(behind the car park near Malvern Theatres)
The Coach House is a small theatre (seating capacity 60 – 70) in the middle of Malvern, which has provided a setting for a wide variety of drama and musical presentations since it opened in 2006. The Malvern Theatre Players is the resident company, and they put on three plays a year of a near-professional standard, including a play aimed at families for two weeks at Christmas.
The Coach House is a registered Charity, whose objectives are to provide a high quality performing space for groups both amateur and professional, and also to look after and maintain a historic building in the centre of Malvern. As its name implies the building was once coach house to a nearby mansion. When the group that now runs it began to take an interest the building was in a sorry state and being considered for demolition. Initially the MHDC was persuaded to allow it to be used for scenery building in return for a small rent and some work on the structure. Now the Coach House has become a successful theatre, the building is fully restored and improved, and the charity owns the freehold. Thus a far-sighted initiative has rescued a historic building and turned it into an excellent extra amenity for Malvern and its inhabitants.
A few years ago the Coach House installed equipment enabling it to show films to a professional standard. After consideration it was decided to make use of this by presenting the best of French cinema to Worcestershire and West Midlands audiences.
For more information about the Coach House, including how it can be rented, what other shows are forthcoming, etc,, see the Coach House website: www.coachhousetheatre.co.uk