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                    Theatre Barnstaple
Queens Theatre,
Boutport Street, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1SY
01271 327357
Earliest records suggest festivals developing in celebration of Barnstaple's annual fair as far back as 1435, when merchants brought with them Minstrels, Players, Jugglers and Buffoons to amuse onlookers. As a thriving trading port, Barnstaple attracted a broad range of multi-cultural traders developing the town's reputation for festival events. It is documented that a festival in 1605 attracted the touring King's Players to the town and it is thought that a certain William Shakespeare performed with them! In 1952 the hall was built and named The Queen's Hall. With limited funds its interior was plain, but it provided a multi-purpose function as the site of live entertainment, antique markets, dog shows and alike right up until 1993. At this point the local council took the brave decision to close it down and refurbish the building to offer North Devon the beautiful theatre you see today. It opened its doors on Christmas Eve 1993 to a sell out production of Snow White and has been growing in stature ever since.

Bath Pavillion
North Parade Rd,Bath.BA2 4ET -
Telephone: 01225 312121


The Bath Pavilion is a complete multi-use venue situated in the centre of Bath. It is the ideal venue to hire for trade exhibitions, conferences, weddings, fairs, concerts and stage shows.

The Pavilion can accommodate 450 for dinner dances and has space for up to 1200 for music events. Facilities include: the main hall, stage, café and kitchen, a bar, toilets and cloakroom and a box office.
                Theatre Bath
The Guild Hall
The High Street, Bath. BA1 5AW
Telephone: 01225 477782/86

Moles Club, Bath
Moles Club
14 George Street, Bath, Somerset. Tel: 01225 404 445
Moles Club, one of the UK's best live music venues: whether you're a tourist from London looking for some live entertainment, a local resident of Bath, Bristol & the West Country, or a visitor to Bath or England from anywhere in the world, this could become one of your favorite nightclubs to build your social life and nightlife around. In a word Music Music Music is what we're about - a veritable music lovers and musician's paradise.

Occupying a niche all of its own, this is the place for live bands, live gigs, dance music, wicked dance nights with top dance DJs, whacky events, open mic nights, jazz music, battle of the bands competitions and everything to do with the local live music, partying & social scene. This is a nightclub with a difference - but also one of those great intimate cellar venues! If you like to delve a bit deeper, then there’s a short potted history of the club, if you click on Moles Group/History

Bath Pump Room
The Pump Room
Stall Street, Bath. BA1 1LZ
- Telephone: 01225 477000

  Contemporary English food served in elegant surroundings with linen tablecloths, table service, fresh flowers. Fresh food prepared on the premises, cooked to order using local produce. Great ambience. Live music by the Pump Room Trio or a solo pianist.
Rondo Theatre

St Saviours Road, Larkhall, Bath, BAI 6RT Tel: 01225 448844


We launch The Rondo‘s 31st year with a very special season celebrating the best comedy theatre in the country. Every show is a cracker. You are assured of a really fabulous night out-whether it?s the truly engaging show you see, the amazing atmosphere of this unique theatre or the friendly banter over a refreshing glass of wine or of cool beer.We hope you like our new-look season programme, designed to make it easier to find the type of shows you want to see. You?ll find the performances in categories, with a diary on the back page showing what?s on each week at a glance. Our website carries more details and more pictures of all the shows.

Keep an eye out for some special promotions this season, offering you a chance to see some truly satisfying, engaging and entertaining performances.

                Royal, Bath

Theatre Royal
Sawclose, Bath. BA1 1ET
- Telephone: 01225 448844


The Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest working theatres in the country, right in the heart of the Georgian City of Bath.

Now more than 200 years old, the beautiful Georgian Theatre Royal offers a year-round programme of top-quality drama, opera, comedy, dance and frequent Sunday concerts. The Theatre Royal also houses the Egg Theatre for children, young people and their families and the Egg Cafe (open throughout the day); the Ustinov Studio for middle-scale theatre comedy and music; the Vaults Restaurant (for pre-show dining); and the historic Garricks Head Pub.

The Theatre Royal's many festivals include the Bath Shakespeare Festival (March 2008); Bath International Puppet Festival (Easter 2007); the Peter Hall Company Season (Summer 2007) and a Festival of Theatre for Children (October Half Term).

Bath Theatre
                Royal, Bath Ustinov Studio
Monmouth Street
Bath, N.E. Somerset
Tel: +44 1225 448844
Fax: +44 1225 444080
Located behind the Theatre Royal, the Ustinov specialises in progressive work from local, student, and touring companies. Opened in the late nineties, the studio is a very modern and flexible space, and while the seats are comfortable, seats too far back can have you looking down on the performers' heads.
The performance schedule has something for everyone, hosting children's workshops and puppet shows, chamber orchestras, and devised entertainment using every imaginable performance medium available. You are as likely to see new work as completely revamped adaptations of classic scripts and stories. The dress code is informal.
Bridgewater  Bridgewater Arts Centre
Bridgewater Arts Centre
11-13 Castle Street
Brewhouse Theatre, 
Bridgwater Arts Centre is a community Arts Centre, dedicated to creating opportunities for people to get involved in the arts – by taking part as well as watching! In addition we aim to develop and support the work of professional performing and visual artists working in the region.

We present a high-quality, interesting and unusual selection of professional arts - theatre, dance, music, visual arts and film, from the West Country and around the World – and in addition offer all kinds of classes and activities for adults as well as kids!
Bristol Hippodrome
Hippodrome Theatre
St Augustines Parade, Bristol. BS1 4UZ
- Telephone: 0870 607 7500



The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors on the 16th December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.

