Friends of Shanklin Theatre

Who are we?

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre are a group of people from the Isle of Wight and beyond who share a common interest in supporting Shanklin Theatre. Many are also dedicated volunteers, helping Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust with the day-to-day running of the Theatre. See our history in this page.


Theatre wins 'Highly Commended' award.

December, 2016

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We are very pleased to announce, that Shanklin Theatre won the ‘Highly Commended Award’ in the Business Investment category, as sponsored by the IW County Press at a glitzy evening with Fred Dinage and Chamber of Commerce President, Geoff Underwood.

2016 Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence.

November, 2016

Isle of Wight Chamber Of Commerce Awards
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The theatre has been nominated in two categories for this year's awards. The shortlist celebrates the best in Island business and reflects a wide range of sectors and companies of every size, from start-ups to international businesses. The awards will be presented on Friday December 2nd at Cowes Yacht Haven and hosted by TV’s Fred Dinenage. Read more...

Shanklin Town Council donates £4000 for Shanklin Theatre window repairs.

October, 2016

Shanklin Town Council Donation
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In recognition of the increasing benefits Shanklin Theatre brings to Shanklin, the Town Council has very kindly donated £4000 to pay for ongoing repairs to the Theatre's windows, which have lasted well but are in need of serious overhaul. Read more...

Two Times a Winner

September, 2016

Rotary Club
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Mr Terence Sedman is a very lucky man indeed! He has just won £250 First Prize in the Shanklin Theatre’s Lottery Draw for a second time; he previously won in June this year.

Mr Sedman of Newport IOW is a regular to the theatre, & tells us that he bought rather a lot of £1 tickets at the shows, Best of the West End and the Roy Hudd performance. He added, “I didn’t expect to win, I just want to support the theatre, I will be buying tickets for the next prize draw on November 5th,”


Wonderful letter from Janet Sandys-nee-Derry

August, 2016

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It was the summer season of 1956; Shanklin Theatre was home to Barry O’Brien’s repertory company “The Shanklin Theatre Company” presenting a season of West End play successes and offering a different play each week.

Among the cast was a young twenty one year old Janet Derry, Janet has just returned home from holidaying on the Island and has written a lovely letter of thanks to the friends of the theatre. Read more...

Shanklin Theatre External Defibrillator

August, 2016

New Defibrilator
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The Friends of Shanklin Theatre became one of the first to install a public Defibrillator in the Shanklin area back in 2014, and last year it was put to good use when it saved the life of John Howard.

For the first two years it had been held at the Light and Sound Desk in the main theatre auditorium and in the summer of 2015 was fetched and taken to the Old Village following the collapse of John... Read more...

Latest Prize Draw winners

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FOST Member's Draw winners

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