What better day to reboot the Gateway Theatre blog than 1 December; the start of the season of good cheer, great kindness and goodwill to all men (and women). It is also, of course, the season of spending money like it’s going out of fashion, buying gifts for those difficult people who seem to have everything, but will absolutely moan if they’re not given something; the season that precedes the season of returns, refunds, exchanges, and the charity shops being given large quantities of last year’s cast-offs or the gifts people were given that they politely accepted with no intention of keeping.


Which is why we have the answer!


We can guarantee our gift will be welcomed by everyone, no matter who they are, or their taste in Christmas jumpers; I am of course talking about a Gateway Theatre Gift Voucher.


You can buy different denominations, we even have a Christmas themed one, and birthday come to that, for those people born around the same time as the big day, and who always get short-changed on the present front.


Our theatre vouchers can be exchanged for, or go towards the cost of a ticket to any of our events, and given we have a programme that has something for everyone, their only problem will be deciding what to come and see!


But what else can I tell you?


I won’t attempt to look back over the past 12 months, that would need a blog the size of War and Peace, but since reopening following the dark days of COVID, our programme has expanded significantly, including our regular cinema feature, NTL and ROH screenings, live theatre and music, and community productions. The number of local community groups has also grown, including Mandy Saunders Tea & Chat which has proved very popular, especially with the additional COVID booster service!


I have always said you can’t please all the people all the time, but I think the Gateway Theatre is not far off doing just that, but all that we do, we do for you, and as a charity and community based venue that is at the heart of the town, surrounding area and beyond, we are always striving to do our best.


On a final note, we would like to say a very big thank you to the incredible team of volunteers who help to make the magic happen. We simply would not be able to survive without them, they are lifeblood of the theatre.


And of course, a big thank you to everyone who continues to support us, whether it’s buying tickets, a drink from the bar, or donating to our fundraising.


The Gateway Theatre wishes you all the very merriest Christmas and happiest New Year!