In Spring 1943 a new Stamford drama group performed ‘Man of Destiny’ in the High School Hall. Membership of Stamford Music & Drama Club was 7/6d for adults and 3/6d for junior members. The group performed two plays each year at a variety of venues: Stamford School, George Hotel Gardens, Corn Exchange Bourne, finally working mainly from the Darby & Joan Hall in Broad Street.

In September 1959 Stamford Music & Drama Club became Stamford Amateur Stage, performing up to five productions a year. In March 1963, company’s name was changed to Shoestring Theatre – because it seemed that every production was run on a shoestring budget. Shoestring finally established a permanent home in the delightful Georgian Stamford Theatre in 1978 where it remains to this day as the resident company at Stamford Arts Centre.

We offer a wide range of drama from classical to contemporary and try to include at least one “A” Level playwright in our annual programme. We stage four productions a year together with occasional road-shows, workshops and play-readings. We like to ring the changes and our public seem to like it too: the leading actors in one production will often be found selling programmes or sweeping the stage in the next. We are proud of the wealth of talent amongst our members not just centre stage but also in stage design, lighting, sound and costume.

To find out more about Shoestring Theatre email our Chairman on

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