Our Vision . . .

. . . is for the restoration and development of St George’s Guildhall – Britain’s oldest working theatre and the only theatre in the world that can claim Shakespeare performed there – to create a sustainable mixed-use performance, arts and cultural centre; heritage attraction of national significance and  a great economic, education and cultural asset for the town.

By integrating the management of all aspects of the site – from road to river, from performance to catering – a culturally vibrant and sustainable business can be created.

Keeping Britain’s oldest working theatre working

St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn is the largest 15th Century guildhall in England. The Guildhall Theatre is the oldest working theatre in the UK and is the only theatre that can claim to have hosted Shakespeare. It is currently owned by the National Trust and leased to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk but it currently faces an uncertain future. Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust was founded with the single purpose of establishing a sustainable future for the whole site that will keep the Guildhall working for the benefit of the whole community and for future generations.

See our vision for the future of the Guildhall

The rich history of the Guildhall

Learn about the trustees & volunteers of SGT