The Little Big Time - The Theatre
For the passing through visitor the town's individual little shops, friendly pubs and lively little cafes will be more than enough to keep you happy for a few hours. If staying for a few days though then you might want to check out The Theatre and its associated art gallery.
Chippy's theatre was founded in 1973 when John and Tamara Malcolm, actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company who had moved into the area a couple of years previously, took over the former Salavation Army Citadel on Spring Street.
The theatre was officially opened in 1975 with Tom Baker (of Dr Who fame) doing the honours and initially was used as a cinema and for Sunday jazz performances. The Christmas pantomine was the first of the stage productions and since then the theatre has developed into a multi-functional, all-singing-all-dancing, artistic centre for the town.
Current offerings include drama, dance, live music, comedy and film and of course has continued its Christmas pantomime, staged, strangely enough, every year at about the same time. Recent years have seen the theatre expanding stole-like to embrace the Chequers pub on all three sides as it opened a gallery space and new box office on Goddard's lane.
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