Welcome to The Seagull Community Interest Theatre
The Seagull reopened at the end of February 2009 and has re-established itself as an important performing arts venue, offering a diverse range of shows, classes and workshops. The Seagull is a ‘not for profit’ community interest company working for and with the community to create opportunities within the arts, offer support, classes and of course several shows to the public a week. We also have a strong education team working with area schools and colleges, including on site and outreach work.
Please contact us anytime and our dedicated team of volunteers will endeavour to assist you with any queries and ideas that you may have. The Seagull is YOUR community venue, and we need to work with and for you to ensure this vital resource continues to thrive and contribute quality programming, facilities and opportunities to the area.
The Seagull is a small theatre in Pakefield, Lowestoft which plays host to a regular stream of local talent, regional and national touring theatre companies. The theatre runs it’s own in-house production company known as The Seagull Rep.
The Seagull Theatre was originally a junior day school; The Morton Road School until the early 60s, where it was converted to the current building that exists today. Morton Road School in Pakefield was later opened in 1967 as The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. The design of the building is of Victorian origin.
In 2006, Suffolk County Council decided to withdraw their funding to the theatre which caused its temporary closure. As a result of this the SOS (‘Save our Seagull’) group was formed, the patrons of which are oscar-winning Dame Judi Dench and Desmond Barrit. Dame Judi Dench pledged to support campaigners fighting to save the theatre.
The theatre soon opened up again in 2007 under the rebrand ‘The Seagull’. Since the theatre has re-opened, the auditorium has been refurbished and work continues on the external building. In October 2009, the theatre sourced a grant for new technical equipment as part of continued re-development.