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Thank you for choosing the Blakehay Theatre – we hope you will enjoy your visit!

Situated next to Grove Park, the Blakehay Theatre is an excellent place to visit during the day or evening to be entertained.

The Blakehay is a community theatre in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. At all levels, the theatre aims to offer a high-quality, friendly and diverse arts experience to all its attendees and staff.

The theatre operates as a live events venue, programming local and regional theatre, music and dance.

If you would like to book the theatre for your event, please visit our Hire page for more information.

The theatre is owned and run by Weston-super-Mare Town Council.Town Council Crest

 

 

History of the Blakehay Theatre

Church Exterior
Church Interior

Built in 1850, the building was Weston-super-Mare’s first Baptist church and first public building.

In 1862 Hans Price, who became the town’s leading architect, was commissioned to adapt and enlarge the building.

During the Second World War it was hit by incendiary bombs and only the outside walls of the church remained, after the war it was rebuilt inside the original Victorian shell.

The building closed as a place of worship in 1985 and was saved from demolition and replacement with a block of flats in 1986 by the actions of Weston Civic Society.

It was converted into a venue for amateur and professional events and public meetings and renamed ‘The Blakehay’. The name ‘Blakehay’ comes from “Black Hay”, a field that originally lay between the High Street and Wadham Street.

The original 230 church seats were placed on a new raked platform and the old Baptistery turned into a stage. The old Sunday school rooms were converted into two studio space on the ground and first floors.

Weston-super-Mare Town Council then purchased the theatre in 2004.

1850 – The Blakehay is built as Whadam Street baptist Church

1862 – The Blakehay is enlarged

1985 – The church closes as a place of worship and The Blakehay is named

2004 – Weston-super-Mare Town Council purchases the Blakehay Theatre

2010 – The foyer and toilets are refurbished and the Theatre Bar installed in the old Lower Studio

2017 – The Upper Studio is refurbished opening the first floor stage and creating the Studios and Studio Theatre. A new first floor corridor is created to link the backstage and front of house. A new stage is installed in the Theatre Bar and the theatre is re-branded.