The Abbey Theatre Club has been in its current location since 1964. Originally an old 'hackle' store, the distinctive sandstone building had also been used as the offices of the Old Arbroath Gas Company and a fire appliance store during the war. Extensive renovations turned this derelict building into a working theatre.
Following a complete refurbishment in 1995 with the help of National Lottery Funding, the theatre now boasts a 79 seater auditorium, full backstage dressing facilities, 2 coffee-lounges and extensive storage space for scenery, props and costumes.
The Abbey Theatre Club produces a number of plays every year, including a pantomime which is often a completely original production. Productions cover a wide range of tastes, from Scots comedies to thrillers and musical plays. The Club also has an active youth group.
Run as a charity with no outside funding, the running of the Abbey Theatre Club and the upkeep of the building is the effort and responsibility of a very hard working group of volunteers who are passionate about the theatre.
Tours of backstage area will be available.