boost as a result. Now that we’re hopefully on the road to recovery, there is much to look forward to as organisations get ready to reopen their doors, welcoming back audiences and making plans for the future."

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.  

Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

We thank you, our audiences, for your incredible support and understanding and can't wait to welcome you again soon. In the meantime, check out our WHAT'S ON page and find lots to look forward to later this year and beyond.



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Staff at Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury have been providing critical support to front line COVID-19 testing by helping to run The Lantern testing site in Shrewsbury.Barry Tench, Operations Manager at Theatre Severn, said, "At the end of November last year, Shropshire Council…
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It has been a stop-start year at Theatre Severn, following our initial closure in March, re-opening in August, and then a second closure in November, as we have adhered with with UK government restrictions.

But behind closed doors, work often continues to maintain this complex building, seizing every opportunity to undertake everything from cosmetic jobs such as painting dressing rooms, to more technical work on the building infrastructure.

Prior to our re-opening in August, to provide audiences and staff with the safest possible environment, we installed new furniture such as perspex screens in customer facing areas such as the Box Office and Chapel Bar. Behind the scenes during November, further work has been undertaken to ensure we meet the highest standards when we're ready to welcome audiences again in December.

Our Systems and Facilities Manager Grant Wilson gave us a bit more insight and said "The building has been eerily quiet over the last few weeks as it has been closed to the public, but we have taken advantage of the unusual break in the programme to do some additional maintenance. 

There is quite a bit of routine maintenance which happens all the time but under normal circumstances the building is in constant use, so some parts of the building can be difficult to get to. In the past two weeks we have been able to get a team of engineers in to clean and check the entire ventilation system in one go. We have also been running tests on the air flow rates to double check that the system is working properly. 

It is a relatively new building so the ventilation has been designed to a very high specification. It uses a constant supply of fresh air from outside rather than recirculating air within the building, so it is important to make sure that the fresh air we are bringing in is properly filtered and that enough fresh air is being supplied.

The ventilation is constantly monitored, but what we have been able during this lockdown is take more detailed measurements to fine tune the system and give us some additional reassurance that everything is running perfectly."

To provide you with a safe, spaced and stress-free experience, social distancing will be in operation at all events for the forseeable future. Read more about our current safety measure before your visit.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and we look forward to welcoming you to Theatre Severn again soon.

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We are very sad to announce that this year's pantomime BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been postponed until 2021.

Theatre Severn and Evolution Productions have reluctantly reached this decision following government advice that it will not be possible, until November at the earliest, to clarify whether indoor performances can take place without social distancing. Due to this ongoing uncertainty we have concluded that a postponement is the most sensible decision.

We kindly ask that ticketholders do not contact us at this time. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be contacting all ticketholders directly with further advice about their bookings. We appreciate your patience while we work through this. All ticketholders will be able to transfer their bookings to next year.

David Jack, Venues and Programme Manager said "We waited as long as we could and have made this decision with the heaviest hearts, because we know how much our audiences love their annual visit to see the pantomime here. However, the continued uncertainty around when we’ll be allowed to re-open the theatre at full capacity has left us with no choice.

Beauty and the Beast will now happen in 2021 and we intend to bring audiences a fantastic show, bigger and better than ever. We are exploring alternative plans for the forthcoming Christmas season and will share any news with our audiences when appropriate."

Writer, Director and Producer of the pantomime, Paul Hendy from Evolution Productions said "The thought of Christmas without pantomime is incredibly upsetting. I’m a local lad and I love Theatre Severn; I know our audiences are wonderful and I know they will understand this decision and be supportive of it. Will the Theatre Severn pantomime return? Oh yes it will!"

Our legendary Dame Brad Fitt, star of Theatre Severn pantomimes since 2011 also asked us to share this message, "I'm devastated that my tenth pantomime in my beloved Shropshire has had to be postponed. I know that Evolution Pantomimes and Theatre Severn have not taken this decision lightly but without further clarification from the government, the uncertainty around restrictions gives them no choice. I shall miss you all of course but, we will be back. Love to you all."

During this difficult year, we have been so grateful to our audiences for your support and understanding. We know you all love panto season as much as we do, and we can’t wait to share this spectacular show with you next year. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will return Fri 3 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022, bigger and better than ever!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 2021-22 performance schedule

Fri 3 Dec | 6pm
Sat 4 Dec | 1pm & 5pm
Sun 5 Dec | 1pm & 5pm

Fri 10 Dec | 6pm
Sat 11 Dec | 1pm & 5pm
Sun 12 Dec | 1pm & 5pm

Thu 16 Dec | 6pm

Sat 18 Dec | 10.15am, 2pm & 6pm
Sun 19 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Mon 20 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Tue 21 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Wed 22 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Thu 23 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Fri 24 Dec | 10.15am & 2pm

Sun 26 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Mon 27 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Tue 28 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Wed 29 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Thu 30 Dec | 10.15am, 2pm & 6pm

Sat 1 Jan | 2pm & 6pm
Sun 2 Jan | 1pm & 5pm

3 -12 Dec £26.50 - £20 | child £2 off | group 10+ discount
16 Dec - 2 Jan £27.50 - £21  | child £2 off 

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We are thrilled to announce a major new partnership with Shropshire-based Chartered Financial Planners Croft & Oakes. The agreement will explore mutually beneficial opportunities and will see Croft and Oakes become a significant supporter of future projects at the venue. Earlier this year, Theatre…
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