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Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage

Built in the early 16th-century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding port, Smallhythe Place was purchased by renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry in 1899.

Her daughter Edith Craig set up the museum in 1929 which is home to a fascinating personal and theatrical collection which highlights Ellen Terry's extraordinary career and unconventional personal life.

Smallhythe Place includes a cottage garden and a charming 17th-century thatched Barn Theatre which provides an opportunity to attend a show with a regular programme of talks and shows.

On your visit, take a look at our information on the shipbuilding in the area and be sure to speak to our knowledgeable guides who can tell you more about the colourful history.

Smallhythe Theatre

The Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place

The Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place

 Throughout our open season there's a variety of theatrical performances that take place here at Smallhythe, with most of them taking place in our Barn Theatre which has a slightly different use now then when it was first built in the late 1600's. Our next performance is A Picture of Dorian Gray on Sunday 27 September at 7:30pm. A thrilling adaptation of Wilde's only novel. Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful, narcissistic young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old. Combining drawing room comedy and Gothic horror, this is a gripping and hugely entertaining theatrical event.

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