The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre celebrates its 54th birthday with Dame Penelope Keith.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened its doors on 2 June 1965, as a proud memorial to the much-loved French actress, Yvonne Arnaud (December 1890 – September 1958), who made her home in Effingham Common.

Surrey resident, Dame Penelope Keith who is a Patron of Yvonne Arnaud Theatre told us: “The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre was one of the first theatres built after the war. Money was raised by local people and it has a place in the heart of many people who live here. The lovely thing is there are always people in here; seeing a show or meeting their friends for a coffee, it’s a real hub in the community.”

Adding: “I remember seeing the theatre’s opening production, A Month in the Country featuring Michael Redgrave and Ingrid Bergman. It was fantastic and I have felt honoured to play here over the years.”

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a regional theatre, presenting and producing excellent and vibrant drama. A thriving cultural hub and an artistic resource, the Yvonne Arnaud acts as a meeting point for formal and informal gatherings in its cafe and offers spaces for hire for corporate meetings and private parties.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre can be found at Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX, for further information call, 01483 440000 or log on to www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk