Theatre to debut in Hedge End

November 26, 2010 by  

Companies offering poster printing in Hedge End may soon be busy producing posters to promote the exciting new shows that will be coming to the area courtesy of Hedge End’s new theatre. The theatre will cost 4 million pounds to build, and will be located next to the performing arts department of Wildern School, and will open in 2011. The theatre will be able to seat 308 people and will mean that people in the area have an alternative venue to go to see a variety of professional shows rather than travelling the distance to The Point in Eastleigh or the Mayflower theatre in Southampton.

Amateur groups will be able to make use of the theatre’s facilities during the week but on Friday and Saturday evenings the venue will play host to professional theatre companies who are touring bringing a range of drama, comedy and musical performances to Hedge End. Youngsters will also be able to enjoy a number of master classes which will be staged at the theatre to teach them about writing or behind the scenes in theatre. The theatre’s facilities include a bar and a box office as well as dressing rooms for the theatre companies.

The name of the new theatre has been unveiled as ‘The Berry Theatre’. A resident from Hedge End suggested the name which pays homage to the heritage of the town as a fruit picking area, having once been fields of strawberries.

Publicity will be vital to the theatres’s success, and it is anticipated that not only will it be printing posters to advertise forthcoming attractions, but also banners and brochures.