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About us

Ilkeston Community Theatre and Festival Group

In 1895 Ilkeston had a theatre with 2000 seats and numerous halls with stages. The town hall was just that, a hall which people could use. Even in the 50's the New Theatre could still become a theatre for pantomimes with The Co-op, churches, schools and the college having usable stages.  Today there are none easily available.​The group was set up in early 2022 and our aim is to provide a community theatre for Ilkeston, where local and visiting companies, groups and individuals can put on events and/or shows and people can unite together in a local community hub. The aim is to work with the community for the community and contribute to the regeneration of the town. 


We also organise a week  long Ilkeston Festival to  provide events and entertainment for all.​ 


Our Honorary President​,​​​​​ Robert Lindsay, is an Ilkeston born actor known and loved by many generations for his television, film and stage roles, which have earned him Bafta, Tony and Olivier awards.  When he left Gladstone School, his interest in drama took him to Clarendon College, and then RADA, to begin a wide ranging career playing an impressive variety of roles.Derby County fans will know him as the singer of 'Steve Bloomer's Watchin' sung at the start of the team's home games.

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