Seaton Gateway Theatre Company

Fore Street, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2LD

Registered Charity 1167779

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The Gateway

The Gateway Theatre is a public building and was at risk of being sold off in 2010. A group of local residents worked together to take over the general running of the building and over the years have established it as an increasingly popular multifunctional venue. The group obtained a 30 year rolling lease in 2016 and Charitable status soon after.

The aim of the charity is to promote Arts & Culture within Seaton and the surrounding areas and to provide a venue for the numerous community activities and events. The wide and varied entertainment programme in turn helps to pay most of the upkeep of the  buildings, ensuring it is available for community programmes.

We currently have over 100 regular community hirers. This ranges from toddler groups, keep fit for the active and less active, dance classes, a wide variety of specialist interest groups and provision for local clubs and groups to fundraise through their own events.

We work with local schools providing work experience in venue and stage management. We also provide the opportunity for youths to join our workshops in Theatre Productions with our Sound and Lighting Technician Paul Hodgkiss. We are working towards having a Youth Theatre, incorporating Drama, Dance and Music Lessons.

We are in the process of applying for funding to fully refurbish the building to ensure it meets all the necessary requirements for future generations to come.

Becoming a Patron

We would like to acknowledge the kind support we have received from many individuals including those who have since become patrons or made donations and bequests. Your help by becoming a Patron is invaluable, as it helps us to maintain the organisations stability for the future.

You can become a Patron for as little as £20 a year. You can donate by direct debit either monthly or yearly by kindly completing the Patron’s Registration Form. Please phone (details below) or email us and we will send you the form.

If you wish to discuss this further, then please contact me Elga Mackie (Operations Manager) by

email   or   call 01297 625 699

We really appreciate your help….THANK YOU.

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Directors and Trustees

The Seaton Gateway Theatre charity has six Trustees who are also Directors of the organisation

Alan Nicholas (Chair) 

Paul Hotchkiss

Barbara Deardon Potter (BEM) 

Carol Manley 

Rachel Weber

Bhindu Usher

Management and Administration

Responsible for scheduling, marketing, day to day running of all activities & general maintenance

Elga Mackie - Operations Manager

Annette Bentley – Hospitality Manager

Mary Bowles – Administration & Volunteer Co-ordinator

Nigel Couzins – Scheduling & Marketing 


We also have a team of over 50 volunteers who play an active role in the running of the building and all it’s activities as well as providing invaluable advice and support.

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Company Information

Company’s Registration Name & Number

The Gateway Theatre Company

Registered Number : 07211476

Registered charity : 1167779

Place of Registration

Companies House, Cardiff

Registered Office Address

Thomas Wescott Chartered Accountant

Salcombe House

25 Fore Street


EX12 2LE

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