The Sarah Thorne Theatre, located in East Kent, was named after the actress Sarah Thorne, who passed away in 1899. The theatre was created to bring the joy of the stage to people in the local area and beyond, following her tradition and style.
So who was Sarah Thorne?
Sarah was born in 1836 in London; her father was an actor and theatre manager, so treading the boards was in her blood. She was just 12 years old when she made her acting debut in a pantomime that her father was producing at his theatre. Over time she toured the country putting on shows going north into Scotland and as far south as Jersey. During her lifetime she became the theatre manager of Margate’s Theatre Royal, then in 1885, she opened her own acting school, which is considered to be the first official drama school in the country. After her passing her son took over the lease of the theatres that Sarah ran in Margate and Chatham.
What events are there?
You could be lucky enough to see shows such as a tribute to Peggy Lee, Sleeping Beauty, Pirates of Penzance, or even a murder mystery. If you are looking for something totally different then there is always belly dancing! You can book online, on the phone, or by visiting the box office in person.
I’m making a special trip, what else can I do?
If you are travelling a fair distance to see a show at the Sarah Thorne Theatre, you may want to stay over for a few nights and enjoy the many delights of Broadstairs and Margate. There are many great places to get a meal and a few drinks, and you can visit one of the local casinos to hopefully win your fortune. Casinos also run events, so if you plan right you can get the best of both worlds.