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Garden Suburb Theatre

The early residents of the Suburb first began to stage plays in 1908, just one year after the foundation of the Suburb itself.  In 1910 they performed a large-scale outdoor pageant: The Masque of Fairthorpe, an allegory about the creation of the Suburb. This and other pageants were organised by a committee, which in 1920 formed itself into The Play and Pageant Union, with Henrietta Barnett as its first President. In 1966 this society merged with another Suburb group, the Speedwell Players, to form the Hampstead Garden Suburb Dramatic Society. In 1992 the group adopted its present name, Garden Suburb Theatre.

The group stages five productions a year of plays of all types and from all eras. Members range in age from six to ninety plus. At least one performance each year incorporates a large number of children in the cast, reflecting the early origins of community involvement. Likewise, the summer production is performed in the much loved amphitheatre in Little Wood tucked between Oakwood Road and Denman Drive, harking back to the pageants performed by the Play & Pageant Union.

For GST’s growing digital archive see The Garden Suburb Theatre digital archive, and for its current activities see The Garden Suburb Theatre

Garden Suburb Theatre
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Website: www.gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk
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Residents began to stage plays in the Garden Suburb Theatre as early as just one year after being established.

A larger production titled “The Masque of Fairthorpe” was performed as an allegory to the creation of the suburb.

Residents and other pageants formed to make The Play & Pageant Union, with Henrietta Barnett as the first president.

The Play & Pageant Union form and the Speedwell Players merged to create The Hampstead Garden Suburb Dramatic Society.

The merged society now established themselves as the Garden Suburb Theatre.

Members, ranging from six to ninety plus, stage five productions a year with summer productions held in the same location as those performed by The Play & Pageant Union.

The Comedy of Errors was the last play the Union performed before joining with the Speedwell Players to form the Garden Suburb Theatre

The Garden Suburb Theatre put on a number of performances for the Suburb's 100th anniversary