THE LONGEST RUNNING PROFESSIONAL SUMMER REPERTORY THEATRE IN THE UK | EST 1934
Explore Our History
Frinton Summer Theatre, located in Frinton-on-sea, was founded in 1934. The company is the oldest surviving ‘weekly’ Summer Repertory Theatre company in England. The company produces a season of eight productions each year during July and August.
Theatre practices like that of Frinton Summer Theatre remain popular within UK theatre communities, continuing to give first jobs to graduating drama students.
In 2019, Sir Ian McKellen brought his one-man show ‘Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and you’ to Frinton Summer Theatre.
You can learn more about our 80 year history in
Frinton Summer Theatre: 80 Glorious Years
by Jacey Dias
You can purchase your copy from our box office shop at Connaught avenue.
Frinton has seen the early career launch of actors such as Michael Denison, Vanessa Redgrave, Antony Sher, Neil Dudgeon, Owen Teale, Nickolas Grace, Jane Asher, Julian Fellowes and Lynda Bellingham.
Actors such as John D Collins, Jack Watling, Giles Watling and Patrick Mower have walked the boards at Frinton, and in 2019, Sir Ian McKellen brought his one-man show 'Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and you’ to Frinton Summer Theatre.
Explore our history through our extensive archive.
With over 80 years of programmes, posters and photographs you can gain an in-depth insight into our theatre.