Chesil Theatre is Winchester’s leading amateur theatre, renowned for performing high quality productions, ranging from comedy to classics. Alongside our reputation of presenting up to eight productions a year, we nurture new, innovative work alongside our traditional programme, driven by our bi-annual national new playwrighting festival, TakeTen. We also run two lively youth theatre groups as well as offering other theatre-related activities, stagecraft and technical training.
Our History In the heart of the ancient city of Winchester, Chesil Theatre, formed as Winchester Dramatic Society, has been providing entertainment since 1863. In 1966 our home was established in the former 12th century church of St Peter Chesil. This historic medieval listed building provides an intimate 75-seat studio-style theatre and versatile performance space.
Our Values Chesil Theatre strives to bring people from all backgrounds together in an environment where they can flourish. Our ambition is to promote a diverse, inclusive, and accessible culture, where people feel supported and respected, whilst challenged and inspired by theatre and the arts.
Proud members of The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association
The Winchester Dramatic Society, registered company 1621492 in England & Wales at the Chesil Theatre, Chesil St, Winchester. SO23 0HU. Registered charity 285043. Limited by guarantee.