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May 2019


Michael Beston

Community Action Awards 2019

You will be pleased to know that the Friends of Shanklin Theatre, after submitting their 2019 Community Action Awards application, had been shortlisted in the ‘Arts and Heritage category’.

On the 14th May, we presented all the good work carried out by our volunteers over the last year to the CAA Judges.

May 2019


Michael Beston

Shanklin Theatre Supporting Walk the Wight 2019 - 12th May 2019

Congratulations to everyone for talking part in, and contributing to ‘Walk the Wight’ on Sunday 12th May 2019.

More than 1,100 walkers signed up on the day, taking the overall total to more than 8,000 in Mountbatten’s flagship fundraiser and the largest throughout the Walking Festival.

May 2019


Michael Beston

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre Patrons Evening 2019 - 7th May 2019

On the 7th May 2019, the Friends of Shanklin Theatre committee held it’s very first ‘Patrons’ evening at Shanklin Theatre.

May 2019


Michael Beston

The Friends of Shanklin Coast to Country - 6th May 2019

On Monday 6th May, the Friends of Shanklin Theatre completed the first of two 'Coast to Country Walks' as part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 4th-19th May 2019.

Feb 2019


Michael Beston

FOST Volunteer Thank You Evening - 6th February 2019

During February this year over 100 FOST volunteers braved the wet weather to attend a ‘Volunteer Thank You’ evening at the Theatre.

Jan 2019


Michael Beston

Shanklin Theatre is ‘on the map’ of 2019 Isle of Wight Walking Festival

As part of the Walking festival, a group of FOST volunteers will be leading a walk around Shanklin stopping at Shanklin Theatre for refreshments.

Dec 2018


Michael Beston

FOST Poppy Pin Donation to Royal British Legion Shanklin Branch

As part of the FOST commitment throughout our Poppy Pin sales initiative, it was agreed to donate £1,550.00 to a designated local organisation.

Nov 2018


Michael Beston

Shanklin’s Shoppers Raise £5,902.46 to Help Maintain Town’s Theatre

We are delighted to announce that The Friends of Shanklin Theatre today received the final payment from this year's Co-op Causes Initiative 2017-2018 of £5,902.46.

Oct 2018


Michael Beston

10th Anniversary Celebrations

On the 2nd October 2018, Shanklin Theatre celebrated its 10th Anniversary of saving the theatre from closure and possible demolition. This milestone celebration marked a decade since a small band of dedicated volunteers saved Shanklin Theatre from closure.

Sept 2018


Tony Wood

Trip Advisor Hall of Fame 2018

We are delighted to announce that Shanklin Theatre has been recognised as TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame” winners 2018.

August 2018

Michael Beston

Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Poppy Pin

We have commissioned these beautiful, limited edition, 10th Anniversary of saving Shanklin Theatre Poppy Pin.

August 2018

Michael Beston

10th Anniversary Celebration Variety Show 2nd October 2018

Shanklin Theatre Celebrates 10 Years of Saving the Theatre from Closure with a Special Celebration Variety Show.

August 2018

Michael Beston

Introducing Amazon Smile

Do you shop on-line using Amazon? Of course you do, many people do. Would you like Amazon to donate money to Shanklin Theatre every time you make on-line purchases?

August 2018

Michael Beston

Upgrading Theatre Dimmers

When a show takes place at the Theatre, lighting effects contribute greatly to the overall experience of the show. Whether dark and sombre or bright and colourful, the lighting must be ‘programmed’ by deciding which lights come on when, and also how bright they are at any time.

August 2018

Michael Beston

Haven Hall National Garden Scheme Open Day 28th July

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre Catering team have once again been invited to provide refreshments for an NGS Open Garden, this time by FOST members David & Arielle Barratt at their luxury boutique hotel at Haven Hall in Shanklin.

