The Kirk Theatre is supported by many volunteers who contribute time and effort into the continual day to day running of the Theatre.
Our Operating company and resident Theatre company is Pickering Musical Society, who purchased the building over thirty years ago and have been based here ever since.
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HISTORY OF THE KIRK THEATRE
The theatre building is the former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. In 1982 the chapel was transformed into the theatre and after some discussion it was decided that the name would be The Kirk Theatre, for three reasons, the first being that the societies original rehearsal rooms were on Kirkham Lane in Pickering. The Second Kirk having connotations to religious buildings and thirdly named after the societies founder member Mrs. Kirk (wife of Dr. Kirk of the Kirk Collection, York Castle Museum).
The theatre was run managed and maintained as it is today by the PMS management committee, theatre manager, assistant theatre manager and many more volunteers. It is a proud tradition that all aspects of the theatre are run solely by passionate volunteers giving up their time to ensure the theatre keeps on going.
Over the years that followed the theatre was home to PMS and was used as a base and venue for their performances. In more recent times it was felt by PMS and the previous theatre manager that venue hire would be a great source of income to the building and also boost the image of the theatre within the local community.