Knightstone: The Story of Weston-super-Mare’s ‘Island’ Theatre

Author:

Jonathan Shorney

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Today the former Knightstone Theatre is part of a modern housing development standing sentry at the north end of Weston Bay. But to thousands of residents and holidaymakers of a certain age its preserved shell is a poignant reminder of the decades of glorious entertainment enjoyed within its walls.

They fondly recall the top-flight variety stars, dazzling holiday shows and brilliantly-inventive pantomimes that graced its stage. A younger generation remembers its brief revival as a pop concert venue.

This book tells its complete story for the first time, from the nineteenth-century controversy over where to site Weston-super-Mare’s prestigious new pavilion, to the battle to save the theatre that questioned the town’s survival as a traditional seaside resort, recounting along the way the cherished and often amusing memories of many of the stars and stagehands who shaped its history.

Jonathan Shorney
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Today the former Knightstone Theatre is part of a modern housing development standing sentry at the north end of Weston Bay. But to thousands of residents and holidaymakers of a certain age its preserved shell is a poignant reminder of the decades of glorious entertainment enjoyed within its walls.

They fondly recall the top-flight variety stars, dazzling holiday shows and brilliantly-inventive pantomimes that graced its stage. A younger generation remembers its brief revival as a pop concert venue.

This book tells its complete story for the first time, from the nineteenth-century controversy over where to site Weston-super-Mare’s prestigious new pavilion, to the battle to save the theatre that questioned the town’s survival as a traditional seaside resort, recounting along the way the cherished and often amusing memories of many of the stars and stagehands who shaped its history.

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