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Worcester Live is a registered charity, which runs Huntingdon Hall and The Swan Theatre in Worcester. The organisation is the main arts provider in the city and also runs annual outdoor Shakespeare at the Commandery, Shakespeare at the Cathedral and the Ghost Walks of Worcester.
The organisation relies heavily on charitable donations to exist, including arts grants, money from trusts, legacies and other fundraising events and organisations. Without the generosity of organisations and individuals both in terms of financial and practical help, the organisation simply couldn’t survive.
Huntingdon Hall is Worcester’s premier live music and entertainment venue. Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel was a thriving Methodist church in the early 18th Century. By 1970, the building closed as a chapel until the late 1970s when it was purchased by the City Council with the view of redeveloping the site. With financial support from the City and County Councils, Huntingdon Hall re-opened in 1987 as a concert venue. 25 years later and Huntingdon Hall is a leading venue for folk music, is becoming increasingly well known for great comedy and welcomes all types of entertainment; classical music, jazz and blues as well as spoken word events.
The Swan Theatre
A financially failing Swan Theatre was taken over by Huntingdon Arts Ltd in 2003 and brought it back to life in a transformation from a producing house to a theatre welcoming touring theatre, offering a home to amateur groups and available to hire. The Swan today offers a full programme of entertainment; professional theatre, dance, amateur theatre, live music, spoken word events and comedy. Following a much-needed internal refurbishment in 2009, The Swan continues to go from strength to strength.
Henry Sandon Hall
The Henry Sandon Hall will be a new arts venue on Worcester’s famous Royal Porcelain Works site. It is due to open in Autumn 2017. It will seat up to 144 people and will stage an eclectic mix of live events and exhibitions. The live events will include acoustic music, film (including the start of a new film club), talks on a variety of subjects, product launches, antique fairs, joint events and new initiatives with the Museum of Royal Worcester, exhibitions of local artists and much more. There will be a new café on site and on summer weekends, the possibility of music outside. The Hall will also be available for hiring. The Hall is being built by the Bransford Trust and will be run by Worcester Live.
The Swan Theatre is home to many amateur dramatics groups including the Swan Theatre Amateur Company, and runs award winning Youth Theatre groups throughout the year in term time for children from ages 5-18. The theatre also runs dance classes for people of all ages and dance abilities – from toddlers through to the over 50s.
Worcester Live has recently launched the Swan Theatre School, a one-year foundation course in professional acting. Taught by industry professionals, the course aims to provide aspiring actors with the help and support they need to either apply to drama schools or go straight in to the industry.
Selected tickets for most events are available to buy online, via the links or through www.ticketweb.co.uk. If you'd like to choose a particular seat,
contact our Box Office directly. Please note additional booking and postage charges may apply.