Material relating to Hull Truck Theatre



Admin History:

The Hull Truck Theatre Company was founded in 1971 by actor musician Mike Bradwell. Initially touring out of its Coltman Street base in Hull, where company members lived and rehearsed, Hull Truck started to receive acclaim for its children's work.

In April 1983 the Hull Truck Company made the Spring Street Theatre its home. Originally converted from St Stephen's church hall, his tiny 150-seat theatre space was known as The Hull Arts Centre where Hull playwright Alan Plater co-founded the Humberside Theatre in 1970. The theatre had closed in 1981. From 1983 it was known as the Hull Truck Theatre.

John Godber became artistic director in 1984 although at first he was unaware of how much the Hull Truck Theatre was struggling financially. Despite making a good living as a teacher, the idea of being able to produce some of his own works led him to accept the post. Hul wrote Up 'n' Under a play about rugby league in Hull, which proved to be a success (programme at L DTHT/2/1). One of Hull Truck's most performed and famous plays is Godber's Bouncers. This celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 and was the final play to be performed before moving to a new venue.

In 2006 work had begun on a new 440-seat theatre in Ferensway, Hull, as part of the St Stephen's development. Specially built for the Hull Truck Company, funded by the Arts Council, Hull City Council and the European Regional Development Fund, the theatre was completed three years later at a cost of around £15 million. The first production was Godber's play Funny Turns which opened on 25 April 2009.

Programmes, season programmes, playbills/promotional leaflets, posters, financial information, and development plan.