A fresh start

St George’s Guildhall is the only working theatre to claim Shakespeare performed there. Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust plans to renovate and secure the historic buildings so that this wonderful building has a sustainable future providing a venue for the arts – particularly theatrical performance, education and research. Browse our website to discover the Guildhall’s history, our plans for its future and ways in which you can support our work.

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