It is a superb example of the grand architecture of the late Victorian era and is one of the masterpieces of design by Frank Matcham, the most eminent theatre architect of his time.The theatre has diversified over the years to encapsulate the full spectrum of live theatrical entertainment.  From top West End shows; Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Blood Brothers and Grease, to name more than a few, through to regular visits from the best in Opera (WNO & Ellen Kent) and Ballet (ENB & Ballet International), Comedy, Children’ Shows, Concerts and even the Circus!  They have all thrilled audiences over the years and continue to do so today.
Bristol Old

Old Vic Theatre/Theatre Royal/New Vic
King Street, Bristol. BS1 4ED
- Telephone: 0117 987 7877


In 1766, over one hundred philanthropic merchants, lawyers and politicians clubbed together to open an illegal, back-street theatre, down an alley and through a courtyard off King Street in the Bristol docks’ district. Some people were appalled: they believed the theatre ran the “risk of ruining the morals of our youth, impoverishing our tradesmen and artisans, promoting the arts of intrigue and of seducing the innocent, reducing many perhaps to bankruptcy, injuring the credit of others and diffusing a habit of idleness, indolence, and debauchery throughout this once industrious and virtuous city”. In 1778, King George III granted the theatre a Royal Licence. Thus the new theatre in Bristol’s King Street became one of a number of Theatre Royal, formally embraced by the establishment. Throughout the 19th century, the theatre enjoyed mixed fortunes. By the early 20th century, then energy of the city had moved away from the docks and up the hill to the fashionable residential areas.By the Second World War, the theatre was in decline. However, surviving the bombing of Bristol’s city centre, it was saved for the nation by a coalition of civic, corporate and citizen lobbyists. Then, in 1943, the theatre became Britain’s first state-subsidised theatre. And in 1946 it gained its first resident company, an off-shoot of London’s Old Vic Theatre – hence a new name: Bristol Old Vic. In 1972 the theatre opened its Studio Theatre and additional front-of-house areas incorporating the 18th-century guildhall, the Coopers’ Hall.

Colston Hall, Bristol
Colston Hall
Colston Street, Bristol. BS1 5AR
- Telephone: 0117 922 3683



The people of Bristol have been enjoying music at Colston Hall for almost 140 years. As part of our redevelopment project we've begun research into the keypoints of the four Colston Halls that have stood on Colston Street, as well as the many musical highlights experienced along the way.
Desperatemen International Street Theatre PACTS, Epstein Buildings, Mivart Street, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JL U.K.
Telephone +44 ( 0) 117 939 3902
Mobile +44 0777 5911 620


Desperate Men is an international touring street theatre company based in Bristol, UK. (We can get desperate, but we're not all men...)
Started in 1980 in Berlin, the company's performance history is legendary and notable for never being formulaic or 'safe'. Whether on a street, in a theatre, in a school, in a bar or on a hillside, our purpose has always been clear: To produce original, accessible comic theatre. Feel free to explore our website - there's stuff here illustrating all aspects of our work - past, present and future.

Forkbeard Fantasy P.O. Box 1241, Bristol BS99 2TG

Forkbeard Fantasy is a theatre and film company who have been touring their shows, films, exhibitions and special events since the mid-1970's. Their theatre shows combine comedy with special effects, wild mechanical sets, outsize characters and their unique trademark interactive mix of film, animation and cartoon live on stage.
Their shows tour the length and breadth of the U.K. and they have appeared at festivals as far afield as Mexico, Columbia, Poland and Canada as well as all over Europe.

Bristol Peepolykus    Peepolykus
26 Eldon Terrace,
Windmill Hill,
Bristol BS3 4NZ

Phone/Fax: + 44 (0) 117 9539882

Peepolykus (pronounced people-like-us) is one of the UK’s most exciting touring theatre companies, creating comic theatre with proven national and international appeal. Over the last nine years, it has exported its particular brand of humour to over 100 towns and cities across four continents and enjoyed sell-out runs at, amongst others, the Edinburgh Festival, The Lyric Hammersmith, the London International Mime Festival and the British Festival of Visual Theatre. During this period the company has received three theatre awards and has been regularly selected for the British Council’s showcase in Edinburgh. An impressive track record of touring and its rapidly expanding fan base are constant proof of the company’s popularity and their unique ability to cross age, language and cultural boundaries. International tours have included Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Barbados, Ireland, Iran, Greece, South Korea, Finland and Holland. 
                Theatre Bristol

Redgrave Theatre
2 Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 3LE
- Telephone: 0117 3157600


Not many schools can boast their own purpose-built theatre. The Redgrave Theatre belongs to the successful public school Clifton College. It was named after Old Cliftonian Sir Michael Redgrave, who opened it in 1966. Naturally it hosts school productions. But local amateur and professional companies also make use of this attractive auditorium. The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School regularly performs here.
St.Georges Bristol

St.Georges Bristol
Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol. Tel: 0117 923 2359


St George’s Bristol has been a concert hall for the past 30 years. Prior to that it had been a church. The building re-opened in October 1999 with a new look and a new name – St George's Bristol. The venue's programme of events continues to go from strength to strength, known locally, nationally and internationally for its artistic excellence and diversity in the genres of jazz, classical, folk, world music and opera.
Wickham Theatre Bristol

Wickham Theatre
Bristol University
Drama Dept. building, entrance along Cantocks Close, off Woodland Road - two minutes from the top of Park Street.

