Built in 1974, The Merlin Theatre a registered charity, is run by a small number of professional staff and a dedicated army of volunteers. It has a 240-seat auditorium with a smaller, outdoor, amphitheatre (ECOS) and is situated on the campus of Frome Community College.
We programme theatre, dance, comedy, live literature and music by professional and non-professional companies, show films and run regular classes and workshops and one-off, participatory projects.
The Merlin is a venue without pretension, where professional and non-professional artists, audiences and participants – new and established, feel at home. It is a venue where the quality of work is consistently high, where ticket prices are affordable and where performance and participation are valued equally.
Our purpose and beliefs
To provide the people of Frome and the surrounding area with excellent, memorable experiences in the performing arts.
We believe that opportunities to enjoy the arts, whether as a member of an audience or as a participant in a production, a workshop or class, can significantly increase the well-being and quality of life of individuals, of communities and of society as a whole.
Box Office 01373 465949
Administration 01373 461360
CLAUDIA PEPLER – Artistic Director
Kaz Bold – Operations Coordinator
Marianne Haines – Box Office Manager
David Gatliffe – Volunteer Co-ordinator
Company Reg. No. 2726275
Registered office address;
Charity Reg. No. 1012630
ASSOCIATE ARTISTS & COMPANIES
We are proud to work with, partner, and offer support to several artists and companies with whom we have a close relationship.
Black Hound Productions – Original Theatre
Dramakarma – Taking part in drama because we love it
Frome Drama Club – Drama Club
Mark Bruce Company – Production Company
Mark McGann – Actor / Acting Workshops
New Old Friends – Making people laugh since 2008
Noisy Oyster – International award-winning puppeteer, puppet maker, photographer and musician
Pip Utton – Actor
Sarah Godsill – Artist in Residence
Tri.art Theatre School & Dance Academy
We believe in collaboration and that – by working with audiences, participants, artists, arts companies and other arts venues, with Frome Community College, other local schools, our local authorities, business community, voluntary groups, media and with our funders and supporters – we will achieve much more than we could without them.