Looking Glass Theatre company moves into historic home in Northampton

Looking Glass Theatre Company's moving image
Looking Glass Theatre Company's moving image

One of the Northampton’s theatre groups has officially moved into its new premises ahead of its new season.

The Looking Glass Theatre made the move into the historic Hazelrigg House, in Mare Fair.

Hazelrigg House

Hazelrigg House

The group was formerly based in Old Newspaper House in Derngate but made the move after the building was sold to be converted into flats, as revealed yesterday by the Chronicle & Echo.

James Smith, one of the theatre company’s directors, said: “We finished the move at 11pm on Tuesday night!

“We started packing a few weeks ago, and then the lorries turned up on Thursday last week, and we worked Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to move.

“As a theatre group we’ve been going since 1998. We’ve done a lot of historic events over the years, but when we walked into the space at Hazelrigg we knew it was for us.

“There’s quirky rooms, good sized rehearsal spaces, interesting cellars, but there’s no performance space.

“But just next door is St Peter’s Church and we’ll be performing there.

“At the moment we’re unpacking and getting ready for the start of the new term of our stage school term in September.

“Then we’ll start work on our first big production in the church – The Hound of The Baskervilles.

“We’ll be doing ghost tours for the Ghost of Hazelrigg House for Hallowe’en, and we’ll be doing our World War One production in November.

“We hope to be opening for Heritage Open Days as well in September.

“One interesting thing is the house is named after the Hazelrigg family who owned it and the castle. A while ago we had someone come into the costume hire shop and it turned out his godfather is Lord Hazelrigg, so he will be coming along to officially open the new building in October.

“We’re so excited to be there and we’re looking forward to working more with the Churches Conservation Trust next door, and to let the people of Northamptonshire where we’ve moved to and tell them more about this historic site.”

Hazelrigg House is one of Northampton’s most historic buildings, dating back to Tudor times. It is owned by Northampton Borough Council.