Tel: 0117 987 7877


As one of the best equipped Studio Theatres at British University, the Wickham Theatre, named after Professor Glynne Wickham, founder of the Department and of University Theatre Studies in this country, is used for a wide range of activities.The exploration of live performance is an important part of the way we approach the understanding of theatre. Students in all years engage in performances exploring forms and expressions in several theatrical traditions including experimental contemporary practice.The Theatre is home to a regular programme of visiting performers and companies working at the forefront of live performance practice internationally. 

The Theatre is also used extensively for research projects in a range of forms and media. One example is its use for the Reconstruction of a Jacobean Playhouse Developed by Professor Martin White and Theatre Designer Jennie Norman from original drawings by the celebrated Jacobean architect, Inigo Jones,  a full-scale reconstruction of a 17th century Jacobean indoor playhouse, lit by candles, provides a venue for an ongoing research project, public performances, a programme of teaching, and public lectures.

Tobacco Factory Theatre Bristol
Tobacco Factory Raleigh Road, Southville
Bristol BS3 1TF
Tel: 0117 902 0345
Fax: 0117 902 0162

Housed in a converted tobacco factory building, the theatre started its new life in the late 1990s as a makeshift performance space for Show of Strength on the first floor of the building. Stripped of its Imperial Tobacco office conversion to reveal the original structure, the venue attracted the attention of Andrew Hilton who had harboured an ambition to stage Shakespeare in an original and intimate manner. Architect George Ferguson, the owner and creator of the Tobacco Factory, accepted his proposal and the result far exceeded expectations with national critical acclaim and full houses.

In 2001, Dan Danson was appointed as the Tobacco Factory’s first Artistic Director, and with the help of the team has been busy transforming this makeshift 'do it yourself' space into a properly serviced theatre, in order to fulfill the organisation’s aim of bringing a diverse, year round programme of performing arts to Bristol audiences. The acclaimed Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, presenting 2 plays each year from February – April
Tobacco Factory Productions, such as the much-loved Christmas shows (Treasure Island, Jungle Book, The Secret Garden)
touring productions from some of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting companies, including Spin Media, Gecko, Sound & Fury, Graeae and ATC.


                  Theatre Bristol

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital  Theatre
Berkeley Place


QEH Theatre is an integral part of Bristol's Bluecoat School, and the home of the Drama Department.It was completed in 1990 at the cost of £1.3 million and opened by HRH Princess Anne as part of QEH's quatercentenary celebrations. QEH Theatre is a striking modern building, with a comfortable three-sided auditorium seating 220, creating an intimate and dynamic atmosphere. It provides a quality learning environment for the teaching of Drama and other performing arts such as Music and Dance.

Acclaimed for the diversity of its programme, QEH has promoted exciting and innovative theatre, music, dance, comedy and poetry, particularly accessible to a school audience. There are regular productions from leading national and regional touring theatre companies, as well as many interesting Bristol-based groups.Shows range from the classics – Shakespeare, Ibsen, Marlowe, Sophocles – to new plays. The emphasis is on promoting theatre and the Arts amongst QEH students, so visiting productions are relevant and profitable to their learning.The Theatre has a large foyer with changing exhibitions, and a friendly bar. Patrons can park in the 24-hour car park opposite the Theatre. QEH has full facilities for disabled patrons, and strives to be as accessible as possible for everyone. QEH Theatre is also available as a conference facility.

Burnham-on-Sea Princess Hall, Burnham The Princess Hall
Princess Street
Burnham On Sea
Cheltenham   Princess Hall, Burnham

The Bacon Theatre

Dean Close School
Shelburne Road
GL51 6HE
Tel: 01242 258002
Fax: 01242 258007


On the beautifully landscaped site of Dean Close School, the magnificent but modern Bacon Theatre owes its name to a previous Headmaster who fundraised tirelessly to afford to build what was quite literally, his dream. Today, the dream continues with a packed programme of public events throughout the year. Whether you're looking for the best in professional touring theatre, jazz, ballet, rock or celebrity speakers or a chance to support local talent and charities in panto, musical or variety shows; the Bacon Theatre is just your cup tea!
Cheltenham Princess
                      Hall, Burnham   The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
GL50 4SH
The Centaur at Cheltenham is the most prestigious multi-purpose venue in Britain to be opened this millennium. Whether you want to stage a conference for 2,250, a dinner for 1,200 or a concert for 4,000, The Centaur offers over 2,600m² of flexible space in the heart of the Cotswolds. And if that’s not enough, it is directly linked to the Racecourse’s main Grandstand which incorporates twelve further function rooms and sixty syndicate rooms. There’s also the small matter of 12,500 FREE parking spaces.
Cheltenham Everyman Cheltenham

Everyman Theatre

Regent Street
GL50 1HQ
Tel: 01242 572 573


Our main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers. The common thread throughout the many years has always been our relationship with our audience - a relationship that we treasure.

Whether you visit the Everyman to see ballet, opera, drama, dance, comedy, music events or our traditional family pantomime. Or if you take part in one of our many community projects, education workshops or youth theatre productions. Or if you visit us to dine or drink in our café, restaurant, internet café or wine bar. Or if you are simply here to visit our website and book your tickets. Whatever the reason we would like to warmly welcome you and hope you return many times
Cheltenham The
                    Playhouse Cheltenham

The Playhouse Theatre Cheltenham, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7HG. tel: 01242 522852 


For 60 years, the people of Cheltenham have enjoyed the notable facility of their own Theatre. A Theatre in which talented amateurs from all walks of life can work together with a single purpose; the presentation of non-professional drama of exceptionally high standards to the theatre-going public.The Playhouse is owned by the Cheltenham Borough Council but the management of the building and its activities are undertaken entirely voluntarily. The Playhouse Theatre Cheltenham, which leases the building from the Council, has currently around 300 members who are represented by an elected committee which administers the facilities of the building.

