Barn Theatre and Pear Tree Cottage
In 1983 the Seaford and District Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society seized an opportunity of acquiring the lease of a derelict barn and cottage in Steyne Road. The first show performed at the new venue was Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’ in May of the same year. With the help of grants, endless fundraising, and very generous donations from its members and the public alike, the site was subsequently purchased in 1985 and an extension was built to house the stage, foyer, bar and dressing rooms. This was now to be known as The Barn Theatre.
A major contribution from Seaford Film Society enabled the Society to increase the size of the lighting/projection booth in order to house film projectors in addition to lighting and sound consoles. On 6th November 1999, a gala re-opening was held to unveil the theatre’s ‘new’ tiered seating and carpets which were gifted as the result of a refit at The Dome Theatre, Brighton.
Since then it has changed its name to the Seaford Musical Theatre and has also ventured into regularly offering mainstream films.
Pass the pedestrian steps to the Theatre entrance to the other entrance to the car park. Turn left onto the very narrow Saxon Lane where a very traditional flint wall leads down to the 18thC Pear Tree Cottage. From the front this appears as a comfortable, small, historic house, but because of the lie of the land the back shows its full height.
Continue down Saxon Lane, cross Steyne Road and walk down College Road to the green area to the right.