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The Redgrave Theatre was closed in 1998 and was demolished in 2019, The Farnham Theatre Association has campaigned consistently for it to be replaced, but the strong case we have made will remain when the country recovers. Our present aim is to keep interest in theatre alive.

    Our Chairman, Anne Cooper has compiled a history of Farnham’s Castle and Redgrave Theatres, “A Tale of Two Theatres: told by those who knew”.  We are delighted that the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans and the Town Council support this publication.  Anne has relied on people’s voices who really did know the theatres from the inside - actors, directors and audiences and the volunteers.  It is their words that really give life to the story.  Pictures also help tell the tale (some in colour) and are from the archives and memorabilia retrieved from the Redgrave. There are also images from local Museums.

    This book shows the value of archived material in telling future generations about their history and any profits from sales will go to protecting the archives.
Download and read a PDF document of the reviews here.

A TALE OF TWO THEATRES: TOLD BY THOSE WHO KNEW MAY BE OBTAINED FROM: sales@farnhamtheatre.co.uk

 

FTA's Intention

We recognise the leisure needs of the area’s expanding population and also of visitors and tourists to our historic town... to benefit ALL the community. The FTA campaigns to re-establish a working theatre as part of Farnham’s cultural heritage, a vision entirely in accord with what residents say they want.

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ENewsletter 64Our intention is to open a theatre which will attract professional and amateur productions, dance, music and entertainment of all types and for all ages. The building will also support educational projects, conferences, exhibitions and many kinds of community cultural events.FTA became a company limited by guarantee in 2007; Farnham Theatre Association Ltd. is a non-profit making voluntary working group, formed to provide the basis of a charitable trust which will be able to run the theatre in its developing and final form.

Famous actors supporting FTA's vision

   

FTA's Redgrave Supporters

JAMES BOLAM
STEPHANIE COLE MBE
RICHARD CORDERY
DAME JUDI DENCH (Redgrave founder member)
NEIL DUDGEON
SIR NICHOLAS HYTNER
GERALDINE JAMES OBE
SUSAN JAMESON
ALEX JENNINGS
LENNY HENRY
CIARAN HINDS
RULA LENSKA
MAUREEN LIPMAN
ABIGAIL MCKERN FTA Director (Leo Mckern’s daughter)
STEPHEN MANGAN
KIKA MYRILEES (FTA member)
GRAHAM NORTON
JEMMA REDGRAVE (Sir Michael Redgrave's granddaughter)
SIR SIMON RUSSELL-BEALE
SIR ANTHONY SHER
MICHAEL SIMKINS
SIR TOM STOPPARD
CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY
ZOE WANAMAKER

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Former FTA supporters. Sadly, no longer with us.
LORD RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH
JEREMY HARDY
ROY HUDD
GERALDINE MACEWAN
WARREN MITCHELL

A theatre for the community

Other people can and do get their local theatre saved, or a new one built. They achieve their great aims and we can too. It’s not impossible. Remember, we are not alone in our fight to get The Redgrave or its equivalent in place for residents now, and for all our descendants.

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