Cheltenham Cheltenham Town Hall

Town Hall

Imperial Square
Tel: 01242 227 979


Cheltenham Town Hall, a beautiful classical style building built at the very beginning the 20th century, is one of our principal venues.

The building itself is owned and operated by Cheltenham Borough Council and when not buzzing with the Jazz, Science, Music and Literature festivals it forms the backdrop to a host of other events.

To find out about other Cheltenham Town Hall events and the Folk Festival, all run by Cheltenham Borough Council, visit

Cirencester  Sundial

Sundial Theatre

Cirencester College
Stroud Road
Tel: 01285 640 994


The Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College was opened in January 1998 as a professional and community venue. The professional programme incorporates drama from top touring companies, classical and folk music, lectures and celebrity evenings. Several community groups perform here regularly and the theatre area is used for Performing Arts teaching and College productions. The auditorium seats up to 275 depending upon the style of the performance. All seats have excellent sightlines and sell at the same price.


Forest of Dean Theatre

Five Acres Campus, Coleford
Tel: 01594 833416

Coleford, a small village on the edge of the Forest of Dean, has a surprisingly large theatre, the Forest Theatre which seats 487 and is part of the Royal Forest of Dean College. It presents a mixed programme.
Dartington (Totnes) Northcott
Dartington Hall in Totnes presents a broad programme in its two venues, the Barn Theatre (190) and Studio 1 (120).
Dursley mask

South Street,
GL11 5SS tel:01453 860703.


Dursley, another small village (in the Cotswolds), which has the 120-seater Prema Arts centre which aims to "promote the best in contemporary and more experimental art forms."Prema is a small, independent rural Arts Centre. Its programme is the envy of many a larger, urban venue. Prema, situated in a former Baptist Chapel has a unique, intimate atmosphere where you can experience dynamic live events and a broad range of participatory arts opportunities. It is a small, welcoming venue in which you can experience and get involved with forward-looking, quality creativity.
Northcott Theatre
Northcott Theatre
Stocker Rd, Exeter, EX4 4QB Tel: 01392 493493



The Northcott Theatre is now closed for its first major redevelopment and refurbishment in 40 years. As the builders get ready to move on site, we’re already making plans for our opening season and feeling extremely excited about the future of the Northcott. Details of the shows and events that will be produced this year by the Northcott Theatre Company, and by the Northcott Community and Young Companies, will be available very soon on this website.
                    Georges Hall

St Georges Hall
George St, Exeter, EX1 1BU Tel: 01392 665866


The business and entertainment venue in the city centre

  • Multi-purpose venue in the centre of Exeter
  • 500 capacity main hall with proscenium stage, more than 400 sq metres of totally flexible space
  • Conference facilities for up to 500 delegates
  • Two meeting rooms for mini conferences with capacity for up to 40 delegates
  • Large comfortable licensed bar
  • Catering service tailor-made to your requirements
  • Event planning service
  • Regular programme of entertainment including concerts, dances and comedy
West point
Westpoint Arena and Exhibition Centre
Westpoint, Clyst St.Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ Tel:01392 446000

Westpoint Arena is readily adaptable for large scale spectaculars such as ice shows, equestrian events, trade shows and exhibitions.Torvill & Dean, Holiday on Ice, Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show and WWF (World Wrestling Federation) have all been staged at Westpoint.

Phoenix Theatre

Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS Tel: 01392 667080


In the heart of the city, Exeter Phoenix presents a unique and exciting contemporary programme of dance, theatre, live art, music, spoken word, film and visual art.
Barnfield Theatre
Barnfield Theatre
Barnfield Road, Exter, EX1 1SN. Tel: 01392 271808


we are located in the centre of Exeter on Barnfield Road, Southernhay, the building was converted in 1972 from The Barnfield Hall which was built towards the end of the 19th century by Exeter Literary Society. The theatre is run by Barnfield Theatre Ltd (a charity) and is used as a venue for Exeter Little Theatre Company and other amateur and professional theatrical companies. The Barnfield Theatre is now a non-smoking building.
Princess Pavilion

Princess Pavilion, Melvill Road, Falmouth, TR11 4AR 01326 311277


The year-round entertainment centre in the centre of town - Top Names - Top Shows - Great Times

Rock to Reggae  -  Metal to Jazz Year-round programme of music for all musical tastes  plus drama, variety, festivals & more
Memorial Theatre

The Memorial Theatre
Christchurch Street West, Frome, Somerset. Tel: 01373 462 795


The Frome Memorial Theatre was built in 1924 and dedicated to those who fell in the first World War. The money to build the Theatre came, in the main, from donations from the townspeople. Nowadays it forms part of a thriving multi-purpose complex that also includes the Frome Assembly Rooms. It is run by a group of volunteers under the authority of a board of trustees, set up by the Town Council.  It has recently changed its name from MTC to FMT. The Assembly Rooms are available for private hire and suitable for wedding receptions, birthday parties, dinner dances, concerts, conferences etc

Frome Memorial Theatre  

Merlin Theatre

Bath Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2HG tel: 01373 465949


The Spring season is now well and truly underway, but fear not, there is still lots to come. If you haven't sampled anything from our new season yet then now's the time.

