We are a friendly, theatre appreciation group based in Wimbledon.
We were formed some 50 years ago with the purpose of saving Wimbledon Theatre from extinction. While still supporting New Wimbledon Theatre today we have evolved into a thriving group of theatre goers who meet regularly not only to enjoy theatre productions but also to participate in various activities from backstage tours to monthly meetings in Wimbledon for informal talks.
We were founded in 1968. Back then Wimbledon Theatre was going through turbulent times. The lease was due to run out and if the theatre were to stay open it badly needed repairs. However when the future of the theatre was discussed at the Wimbledon and District Consumer Group, Mavis Oswald proposed the formation of a theatre club to keep the theatre going. On 8th November 1968 the Friends of Wimbledon Theatre began.
From the beginning Friends of Wimbledon Theatre enjoyed cooperation from actors, directors, musicians and writers. The actress Thelma Ruby was our first President later to be followed by the writer David Wood and the actress Dame June Whitfield, DBE
Although New Wimbledon Theatre is now part of Ambassador Theatre Group, supporting the theatre is still high on our agenda.
I am and always have been, full of admiration for all that the Founder Friends have accomplished together as an organisation. You are all so committed which is indeed inspiring to see and I will do all I can to make you proud of me and to work closely with you to continue your warm, comradeship and success.
Founder Friends of New Wimbledon Theatre
137 Poplar Road South
020 8540 6578