Beneficiaries include members of the resident amateur company, who have a well-resourced theatre in which to enjoy their hobby, taking part in all aspects of theatrical productions, whether onstage, backstage or front of house.
Members of the local community are also beneficiaries, as the theatre offers good-quality, affordable and varied entertainment on a regular basis.
Other beneficiaries include local amateur theatre groups who do not have their own performance space, local social groups and businesses who need a reasonably priced venue for meetings and events, and local charities who benefit from regular charity performances.
As more emphasis is placed on the physical and mental health benefits of active leisure pursuits, the theatre caters for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
The Trust owns and manages the Abbey Theatre St Albans as a centre for drama and other performing arts.The theatre has two auditoria, a traditional 230-seat theatre and a studio space seating 78, in which the resident amateur group, the Company of Ten, stages 10 productions each year.
Apart from the theatre manager, the theatre is run entirely by volunteers, who not only put on the productions but also cover all the front of house, administration, marketing and maintenance activities.
The Company of Ten was founded in 1934 and is St Albans' leading amateur drama company, producing ten shows a year. It also has two youth companies.
The building is also let to visiting companies, both amateur and semi-professional, to drama schools and to other groups for meetings and events.