Don't miss the return of Merlin affiliated artist, Niki McCretton with her brand new show Space 50, a theatrical journey to celebrate 50 yrs of Space Travel. We want to hear your space stories!
As part of the 50 year commemorations, The Merlin Theatre are asking for people to send in their memories of significant moments of man’s journey into space. Where were you the day man landed on the moon? Did Neil Armstrong inspire you to become an astronaut? Whatever the story, we want to hear from you.
Gloucester Memorial


Gloucester Guildhall

Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Tel: 01452 503050


Opened in 1988 in the old Guildhall when the City Council moved to a converted warehouse in the Docks. The Victorian civic ballroom with its sprung floor became a performance space, the council chamber was converted into a cinema and people now come to learn samba drumming, belly dancing and middle eastern singing in the mayor's old parlour.

The International Blues Festival and the Cajun Festival started here, the Banana Club showcased young indie bands. EMF made their first video, Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company ran legendary residencies. Radiohead, Supergrass, Catatonia, Muse, Ian Brown, Primal Scream and Ash called in on their way to superstardom. Sean Hughes, Jo Brand and Jeremy Hardy have stood up on comedy nights.The Guildhall's policy is to "showcase the best in challenging small-scale theatre and dance" and is involved in some co-production. It seats 150.

Gloucester Memorial Theatre

Kings Theatre
Kings Barton St, Gloucester Tel: 01452 300130


In 1987 a group of local enthusiasts saw the potential of the old Olympus site and a new company was formed, Kingsbarton Theatre Limited. A lease was arranged with the city council, monies raised for refurbishment and an intense period of work took place.

The new theatre was opened on Saturday 19 September 1987 by the Mayor and Mayoress of Gloucester, Councillor Andrew Gravells and Mrs Anne Williams. A combined society production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker set the theatrical ball rolling again in Kingsbarton Street.

The King's 144 seats and for 36 weeks of the year it features amateur productions, being available for hire at other times.
Gloucester Memorial Theatre  

New Olympus Theatre

Barton Street
Tel: 01452 505 089


The New Olympus Theatre was originally known as Palmers Picturedrome It was opened as a cinema on Monday the 15th January 1923. The cinema was built by Mr E.C.G Palmer of Palmer's Bakeries, with seating for 700 people. On the opening day a film called 'Fascination' starring Mae Murry was screened. The programme on that day included 'Pathe Gazette' and a full orchestra, which played at every performance.In 1984 Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society (G.O.D.S) took it over and made it into the theatre it is today. They purchased it for approximately £100,000. The first play performed in the new Theatre was "Fiddler on the Roof" on the 17th March 1986. In January 2001, the Theatre installed cinema equipment and once more became a leading venue in Gloucester for cinema and live Theatre.
Gloucester Memorial

Rain or Shine Theatre Company 25 Paddock Gardens Longlevens GLOUCESTER Tel / Fax +44 (0)1452 521575 Mobile +44 (0) 7774 852644


Rain or Shine is a Gloucester based professional theatre company which specialises in outdoor summer tours of classical theatre to castles, stately homes and gardens throughout the U.K.  We have performed classic comedy productions of works by Shakespeare, Sheridan, Goldsmith and Vanbrugh to tens of thousands of happy theatregoers since we were formed in 1998.
Ilminster Memorial

Ilminster Warehouse

Brewery Lane, Ilminster Somerset TA19 9ADTel01460 249304


Welcome to the Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster!

In 2007 Ilminster Entertainment Society celebrates its 60th Anniversary alongside the 20th Anniversary of The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster. To kick off the celebrations we held our annual open day at the Theatre on 27th January 2007.Other events planned for this special year include exciting members nights, Party in the Park on 23rd June and Murder at The Warehouse on 28th December.

Landmark Theatre
Landmark Theatre
Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, Devon. EX34 9B2 - Telephone: 01271 867707



North Devon's leading holiday resort, has a new £4.5 million arts and entertainment complex that has replaced the now demolished Victoria Pavilion theatre and is part of North Devon District Council's regeneration programme for the town.Known as The Landmark, the building's unusual conical design has not only found wide support among the architectural community but won the financial backing of the National Lottery Arts Fund, the Rural Development Commission and the European Regional Development Fund. The District Council contributed £500,000 and Ilfracombe Town Council £120,000.

Minehead Palace

The Regal Theatre

10-16 The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5AY Tel. 01643 706430



The Regal Theatre stands in the centre of Minehead, and is loved by the people of West Somerset for its wide ranging programme of professional and community entertainment that includes drama, comedy, dance, music and performance of all kinds.

The theatre bar is open during intervals and before each performance. It is an ideal place to meet friends and enjoy refreshments or to relax on the balcony overlooking the town centre.The MATA Regal Theatre Company Ltd runs the theatre with the help of an army of volunteers all of whom work hard to make you feel welcome and to ensure that you enjoy a splendid night out.

The Palace Theatre
Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon. Tel: 01803 665800

Welcome to The Palace Theatre... the true community theatre for Torbay, in the heart of Paignton.The Palace Theatre has just gone under a major refurbishment and is is looking fantastic. We are re-opening on 10th April 2007 and kicking off with the SW of England Festival which starts on 12th April. For show information please keep an eye on this website, or call the Box Office on 01803 665800.

