History

The McMillan Theatre was a long-awaited project, with the first spade in the ground for its creation taking place in January 2014.

The project, approved in 2011, foresaw the construction of the multi-purpose 350-seat auditorium, to be used as a theatre, conference facility and exhibition space by the College and the local community. Representatives from the College, building contractors BAM and Sedgemoor District Council attended a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony at the site in January 2014 to mark the commencement of the works.

The topping out ceremony for the new building took place in July 2014, with the tightening of the final nut and bolt on the roof level handrail marking completion of the tallest part of the building.

The completion of the building superstructure is always a significant milestone in any construction project. We now look forward to getting the building watertight as quickly as possible to allow for the commencement of the internal finishes.

Richard Dewey, BAM Project Manager

The official handover from construction company BAM took place in June 2015 with the inaugural performance at the new theatre taking place shortly after. The first performance was of Monty Python’s Spamalot by Bridgwater College Performing & Production Arts students.

The opportunity to work as a company on a fully fledged Tony Award winning musical, and in a new professional theatre, is an incredibly invaluable experience for both the performers and production arts students.

Rachel Williams, Bridgwater & Taunton College Programme Manager

The Theatre was named after the former Principal of Bridgwater & Taunton College, Fiona McMillan OBE, who officially opened the impressive facility in October 2015. More than 250 guests attended the opening show which celebrated the many successes of former students who have studied either Performing Arts or Production Arts courses at the College.

We were delighted to have Fiona McMillan back to open the Theatre which was named in her honour, not only for her outstanding contribution to the success of the College over many years, but also because of her role in designing and establishing the Theatre in the first place.

Mike Robbins, Principal of Bridgwater