Highbury Theatre to Celebrate 75 Years with Open Day

Making local history, memories of Dylan Thomas help Highbury Theatre celebrate reaching 75!

75 years ago on 16 May 1942, Highbury Little Theatre, as it was then known, first opened its doors. The play at the end of that month was George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man.


Highbury will be celebrating its historic 75th birthday with an Open Day on Saturday 6 May starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.

Amongst the performances that day, showcasing the current talent at our distinguished local theatre, will be an extract from a recent production, Dylan Thomas—My Life My Words compiled, written and directed by Kerry Frater. During the Open Day it will be performed at 11am and 2.45pm.

In Kerry`s words

“Born into a family who lived and died in the same areas Dylan both knew and loved, his words have always had a special meaning to me. They are able to take me instantly back to the South Wales people and places I love, especially from my childhood.”

This is the fulfilment of a long ambition of Kerry’s to see Dylan Thomas’ words brought to life and have some of his myths debunked on stage. Set in a Radio Studio in 1954 you, the audience, will see Simon Baker, Linzi Doyle, Gwen Evans, Nigel Higgs, Val Goode and Martin Walker put the voices, life and colour to the words of Dylan Thomas.

All the Open Day performance extracts on 6 May are free to enter, it will be your chance to find out what makes Highbury tick today as well as looking back 75 years. In the main theatre will be three screenings of the original film showing the building of the theatre between 1937 and 1942 which now has a brand new soundtrack.

Full details of the day are at www.highburytheatre.co.uk