August 2018

Michael Beston

FOST Attends the Main Shanklin Carnival 2018

Many thanks to everyone that came down and supported us at the 2018 Shanklin Main Carnival on Wednesday 1st August, the Friends had a great time handing out flyers and information on all our up-coming shows and events. They also collected much needed funds that will ensure Shanklin has a Carnival for 2019!

July 2018

Michael Beston

Local Community News UPDATE!

On the 21st July 2018, The Friends of Shanklin Theatre were presented with a cheque for £180.00 from the manager at the Co-op store in Landguard Road. Back in June this year, the Friends helped raise money for the Local Co-op Causes Initiative. Between the three causes over a period of seven days – Daisy Chains IW Children’s Charity – Rylstone Chalet Restoration and the Friends of Shanklin Theatre Window Restoration we managed to raise a magnificent £540.00!

July 2018

Michael Beston

Shanklin’s Shoppers Helping to Maintain Town’s Theatre

On the 23rd June 2018, The Friends of Shanklin Theatre helped raise money for the Local Co-op Causes Initiative at the Landguard Road store. All the money raised on the day was divided and donated to all three local causes: Daisy Chains IW Children’s Charity, Rylstone Chalet Restoration and the Friends of Shanklin Theatre to help restore and replace the listed historic windows.

June 2018

Jacqui Robertson

David Kast Podcast Interview with Vectis Radio

Click below to listen to the podcast interview with Shanklin Theatre’s newly appointed MD David Kast. David talks to Kevin Wilson about the Friends of the theatre, volunteering and the theatre in general.

June 2018

Jacqui Robertson

Community Action Awards 2018

Fantastic news! The Friends of Shanklin Theatre were selected as Winner of the Isle of Wight 2018 Community Action Awards for the Arts & Heritage category and Overall Runner-Up from over 60 nominations. Our thanks go to all our loyal, hardworking and dedicated volunteers for this achievement.

June 2018

Michael Beston

Shanklin Theatre Earns the 2018 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

11th June 2018, Shanklin Theatre and Community Trust Secretary Anthony Wood today announced that it has received the 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

May 2018

Michael Beston

Shanklin Theatre 10 Year Celebrations

Shanklin Theatre 10 Year Celebration Tuesday 2nd October – 7.30pm Shanklin Theatre celebrates 10 years of saving the theatre from closure with a special celebration variety show. At this non-profit show: Receive a free souvenir programme in addition to other souvenirs to take home. Watch a number of island acts perform – both professional and …

May 2018

Michael Beston

Garden Party Raffle Ticket Winner

The lucky winner is Wendy Bliss.

If you intend to go to the Garden Party, please purchase your tickets before the end of this month as the hotel would like to know the number of attendees for catering purposes.

May 2018

Michael Beston

Volunteer co-ordinator

A new role of volunteer co-ordinator has now been filled by Neil Hedges who is now on the FOST committee.

As you know Neil’s role was mainly focussed on recruitment of new volunteers, issuing car park passes and more recently issuing ID badges. Neil will now take on all the communication relating specifically to volunteers as well as recording attendance to training sessions.

March 2018

Michael Beston

Memories of Ken Dodd

We were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd on the 11 March 2018. Ken graced our stage back in 2014 and performed (until midnight) to a full theatre...

March 2018

Michael Beston

Co-Op Causes Cheque

The Friends of Shanklin Theatre (FOST) Chairman David Kast & Vice Chairman Beston met with the Shanklin Landguard Road Co-op branch manager Simon Thompson.

March 2018

Michael Beston

Jimmy Osmond Tweets

Jimmy was so impressed by his meal that he Tweeted a picture of himself with the Catering Team and as he called it, ‘their Yummy Pavlova’.

March 2018

Michael Beston

FOST 2018 AGM

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Friends of Shanklin Theatre will be held on Monday 16th April 2018 at 7.30pm.

February 2018

Michael Beston

Shows with FOST Discount

A series of shows are now eligible for FOST member discount. Purchase at the box office or via phone. Online booking not possible.

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