About the Swan

Non-professional theatre produced professionally....

In 1967 the Bass brewery sold The Swan, a derelict Yeovil pub, to the Yeovil Dramatic and Arts Society. For seven years members worked to transform the pub into an attractive headquarters with facilities for rehearsals and set-building. Performances still had to take place in hired halls. The society then decided to build its own theatre on the land behind the building. Its first production there was in 1976.

We have had no magic wand but, year by year, improvements have been made. The Swan does not receive public funding, or any financial support from any other organisation, relying solely  on the efforts of its members and patrons. Years of voluntary work and the re-investment of all profits into the building and its equipment have resulted in the Swan becoming one of the best equipped little theatres in the West of England. We can now offer the public an intimate performance space, tiered auditorium with excellent acoustics, professional quality lighting and sound systems, and a fully licensed bar.

The Swan Theatre Company is committed to developing the performing arts in Yeovil and performs six shows a year, providing a wide range of opportunities for our members to perform or work backstage. In addition the theatre is a venue which is used by other groups in the area. Through our Charity Nights. we have helped local charities raise thousands of pounds for their charities.

In addition to the six shows a year, from time to time, we are present rehearsed readings and run workshops on technical and stage-related aspects. To reinforce our links to the local community we maintain close contacts with schools and colleges in the area to explore mutually interesting projects.

We aim to provide an interesting and challenging theatrical environment for people of all levels of ability. The Swan Theatre is recognised as an outstanding example of non-professional theatre, evidenced by the press notices received for our productions, the awards received in local drama competitions and by the comments and loyalty of our local audience, so do please come and join us.