Swanage Rep Theatre Season


For the first time in 25 years, a company of professional actors will be resident at the Mowlem theatre in Swanage this August, bringing  Rep Theatre and a hint of the West End to the seaside whilst performing three captivating and entertaining plays over a period of just three weeks:

Swanage RepYes, Prime Minister

The play is written by the original writers of the famous sitcom. It features the much loved characters in a brand new hilarious scrape.

The Secret Garden

A beautiful family show, a touching adaption of the classic book. The Secret Garden brings us a spot of magic at a stately home on the Yorkshire moors.

The Game’s Afoot

The season ends with a bang as this play takes you on a rolling in the aisles whodunnit farce of a journey with a touch of Sherlock Holmes.

Swanage RepRep Theatre

Old style weekly rep theatre used to be the mainstay of British seaside towns. Each week an increasingly familiar cast would bring you a new show with just 24 hours to turn around the stage. They would transform themselves into the next entertaining set of characters. This ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ speed at which they rehearsed and produced each show established the tradition of the audience applauding and cheering when the curtains would open on the new set!

The actors themselves would become local celebrities and would talk to the audience every night. This helps to make the whole experience about togetherness and community. It became the training ground for our many greats. Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Edward Fox, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Michael Hordern all began their careers in rep. And thankfully it’s making a return!


Swanage RepThe shows are scheduled from Thursday to Tuesday each week so you may be able to catch two over your stay in Dorset!

Don’t miss the chance to experience the magic of repertory theatre this summer! Help us bring back this wonderful tradition, and you never know, you just might bump into the next Laurence Olivier!

Yes Prime Minister – Thursday August 10th to Tuesday August 15th 7.30pm

The Secret Garden – Thursday August 17th to Tuesday August 22nd 7.30pm

The Game’s Afoot – Thursday August 24th to Tuesday August 29th 7.30pm

At The Mowlem Theatre, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset

Tickets are priced from £8 to £12 and can be bought via the Box Office 01929 422239 or the from Swanage Rep Website

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