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Thanks to all for your support- please help us grow our audience over the summer by sharing this newsletter with your friends. This month's production of Macbeth is set to be one of our best ever- pacy, dramatic, gory, and with great special effects. We also report on our various exciting refurbishment plans. By "Panto Time", we should have a completely refurbished auditorium!
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Thanks to a grant from Allerdale, and many generous donations from individuals, our new roof is on its way.
Upcoming Productions
Macbeth is a psychological thriller about man who lies, cheats  and kills to fulfil his ambition. "I am stepped in blood so far that to go back were as tedious as go o'er"  We watch as the Macbeths fall apart leaving blood and devastation in their wake.

The adventurous and ambitious company at the John Peel Community Theatre is presenting its third annual Shakespeare Play. This innovative, spectacular and fast paced production will hold you spellbound.

Come and be thrilled, scared and appalled. Will these hands never be clean?

28th, 29th, 30th August
Diary  Dates
28th, 29th, 30th August - Macbeth 7.30

Early September- extra schools performance of Macbeth TBC

Please note: No Open Mic in September

4th October- Open Mic Night

1st November- Open Mic Night

2nd - 8th December- Scrooge the Panto
We have been working hard on our website this month. We are really pleased to have been able to add galleries for the first 12 productions of Wigton Theatre Club in the 1950s. You can see this archive at

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Easton's in High Street Wigton
016973 42521
Did  you  know ?
William Shakespeare's play Macbeth is said to be cursed, so actors often avoid saying its name when in the theatre (the euphemism "The Scottish Play" is used instead). Actors also avoid even quoting the lines from Macbeth before performances, particularly the Witches' incantations. Outside a theatre and after a performance, the play can be spoken of openly. If an actor speaks the name "Macbeth" in a theatre prior to one of the performances, they are required to perform a ritual to remove the curse. The ritual may vary according to local custom: one is to leave the theatre building, or at least the room occupied when the name was mentioned, spin around three times, spit, curse, and then knock to be allowed back in. 

One hypothesis for the origin of this superstition is that Macbeth, being a popular play, was commonly put on by theatres in financial trouble, or that the high production costs of Macbeth put theatres in financial trouble, and hence an association was made between a production of Macbeth and theatres going out of business.

According to English actor Sir Donald Sinden, there’s another reason that the Scottish Play seems to be cursed, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the play being Shakespeare’s “unluckiest”

Historically, each town in England had at least one theatre showing famous plays. If one play wasn’t drawing in a lot of money for the theatre, it would be replaced with a crowd favourite. As it so happens, Macbeth was historically an extremely popular play. It guaranteed a full-house. It was one of the most common plays to replace flops across the country. Eventually, the superstition begun that even mentioning the name of “Macbeth” inside a theatre would cause the current play to fall apart and warrant replacement.


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