Welcome to the Coach House Theatre
A New Theatre for Malvern
The Coach House Theatre has been developed by Malvern Theatre Players’ to provide an affordable venue for community arts activities.
The Victorian building was originally the stables and coach house for a large house, The Grange, next door. It was used as a store and garage by Malvern Hills District Council and, for a time, as a scenery store for Malvern Theatres and Malvern Theatre Players.
In about 1984 the building was condemned as unsafe and scheduled for demolition. Local residents campaigned to save the building and Malvern Theatre Players were then allowed to fund the reinforcement of the structure and to continue to store scenery and props. Subsequent improvements including re-roofing, and the installation of electricity and new floors enabled use as a workshop for productions staged at Malvern Theatres.
In 1997 the building, which had now been protected by Grade II listing, was extended to provide enlarged workshop facilities, offices and props stores. This work was funded equally by Malvern Hills District Council and Malvern Theatre Players. At the same time Malvern Theatre Association funded the refurbishment of an associated building to provide a much needed meeting and gallery space which was named for the famous producer / director / designer Sir Barry Jackson who was responsible for building the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Malvern Festivals (1929 – 1939) which showcased many plays by Bernard Shaw.
In 2002 Malvern Theatre Players obtained planning consent to further develop the buildings by adding a foyer and associated facilities, dressing rooms, control room, new floors and other improvements to allow use as a studio theatre. The work, much of which was carried out by Malvern Theatre Players members, was completed in 2005 and fully opened in May 2006 with a production of Billy Liar. Principal contributors to the cost of the final conversion and continuing improvements have included the National Lottery, the Elmley Foundation and Arts Council England.