is a non profit-making company, with the specific brief to employ older actors,
directors and writers in sensibly paid, high quality work.
The decision to form the company was inspired by senior members of the
profession who are often disappointed by a perceived tendency of companies
to choose plays without good roles for older actors, and a bias against casting
older actors in roles to which they would be perfectly suited.
Our contact with seniors' organisations has also revealed a strong interest in
seeing theatre which has a particular relevance to them. Prime Theatre has
responded to this interest by devising a series of revue-style entertainments,
taking them to community establishments for older people.
Prime Theatre aims to attract the attention of people in their retirement years,
as well as regular theatre goers, with productions which will have appeal for a
The first project for Prime Theatre was Old World, by Aleksei Arbuzov.
It was premiered in the UK by the RSC in 1976, with Peggy Ashcroft and
Anthony Quayle to great critical acclaim. Prime Theatre's production, which
starred Ros Liddiard and Kevin Colson, toured to great acclaim in 2007.
(see Old World Page).
Prime Theatre has been very fortunate to receive grants from both the
National Lottery (Awards for All) and Arts Council (England).
In addition, a number of local authorities in Hampshire, including
Hampshire County Council, have supported Prime Theatre with
Old World and the associated nostalgia entertainment
Thanks for the Memory.
Prime Theatre will continue to seek further public and commercial funding
to fully support their future projects.
Prime Theatre is proud to have the patronage of distinguished
TV, film and stage actors:
Roy Dotrice OBE, Edward Woodward OBE and Michele Dotrice