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Amulet Theatre


The Amulet was built in the early 1970s, opening in 1975. Originally known as The Centre it was re-named in the 1990s following discovery of a Roman amulet in excavations nearby. A philanthropic gift from the Showering family, local brewers famed for Babycham, the theatre was part of a major redevelopment of Shepton Mallet funded by the family and was intended to provide a cultural and creative legacy. Architecturally it is Brutalist in style, flanked by a block of offices and retail units along Market Square that were part of the same development. The theatre is located at first-floor level and features a fly tower and large foyer. It was built with the best theatre technology of the time and designed to be flexible. Significantly, it includes what is believed to be the UK’s last remaining example of a motorised ceiling carrying seats, which descends to convert the flat floor of the theatre into a space with raked seating. The Amulet hosted theatre, live music and film screenings and as the only theatre in the town and with limited provision in the wider area, it became an important venue in this part of Somerset. The Amulet is an unusual style of building for this area with unique theatre technology and an interesting social history with its connection to the Showering family.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
  • 2000 - 2011: education and training centre
Current state
Current use
Theatre (Dark, currently at risk)
7 Market Place, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5AZ,
Further details
Other names
The Centre , The Academy
  • 2000 - 2011 Owner/Management: Bristol Academy of Performing Arts
  • 2000 - 2011 Use: education and training centre
  • 2011 Owner/Management: Owner; Private owner
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