Built and run entirely by members, we’re all about providing high-quality, affordable theatre to the local community. We’ve been delighting audiences for more than fifty years, mostly through the work of our resident production company, the widely-acclaimed Company of Ten.

The Theatre also welcomes visiting professional and amateur groups, which helps provide a truly diverse programme of events throughout the year. So whether your taste is for comedy or tragedy, classics or rarities, costume-drama or modern dress, our season should have something for you.

The Theatre’s foundation stone was laid by the actor Sir Michael Redgrave in 1967, and when the theatre was completed in 1968 it was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. (That first performance was The Recruiting Officer, and Her Majesty enjoyed it from the comfort of seat C9.) Our current patron is Mike Newell, the BAFTA-winning director of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A Sennheiser hearing assistance system operates in both the Main Stage and the Studio
  • AD provision please call the theatre for more information
  • Licensed bar
  • Parking rates may apply


Abbey Theatre
Westminster Lodge
Holywell Hill
St Albans AL1 2DL

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