The History of the Swan Theatre

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 Swan in 1968

The society then decided to build its own theatre on the land behind the building.

The first production

The first production there, “The Sound of Murder” was in 1976. See the first stage set on the right.

The Swan in 1974