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The Hitchin Festival along with Hitchin BID, Hitchin Initiative, The Queen Mother Theatre & Bancroft Players, members of the local community and a number of arts industry professionals curated a programme of events to mark the 70th Anniversary of the first performance in the Dell (Woodside Open Air Theatre). The first performance was 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' on 25th July 1951.

The programme for 2021 ran from Saturday 24th July with a week of live theatre and entertainment up until 31st July.

The programme included local talents and performances as well as afternoon childrens entertainment and shows. The week was promoted as part of the month long Hitchin Festival programme.

Scroll down to see a look back at the week.

More investment is needed in order to improve the space further for future use as a venue for performance and events, but it is hoped that we will one day return again.

We continue to talk to the council and their contractors about how further improvements can be made to things like access and security so we can return, but we will need more support.

We are looking for funding to help offset the cost of staging this week of shows but more importantly to develop a longer term plan for the future that will see the Dell able to be used on a regular basis as a community space for all.  


Your support and input will help us develop these plans and help breathe new life into a long-standing Hitchin landmark.

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A look back at the events

What was on 2021

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Sat 24th July


Hitchin Thespians are delighted to present a reduced version of the ever-popular Pirates of Penzance

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Mon 26th July


Wind in the Willows - a one man show

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Wed 28th July

Doors 7pm

Club 85 @ The Dell: ACT 2

The SGs and The New Town Centres

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Fri 30th July


Dell Divas - A celebration of the powerful women songstresses.

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Sun 25th July


Sunday night at the Delladium - A magical night at the musicals


Tues 27th July


Hitchin Town Band in Concert

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Thurs 29th July


Voices in the Dell featuring HITCHIN ROCK CHOIR

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Sat 31st July


This specially created theatrical experience by The Bancroft Players celebrating 70 years of the Dell.

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Mon 26th - Wed 28th July 11am & 1.15pm

Rainbow School - 1hr 15 min sessions of arts, stories & games for kids aged 3-9.

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Wed 28th July

Doors 4pm

Club 85 @ The Dell: ACT 1

The Hunybees & Second Thoughts

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Fri  30th & Sat 31st July

2.30pm (Fri) 11am (Sat)

Tiny T's Theatre present - Spectacular. Family show for children aged 3+.

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