The first recorded performance at the Guildhall of St George is in 1442 making it the oldest working theatre in the UK.
New research by the UEA confirms as highly probably the oral history of Kings Lynn that in summer 1592 William Shakespeare performed in the Guildhall. This is the only theatre in the world to claim to have hosted Shakespeare.
Robert Armin (Shakespeare's comedian) who created the roles of the fool in King Lear, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Autolycus in Winters Tale (among others) was born in Kings Lynn and performed at the Guildhall.
The Guildhall has played host to famous actors, performers and artists for hundreds of years and enjoyed the patronage of HM The Queen Mother until her death.
It was gifted to the National Trust by Alexander Penrose and refubished in a campaign of public subscriptions led by Lady Ruth Fermoy. It is currently still held by the National Trust and leased by the Borough Council.
This unique theatre currently faces an uncertain future.