Open for (new) business!

After an 80 year history from an Odeon Cinema through to the Broadway Theatre, the iconic Peterborough building has had its ups and downs. September sees the start of a new era as Selladoor Venues takes the reins from The Dawe Charitable Trust, who have worked tirelessly to keep the doors open for the last two years.

As part of Selladoor Venues growing portfolio of theatres, New Theatre Peterborough is the latest to be given a new lease of life and a promising future with a packed autumn season already selling fast.

Kicking off the next chapter for the theatre included Selladoor’s own produced shows such as Avenue Q (Tue 24 – Sat 28 September), Madagascar the Musical (Wed 2 – Sun 6 October) Mr Men and Little Miss (Tue 12 – Wed 13 Nov) and, direct from the West End, Fame the Musical (Mon 25 – Sat 30 Nov). Also, following 2 successful pop-up seasons within the Broadway, Bill Kenwright returns with a number of high profile shows and performers including Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight (Mon 21 – Sat 26 Oct) starring TV’s Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently).

Selladoor’s Director of Venues, Stuart Shanks, said “everyone at Selladoor would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to The Dawe Charitable Trust for keeping this wonderful venue alive and for all of their support.”

Supported by Theatre Director, Richie Ross, who agreed “working alongside the Trust has been a pleasure, as we have been on this recent journey together. As we continue, we hope the people of Peterborough support us as they have supported The Dawe Charitable Trust following the positive efforts made to keep this fantastic theatre open.”

Peter Dawe, from The Dawe Charitable Trust said “the two years it has taken to secure the theatre has been difficult and hard work. The charity’s trustees, Peter Dawe, Mark Turner and David Kerr, would like to ensure that the team lead by Vijju Churchman are given the full credit for saving the theatre. There are many people who worked beyond their job titles, and many volunteers without whom the theatre would have closed. We must also thank the people of Peterborough, who continue to support the theatre through thick and thin.

We’re delighted to be handing over the reins to Selladoor who bring a vast amount of experience of venue management, along with their own production company and a host of top quality touring shows. With Richie Ross and his team running The New Theatre, it has a bright future as a world class entertainment and arts venue, and we look forward to seeing West End productions at New Theatre, Peterborough.”

New Theatre Peterborough was re-launched showcasing a taste of some of the shows coming up, including a look at Tag Theatre who will be running the brand new New Theatre Academy from January 2020.

For more details on the New Theatre, the line-up of fantastic shows or the New Theatre Academy, visit

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