Atheneum Theatre

Derrys Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW Tel: 01752 266079


The Plymouth Athenaeum has changed considerably since it was started by Henry Woolcombe in 1812 who met with a small group of friends to discuss and disseminate the upsurge of knowledge in science and technology.  To put time in perspective, this was just before the Battle of Waterloo, when travel was on foot, horseback or by sea.  George III was on the throne and there was no gas lighting let alone electric power!
Today the Athenaeum is still a Cultural Society but it has widened its horizons in order to satisfy the requirements of its members who have more leisure time and wide ranging interests.  The "new" building  (the original premises were destroyed in the Blitz of 1941) was opened in 1961 and is conveniently close to the City Centre.  The Society is a registered non-profit making charity and is financially self supporting
Barbican Theatre

Barbican Theatre
Castle St, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NJ Tel: 01752 267131


The Barbican Theatre is a friendly and informal place where you can take a fresh look at the arts, get involved in cutting edge work and try something new... We are busy working on several new arts projects this Spring including the creation of a new dance piece about the use and abuse of Oceans and a drama simulation aimed at secondary school students which puts racial intolerance and discrimination under the microscope.

Plymouth Pavilions
Millbay Rd, Plymouth PL1 3LF Tel: 01752 229922


Plymouth Pavilions with its large auditorium which can hold thousands for the top name pop concerts, or the Symphony Orchestra. There is also a stage for the ballet, a swimming pool and an ice skating rink.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2TR Tel: 01752 267222


Opened in 1982, the Theatre Royal is the most important theatre in the South West. It draws an audience from all over the region and is one of the most successful theatres in the country.

Street Strode
                    Theatre, Street  

Strode Theatre
Church Road
Street BA16 0AB

tel: 01458 442846


Strode Theatre, mid Somerset's venue for live performances and film, is an integral part of Strode College.  Built in 1963 and extended in 1998, it has 393 seats and offers opportunities for students to rehearse and perform and also to watch professional performances and films from all around the world.

The Theatre is a busy place and is often at its liveliest when the rest of the College is quiet.  Evenings, weekends and holidays are all times when the local community most appreciate the busy and varied programmes.

Stroud mask

Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud

Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW tel: 01453 760960


We are now closed for our major refit and will re-open in October with '12 Angry Men'

The Cotswold Playhouse is Stroud's unique theatre venue. It is the home of the Cotswold Players, the area's primary amateur theatre company. The theatre is also available for hire.

Stroud The
                  subscription rooms

Subscription Rooms, Stroud

The Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE

tel: 01453 01453 760900


The Subscription Rooms is a handsome late Regency building in the heart of Stroud and hosts year-round arts and entertainment, exhibitions, markets and meetings.

Built in 1833 by public subscription, the venue still plays an important part in community events. It is now owned and managed by Stroud District Council.

Visit the Subscription Room Events to see what's on in the coming months.

Blackbrook Pavilion
Blackbrook Pavilion
Blackbrook Way, Taunton. Tel: 01823 333 435

More of a Sports & Leisure Centre but puts on various shows
Brewhouse Theatre

Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre
Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL Tel: 01823 283 244



The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton  first opened its doors in 1977 and provides a full and varied live programme catering for all ages including a wide range of touring music, drama, children's theatre, dance, opera, ballet and comedy.

Today the theatre's aim is to be the cultural centre of Taunton, presenting live performance and art exhibitions of the highest quality to its audiences.  As of February 2013 this Theatre has been closed.

Taunton Tacchi- Morris Arts Centre The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
School Road, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, TA2 8PD


The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre offers people opportunities to watch and participate in high quality drama, dance and music.A snapshot of how you can access this wonderful range of  activities is listed below:

A professional Performance Programme featuring high quality productions of Drama, Music and Dance-Youth Theatre and Youth Dance Performance groups. Adult workshops in a range of Performing Arts disciplines.-Centre Hire - the Centre is available for hire to community and amateur performers- Conferencing - the Centre runs a range of conferences throughout the year- The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre is a "Centre of Excellence in the Performing Arts in Education." -Over 1,000 young people access the Centre every week  Our comprehensive programme of dance features the country's leading exponents of Contemporary Dance, alongside a whole range of participatory activities for adults and children.
Tewkesbury Blackbrook

Roses Theatre

Sun Street
GL20 5NX
Tel: 01684 295074


The Roses was built in 1974 on the site of the art deco Sabrina Cinema. The Roses Theatre Trust was formed in 1995 and re-opened the theatre in 1996 after a nine-month long closed period when the theatre might have been lost.The live programme encompasses a wide range of touring music, drama, children’s theatre, dance, opera, ballet and comedy, culminating in the spectacular annual family pantomime.The Roses Theatre is the main independent film theatre between
Birmingham and Bristol, with a prestigious programme of British and International films.The Roses outreach programme of youth, education and community activity offers the opportunity for people to be creative in drama, music, dance and visual arts working with professional artists

Babbacombe Theatre
Babbacombe Downs, Torquay TQ1 3LV Tel: 01803 328385


Situated on the beautiful Babbacombe Downs, in Torquay,South Devon. For over 20 years now, Colin Matthews has produced 'Best Value Entertainment' at the South West's only unsubsidised professional theatre

Princess Theatre

The Princess Theatre
Torbay Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5EZ Tel: 01803 290290


