The Criterion Theatre is a 120-seat theatre privately owned by its membership, originally the Criterion Players. The majority of our members are from Coventry with a few from the greater Warwickshire area. Membership falls into two categories – Club and Company. There is no limit to how many members can join and no entry requirement.
In 2003 the impresario Pete Waterman became a patron of the Criterion Theatre and was joined in 2004 by the renowned actor Ron Cook (an ex-member of the Criterion).
There are 8 main house productions each year, one of which is by our Youth Group, plus visits from other theatre groups and folk concerts. The company also runs workshops for experienced and non-experienced members and Saturday morning classes for juniors. The building is also available for lettings, as are a number of assets: lighting system, wardrobe, props etc.
The Criterion Theatre relies on the effort and time of volunteers. There are no paid employees. Much time and effort has been invested in recent years to make the theatre an important part of the community of Earlsdon as well as providing quality theatre to a wider audience.