Presenting a year-round programme of professional and community productions, the Borough Theatre is a lively 338 seat venue situated right in the centre of the historic market town of Abergavenny, the traditional Gateway to Wales.
In October 2013 management of the Borough Theatre was transferred to a board of trustees, since when the theatre has been operating as a charity (No. 1151373).
The theatre is part of the town hall building and dates back to 1870. The theatre was extensively renovated in the early 1990s and boasts an intimate auditorium with excellent sightlines and acoustics, which succeeds in blending historic and traditional features with a modern ambience.
The board are now focussing their energies on a scheme to create a major upgrade to the Borough Theatre so that people can enjoy a theatre facility in Abergavenny that is fit for purpose for the 21st century.
Whilst doing this we will maintain our commitment to presenting a wide-ranging programme of live events each year featuring drama, opera, ballet, a wide range of live music concerts, children’s events, musicals, comedy, dance and storytelling.
We are very proud of the fact that many headline artistes from the UK and overseas visit the Borough Theatre (going back to The Beatles in 1963…) as well as some of the most interesting new companies creating theatre and dance. Our programme aims to appeal to all tastes and ages – with shows for everyone from pre-school years upwards.
The performing tradition runs deep in Abergavenny and the town supports many local amateur theatre and operatic companies who regularly perform at the Borough Theatre. It is from these local amateur companies that the theatre has drawn many of its team of volunteers who act as stewards, stage crew, and bar staff.
Although much has been achieved, the ever growing demand for use of the theatre from both the professional and community sectors only goes to demonstrate that much work lies ahead in the quest to extend and develop the activities and facilities which have made the Borough Theatre Monmouthshire’s “Jewel in the Crown”.
There are many ways in which you can help us achieve our aims. Why not become a member of our new Patron Scheme for just £25 a year or by joining us as a volunteer member of our front of house team. You can make a donation towards – or sponsor – our activities, and you can support us by bringing friends and family along with you to watch events in this wonderful and historic building.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Borough Theatre!