The Princess Theatre is situated on Torquay seafront overlooking the marina.  The theatre hosts a wide variety of shows all year round from comedians and tribute acts to opera, ballets and West End musicals.  With beautiful panoramic views across the bay our cafe-bar Breezes offers a mouthwatering menu and a wide range of beverages as well as a fully licensed bar.  Open all year round the cafe-bar is the perfect place whether you are looking for pre-show meal or a frothy cappucino why not call in to Breezes.  
Riviera Centre

Torquay Riviera Centre
Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon Box Office 01803 206333


Mainly a leisure & conference centre but does host events
Wellington Riviera Centre

The Arts Centre
Eight Acre Lane
TA21 8PS
(01823) 667774


Formed in the 1960’s, the Wellington Arts Association (WAA) brings together all groups interested in the Arts in the Wellington area under one roof and promotes their activities. At the Arts Centre we provide facilities for rehearsals, meetings, exhibitions, workshops, amateur and professional performances.
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Wellesley Theatre

50 Mantle Street
TA21 8AU
Tel: 01823 666 66

The Wellesley was built in 1937, it is in the traditional Art Deco style of that period, the auditorium seats 400 people on two levels, 250 downstairs "STALLS" and 150 upstairs "CIRCLE" which has raked stadium seating, and provides a little more comfort and greater leg-room. The Wellesley is now operated under Private Independent Management, many improvements have been carried out in recent times, including the installation of a brand new - Projection Equipment in March 2003, in February 2006 we installed the latest Multi Media projection equipment which now allows us to screen films in ALL formats, 35mm, 16mm, dvd, video and satellite links, we have also installed an induction loop system in the circle area, all as part of our policy of continuous upgrading.

Wells  Little
                    Theatre, Wells

The Little Theatre

Chamberlain Street
tel: 01749 672280


The Little Theatre is owned and administered by Wells Operatic
Society Limited, a registered charity. It is dependent on voluntary contributions.

Most of the work is done by members of the Society on a voluntary basis. Work beyond the scope of the members is, wherever possible, given to local traders.

High St, Weston Super Mare. Tel: 01934 627457


The Playhouse
The Playhouse was re-opened in 1969. The final cost was £230,000.
For the first time Weston had a theatre that could easily stage a wide variety of productions, from ballet and music to opera and drama.  The stage is 59' x 28' and the cleverly designed orchestra pit may be covered to form an apron stage or floored over at stalls level for additional seating. The auditorium seats 658. The decorative panels on the frontage were the conception of London sculptor, William Mitchell who also commissioned work for Liverpool Cathedral. The first production was Let Sleeping Wives Lie starring Brian Rix. 

The Winter Gardens have a special place in Weston
                and host many events and exhibitions 

Winter Gardens
Royal Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset. Tel: 01934 645544


On 14 July 1927 the Winter Gardens and Pavilion were officially opened by Ernest Palmer, deputy chairman of the Great Western Railway. This ceremony was proceeded by one at which T.E. Macfarlane, Chairman of the Council, opened the gate in Post Office Road with a golden key.

In 1989 the Winter Gardens closed for multi-million pound development, complete refurshibment and extension into the new Town Square Gardens transforming the building into the one it is today. Whilst still retaining the classic 1920's grandeur,the centre now boasts an extensive modern Conference and Entertainment facility.


Swan Theatre

138 Park Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1QT Tel: 01935 434919


Today, The Swan Theatre Company owns one of the best equipped little theatres in the West of England. We offer the public an intimate, newly refurbished tiered auditorium with excellent acoustics, professional quality lighting and sound system, a fully licensed bar and extensive wardrobe with hire facilities.

The Company produces six plays a year and also provides a venue for other companies and events.
Octagon Theatre

Octagon Theatre
Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset Tel: 01935 422884


The Octagon was built in 1974 and opened as a multi purpose hall (The Johnson Hall). Within the first few years it became apparent that the venue was both more suitable and successful at staging performances than any of the other activities (ballroom dances, exhibitions, etc.) for which it was intended.

From the outset the Johnson Hall became home to Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society who have regularly presented two musical productions each year. Another early user who has maintained their relationship with The Octagon up to the present day is the Yeovil Temple Salvation Army whose annual Christmas Carol services become ever more popular.

In 2003 the Octagon was refurbished and extended. A new rehearsal studio was created on the ground floor, whilst on the first floor space was added to the bar and cafe areas.The auditorium was re-seated and even the structure on which the seating stands was replaced. Creating large new storage areas and ensuring greater comfort for theatregoers.

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                    Hall Aldershot
Princes Hall
Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire. Tel: 01252 329155

The Princes Hall is a multi purpose entertainment centre located in the heart of Aldershot, in the North East of Hampshire.

The Lights
The Lights
  The Lights, West Street, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1AH
Box Office: 01264 368368

Opened in October 2006, The Lights, a professional arts and entertainment venue is sited alongside the River Anton in the centre of Andover, Hampshire.The Lights features a 242 seat fully raked auditorium, a large Arena Hall with outside canopied decking area, a suite of business rooms, a dance studio and function rooms, all complemented by a stylish cafe area and wine bar.
Offering a full professional programme of music, theatre, comedy and dance together with an arts related education and training programme, community group performances, exhibitions and gigs, we plan to become the hub of creative activity for the Andover area.The venue offers almost 2,000 square metres of flexible space that can be used for anything from a board meeting to a ball.  The new Arena Hall is the setting for larger events, performances in the round, themed exhibitions, or when the lights are changed, it becomes a place to relax in a more intimate, cabaret style environment.

