The 53 Theatre Group is an amateur theatre group based in Sheffield. It was originally formed on 6th March 1953 by two keen AmDram enthusiasts Charles and Kitty Sellars after attending a course run by Dilys Guite at the Lantern Theatre. They were inspired to form a new dramatic society, advertised for members and, two weeks later, had 25 budding recruits. The first production was "Hay Fever" by Noel Coward which took place in September of the same year at the Blind Institute in Mappin Street. This continued to be the venue until 1962 when the group moved to the newly reopened Library Theatre with its brand new raked seating and improved stage facilities. A SADATA production of "Under Milk Wood" marked the opening of the theatre in which some of the group's members took part.
Regular meetings are held weekly throughout the year, currently on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm at Lansdowne Chapel, Cemetery Road, Sheffield, S11 8FP.
We are always pleased to welcome new members, whether with acting ambitions or interest in backstage work. Prospective members are very welcome to attend any of our regular Thursday meetings.
The group normally produces two plays each year at the Library Theatre in Sheffield, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. In addition, we usually participate in the annual One Act Play Festival usually organised in June by SADATA (The Sheffield and District Amateur Theatre Association).