Historically, the Electric Theatre operated as an electricity works tasked with powering the local town of Guildford between 1913 and 1968. In its latter years, the works struggled to cater for the growing demand in electricity, and a bigger station was built.
In the years that followed, the Works sadly lay dormant for thirty-one years, during which time it was used to house theatre stages and sets until Guildford Borough Council injected a new lease of life into the venue in 1997 when it became the now iconic, Electric Theatre.
As of 2017, the Theatre is financed and managed as a not-for-profit venture by world leaders in music industry education, the Academy of Contemporary Music. ACM’s agreement with Guildford Borough Council ensures the future of the Electric Theatre and its vital commitment to the arts and the community, respecting its legacy and saving the local taxpayer money in the process.
Understanding the importance of the Electric Theatre to the people of Guildford, ACM are proud to be working together with the local community to deliver a rich programme of activity for this creative sanctuary.
For use by all the local community, ACM integrates its student body into the life of the theatre, enabling it to produce state-of-the-art live music events, creative workshops, comedy nights and dance shows, all whilst enhancing the ACM student experience and enriching Guildford’s cultural offering.
ACM’s 21-year history and 10,000 strong alumni heritage has made it an important stakeholder in the Guildford community, having generated and invested in excess of £110 million for and into Guildford Borough during this time. Providing a platform for the many talented musicians who have passed through the doors at ACM, including the likes of Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons and local boy Newton Faulkner, The Electric Theatre has played a key role in the success of the prestigious music institution.