Market Harborough
U3A Millennium Tapestry

Home of the Market Harborough Drama Society which was formed in 1933. The Society had used various halls throughout the town until they were able to acquire the lease on the building pictured in 1962. The ground floor was still being used then as a garage and cycle shed for Symington's Corset Factory. In 1968 fund-raising began to enable them to buy the whole building and convert it into a small, but properly fitted out theatre in 1970. The striking Harlequin sculpture is by a well-known local artist, Ralph Thurston. The Society puts on about six productions a year, and the building is also used for events and productions by other groups. In May 1999, a performance of 'The Good Companions' was played to a full house, as a benefit to raise money for the tapestry. The small building to the left is to be taken over and converted, so that the theatre can expand and improve its premises.   


Title Embroiderer Designer
The Harborough Theatre Peggy Hartley Angela Newport (sketch by Olwyn Hughes)