Who We Are

Nestled in the heart of Exeter, just above its beautiful quayside, Cygnet Theatre has been training actors and entertaining audiences since 1980. Originally founded by Monica Shallis and Mary Evans, our ethos has always been to train actors by throwing them into the footlights and performing to the public from day one. Our patron is the renowned theatre and film director Peter Brook. 

Coronavirus update

We have postponed all of our public performances and events as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown in March.

Our doors will not reopen until there is clear Government guidance on how small venues can safely return to live performance. We would like to assure you, our valued and much-loved audiences, participants, students, and performers that our doors will reopen as soon as we can.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us through this challenging time, by joining our Zoom performances, seeking out our YouTube channel, and continuing to keep in touch with messages of support. There are obviously practical implications to this extended period of closure for us as a small organisation. These are challenging times for all and if there is any way you can help support us, and to help us provide a space for new performers/performance, please get in touch. 

Thank you

The Cygnet Company