Sutton Arts Theatre

About Us


Welcome to Sutton Arts Theatre, located in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield. Whether you are seeking information about our productions, booking tickets or just browsing we are sure you will find our web site interesting and easy to use. Although we are an amateur theatre we are renowned for our high quality, award- winning productions and each season we provide a variety of dramatic productions to suit all tastes including a pantomime and a musical.

We also have social and fund-raising events throughout the season and a function room with bar facilities where you can relax in a friendly atmosphere. You can become a member of the Theatre, and enjoy the benefit of reduced tickets prices and make new acquaintances.

The Theatre is run by volunteers and we are always pleased to welcome new helpers in all aspects of Theatre business so if you want to get involved in any capacity, call or send an email.


The History of Sutton Arts Theatre

The story of Sutton Arts Theatre started one evening in 1944 when Paul Rice called unexpectedly with a proposition to put to Bill Wesley Harkcom. Paul intended to produce a play somewhere in Sutton Coldfield and was having trouble finding a leading man.

Wesley Harkcom was an experienced actor and after a long discussion he agreed to take the lead. So began a long and fruitful friendship.

In 1946 Sutton Arts Council was formed, after the Libraries and Arts committees of Sutton invited representatives of local dramatic societies to form a central body. This amalgamation resulted in the new company producing three plays a year. Sutton Town Hall continued to be used to stage the productions.

The high quality productions continued and in 1997 the theatre took a significant step towards securing its future when the freehold of the site was purchased from Birmingham City Council.