Local history book raises funds for the Blakehay Theatre

A new, limited-edition book about the history of the Blakehay Theatre in Weston-super-Mare has been launched and will raise funds for the theatre which is currently closed due to COVID-19.

The book written by local historian John Crockford-Hawley tells the journey of this beautiful building in the heart of the town, from its beginnings in 1850 to being awarded ‘Best Evening Out’ in 2020.

The book costs £2 and is published in full colour with stunning pictures that have been meticulously researched after many of the historical documents were lost in flames during WWII. It provides a fascinating historical record of one of the most important buildings in the heart of Weston and is an important addition to John Crockford-Hawley’s extensive collection of local history books.

All proceeds from the sale of these limited edition copies will go towards helping the Blakehay during these difficult and uncertain times for live theatre and will enable the purchase of equipment to bring the theatre out of the building until it is able to open again.

The book is on sale in the shop at the Blakehay’s sister site Weston Museum in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, open Thursday to Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.

It can also be purchased online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/blakehaytheatre/t-qpperr or through the theatre website https://www.blakehaytheatre.co.uk. The book will be posted to purchasers or can be picked up via click & collect from Weston Museum. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on blakehay@wsm-tc.gov.uk

The Blakehay Theatre offers a stimulating, diverse and inclusive programme of locally produced and touring work at the heart of Weston’s cultural life, appealing to theatregoers of all generations and promoting a creative hub for artists and performers in the local area and a cultural home for fans of the arts.

The venue needs continued public support to help sustain and grow its vision through ticket sales, personal donations, sponsorship and help in spreading the word.