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Worcester Live - Huntingdon Hall, Swan Theatre


About Worcester Live

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Worcester Live is a registered charity, which runs Huntingdon Hall, The Swan Theatre and Henry Sandon Hall in Worcester. The organisation is the main arts provider in the city and also runs the annual Worcester Festival. The organisation also has a producing arm in the form of the Swan Theatre’s resident professional theatre company, the Worcester Repertory Company, which produces two annual productions: the outdoor Worcester Rep at the Commandery and Worcester Rep at the Cathedral, as well as touring shows, Theatre In Education tours, new work and the annual Swan Theatre Pantomime.

Worcester Live relies heavily on charitable donations to exist, including arts grants, money from trusts, legacies and other organisations, and fundraising events.

Huntingdon Hall
Huntingdon Hall is Worcester’s premier live music and entertainment venue. Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel was a thriving Methodist church in the early 18th Century. By 1970, the building closed as a chapel until the late 1970s when it was purchased by the City Council with the view of redeveloping the site. With financial support from the City and County Councils, Huntingdon Hall re-opened in 1987 as a concert venue. 25 years later and Huntingdon Hall is a leading venue for folk music, is becoming increasingly well known for great comedy and welcomes all types of entertainment; classical music, jazz and blues as well as spoken word events.

The Swan Theatre
A financially failing Swan Theatre was taken over by Huntingdon Arts Ltd in 2003 and brought it back to life in a transformation from a producing house to a theatre welcoming touring theatre, offering a home to amateur groups and available to hire. The Swan today offers a full programme of entertainment; professional theatre, dance, amateur theatre, live music, spoken word events and comedy. Following a much-needed internal refurbishment in 2009, The Swan continues to go from strength to strength.

Henry Sandon Hall
Henry Sandon HallHenry Sandon Hall is a new arts venue at the heart of the redevelopment of Worcester’s famous Royal Porcelain Works. The Hall is due to open in Summer 2018, alongside the nestWorcester café/deli and arts exhibition facilities. Henry Sandon Hall will seat up to 140 people and is equipped to be a truly multi-functional venue, hosting an exciting and eclectic range of events. Live events will include acoustic music, film (including the start of a new film club), talks, product launches, antiques fairs, exhibitions and demonstrations by local artists, market feasts, and much more. The new courtyard will feature outdoor seating for the café and visitors, and on summer weekends, music and entertainment outside. The venue will host events during the Worcester Festival and will be a fantastic new arts centre for the Worcestershire community. Henry Sandon Hall will also be available for hire, by event organisers and community groups for a wide range of events and activities.

The grand opening of Henry Sandon Hall will take place on Saturday 30th June 2018, kicking off a whole weekend of events and activities across the Royal Porcelain Works site.

Community Work

The Swan Theatre is home to many amateur dramatics groups including the Swan Theatre Amateur Company, and runs award winning Youth Theatre groups throughout the year in term time for children from ages 5-18. The theatre also runs dance classes for people of all ages and dance abilities – from toddlers through to the over 50s.

Worcester Live has recently launched the Swan Theatre School, a one-year foundation course in professional acting. Taught by industry professionals, the course aims to provide aspiring actors with the help and support they need to either apply to drama schools or go straight in to the industry.

2016/17 Annual ReportAnnual Report

Please click here to view the Worcester Live Annual Report for 2016/17




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