The Lowestoft Players' headquarters are based in the heart of Lowestoft. Comprising of a large rehearsal space, a second studio space and a green room cafe the facilites are exceptional. The old Bethel building is a creative space for all sorts of uses. Aside from its two practice areas it also houses an extensive costume and props department and we hope it will become a creative hub for the area.
(Some of the large canvas murials that are featured within the main hall at the Bethel)
The main space, walled on one side with mirrors and practice bars, is big enough to allow for a full stage rehearsal. The space apart from its creative arts use offers room for conferences and is available for hire along with the other facilities.
For further information regarding the hiring of the facilities at the Bethel, please contact:
Bernie Gooch on 07752 807303
Hiring The Bethel:
As well as an ideal rehearsal space, the Bethel can be used as a multi-purpose venue for concerts, conferences, an exhibition hall or that special event.
Typically, the Players will charge a company or organisation for the hire of the Main Hall, Green Room & Studio. There may be a reduction in this charge, if only one room is required. The hiring fee is subject to the Players terms of hire being accepted and may vary depending on the type of use the hirer wishes to have. The final figure will be negotiated with the Treasurer, or the person appointed by the Management Committee.
Special rates apply to all members of the Players, who may wish to use to Bethel themselves.
The Lowestoft Players also have a vast range of costumes available to hire, ranging from classic pantomime characters, period costume & fancy dress. For more information regarding hire, please call:
Deanne Dickson on (01502) 567114
STOP PRESS - Exciting Future for the Bethel
Local theatre group The Lowestoft Players are delighted to announce a hugely exciting development for the future of their society and the local community.
Permission on application has just been granted by the Planning Department at Waveney District Council for the award-winning group to use their headquarters The Bethel as a small theatre venue, following months of detailed investigation and research by the Players’ Developments Team.
This has been the realisation of an ambitious long term dream for The Lowestoft Players, who purchased the Bethel three years ago to use as their new headquarters and rehearsal hall. Upon viewing the venue, The Players Management Team immediately saw the building’s potential for the future, not only for community use and hire, but most thrilling of all as an exciting performance venue for both musical theatre and drama. Lowestoft Players Director Maurice Garrod said:
“The Lowestoft Players are really excited now that our initial development plan for The Bethel has been approved. This result has been achieved through having a good business plan and lots of hard work from our membership of dedicated volunteers.”
The Players are now set to update the facilities at The Bethel ready for an audience to use. This will involve both reconfiguring certain parts of the building and investing in interior necessities essential for a great theatre experience resulting in the building becoming a multi-purpose facility for rehearsals, performance and community use.
Enough money has already been raised by donations and sponsorship to buy over 200 new comfortable seats for theatre use, and fund raising continues together with applications for grants to curtain the interior and invest in sound systems, lighting and other essential equipment suitable for the venue. Plans also include building a new versatile stage area, which can accommodate a large cast.
The Players hope to still be able to perform their large scale pantomime and musical productions at the town’s Marina Theatre and see The Bethel as an additional complimentary, venue which will allow them to stage a number of exciting smaller productions that would not normally be viable in the town’s larger 700 seater venue.
“Having a small venue of our own, where more intimate pieces can be performed, is something we have only dreamed off in the past. With a fundraising effort, and hopefully a grant, it won’t be too long before we will be welcoming an audience into the Bethel,” said Mr Garrod.
News of The Lowestoft Players’ first big production at The Bethel will be announced in the press shortly. Tickets are also on sale from The Marina Theatre box office on 01502 533200 for their forthcoming production of “The Sound of Music,” which is on at The Marina Theatre from 29th May to 2nd June.
“We look forward with enthusiasm to entertaining theatre-goers everywhere, maintaining The Players’ award-winning high standards of creative and spectacular entertainment and look forward to welcoming you there soon.”