Cast launched in 2013 as the anchor of the town’s Cultural and Civic Quarter. In a short time we have significantly contributed to the cultural life of Doncaster, presenting staged works, delivering participation and outreach activities for people of all ages and experience, supporting the development of artists, offering outdoor performance and community based projects.
Cast is a charity. Our venue exists as an arts centre with community at its heart and we work closely with our civic partners in the town and artistic peer organisations across the country (including the National Theatre, English Touring Theatre and Royal Ballet) to deliver great productions and activities that benefit the communities of Doncaster.
We are proud of our status as a Theatre of Sanctuary, an open and inclusive space for theatre to be made, shown and watched. We make our own in-house pantomimes every year, as well as investing in and commissioning artists to create work. We also present on our stages the best work from around the UK and beyond, playing to over 100,000 people every year.
Over the past seven years, since the inaugural production of The Glee Club by local author Richard Cameron, there have been many, many artistic highlights. One of the most memorable was our in-house production of The Last Seam exploring the decline of the mining industry which toured professional and small-scale community venues in the north.
Northern companies such as Phoenix Dance Theatre, Opera North, Northern Ballet, John Godber Company and Pilot Theatre frequently grace Cast’s stages and our partnership with Paines Plough meant that in 2019 they brought their purpose-built theatre tent to Doncaster for the first time as part of a three year project.
Our work with Greenwich + Docklands Festival has allowed us to present large scale, international outdoor theatre free of charge to the people of Doncaster since 2015.
Working with Music in the Round we present chamber music for audiences including children and families. One of the last events on our stage before the building closed was the return of The Glee Club produced by Out of Joint and co-commissioned by Kiln Theatre and Cast.