Meet the team

Welcome from our Chairman

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of The Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre on its present site in Barrow Road, the company having started life as the Rover Players some 27 years before that in what is now known as Talisman Square.

Some of our older patrons still have fond memories of the transition to Barrow Road and I sincerely hope our plans for the coming years, both to our theatre and to our productions, are equally attractive to them and to our new patrons.

Nigel Elliott


From our Artistic Director

Welcome to The Talisman, Kenilworth’s premier Theatre and Arts Centre celebrating almost 80 years of excellence in local theatre!

With 9 main stage productions every year from across a wide spectrum of different genres and styles of theatre, delivered to the highest artistic and technical standards, you can expect a thrilling, vibrant evening in the theatre. Our reputation means that we attract dynamic directors and top local actors to our stage. We also welcome visiting companies to enhance our programme. These have included full-length productions, Jazz bands, Tribute bands and one-night stands.

Each season brings something for everyone, including Comedy, Murder and Mystery and the Classics alongside Musicals and our ever-popular family Pantomime. The Talisman Theatre has been privileged to have mounted British Premieres and, in some cases, brand new works in drama and music. The company is always seeking out new, exciting shows for their first performances in this area.

Our very successful Youth Theatre presents a fully staged production each year and why not catch up on movies you missed on their release, on our 14 foot screen with full surround sound? Any visit will be enhanced by our regularly changing exhibitions of artwork by talented local artists displayed in the foyer.

We hope to see you very soon at this gem of a Little Theatre!

Steve Smith

Artistic Director


President:           David Charlton

Trustees:             Nigel Elliott

                              Phil Bowser                       

                              Stephen Duckham

                              Dik Thacker


Executive Committee:

Chair & Theatre Director             Nigel Elliott                   Stage Director                             Vacant

Vice Chair & Theatre Director    Dik Thacker                   Production Coordinator            June Bewick

Secretary                                      Corrina Jacob               Front of House Manager           Phillip Bowser

Artistic Director                           Steve Smith                   Membership Secretary               Stephen Duckham

Treasurer                                      Phillip Bowser               Maintenance Manager               Richard Crump

Publicity Manager                       Kerrie McCann              Bar Manager                                Des McCann

Social Secretary                          Vacant