Winton Studio
Winton Studio Theatre
Winton School, London Road, Andover, Hampshire. SP10 2PS - Telephone: 01264 351822

                    Civic Centre
Aylesbury Civic Centre
Market Square, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Telephone: 01296 486009

The Anvil
Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR Tel: 01256 844244

There are some rare treats at The Anvil this Summer, from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of The Queen Symphony, based on the music of Freddie Mercury and his seminal band, to a thrilling jazz version of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, performed by Brian Kellock, Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Crazy comedy comes courtesy of Alan Carr, perfectly contrasted a few days later with Pam Ayres' witty poetry.

Meanwhile, there's great variety across the season: the von Trapp Children, the real great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp, make their UK debut; LA rockers Los Lobos pay us a visit; and New Orleans Nights brings classic jazz to our door, thanks to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Bournemouth International Centre


The best small scale theatre and music venue in the region!

We are the friendly, comfortable, arts venue on your own doorstep, ready to offer the best in relaxed entertainment.

Come along and enjoy our facilities, the spacious bar and foyer, recording studio, two dance studios, as well as the comfortable seating in an air conditioned theatre.

Basingstoke  Haymarket, Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre
Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW Tel: 01256 323073
Picnic 'Glyndebourne' style in the picturesque grounds of Bearwood College from 5pm prior to going  into the
enclosed theatre for the

 Tel: 0118 926 2394

Opera at Bearwood is Berkshire, England's newest amateur opera company, created to bring the grand opera experience to Reading, Wokingham and central Berkshire, and wish to communicate their love of this unique medium to an increasingly aware audience.. Performances will be held in Bearwood Theatre situated in the picturesque and spacious grounds of Bearwood College, Wokingham, Berkshire,
(The former Merchant Navy College)

                    International Centre
Bournemouth International Centre
Exeter road, Bournemouth. BH2 5BH - Telephone: 01202 454767


The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is one of the most prestigious venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events. Owned and managed by Bournemouth Borough Council, the BIC operates alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom to provide the event organiser and leisure visitor with some of the best facilities on England's sunny south coast.

Situated in the heart of Bournemouth with public transport links close by, we host events of all sizes from Birthday Parties to Party Political Conferences, Amateur Musicals to top Rock and Pop Concerts. Tickets for events at our venues are available to buy here online.

The Landmarc
Exeter Road
BH2 5AQ tel: 01202 589 868
Landmarc is a stylishly converted Grade II listed Church set in the heart of Bournemouth Town Centre. Landmarc provides a diverse entertainment offer that caters for all ages and tastes. From The Comedy Store, tribute shows, popstars from past and present and the best in alternative entertainment, it's hard not to find a night out to meet your expectations on any level. A 500 capacity venue, Landmarc can cater from the smallest intimate celebration to a full scale corporate event/party.
Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth
Pavillion Theatre
Westover Road, Bournemouth. BH1 2BX - Telephone: 01202 456456
The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is one of the most prestigious venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events. Owned and managed by Bournemouth Borough Council, the BIC operates alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom to provide the event organiser and leisure visitor with some of the best facilities on England's sunny south coast.

Situated in the heart of Bournemouth with public transport links close by, we host events of all sizes from Birthday Parties to Party Political Conferences, Amateur Musicals to top Rock and Pop Concerts. Tickets for events at our venues are available to buy here online.

Pier Theatre Bournemouth
Pier Theatre
Exeter Road, Bournemouth - Telephone: 01202 456 456

                      Arts Centre  
Forest Arts Centre
Old Milton Road
New Milton
Bournemouth, Hampshire
BH25 6DS
Tel: +44 1425 612393

This popular arts centre specialises in theatre, dance, music and comedy and also features regular art and sculpture exhibitions, plus a programme of workshops and hands-on experiences. Situated in the heart of the New Forest, it serves both the local community and the wider audiences found in Southampton and Bournemouth. It has a fully licensed bar serving bottled beer, guest ales, wine and soft drinks, as well as confectionery and ice cream.
                    Hill Parks
South Hill Parks Arts Centre
Bracknell, Berks RG12 7PA Tel: 01344 484123

In 1971, Sir Jack Hughes, then Chairman of Bracknell Development Corporation, persuaded the district and town councils, Southern Arts Association and the Arts Council to create the arts centre and theatre at South Hill Park, keen for everyone to have the opportunity of enjoying the arts as much as he did himself. Sir Jack was elected Founder Chairman of the Arts Centre on its opening in 1973. In 1984, the construction of Phase 2 completed the original design for the 330 seat Wilde Theatre, which has drawn large numbers of people to the area since its opening. In 2002, the Park completed a major programme of refurbishment. A successful application for £3million from the Arts Council of England National Lottery Board, partnered with £1million from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, has created an exciting development of the mansion buildings. The scheme has transformed the interior of the old building into a purpose built art space. A New Atrium opened up the heart of the building and provides an attractive meeting place, a restaurant and bar featuring art works and an informal performance space.

The Elgiva
St Marys Way, , Chesham, Bucks. HP5 1HR. Tel: 01494 582900

As always we host several first time productions, from the legendary football manager Tommy Docherty in May, to The Dreamboys, for the ladies!! and in July an intriguing evening about the World War 11 Codebreakers, featuring a working Enigma machine and also later on in the year, The Magic Dance of Ireland, a cracking evening of professional Irish dance talent.

Musically, as always the Elgiva hosts the full range, with the brilliant tribute to Pink Floyd, Perfect Alibi bringing their spectacular show to Chesham and shortly after we host the second Chiltern Blues Festival, featuring Matt Schofield, but there is more – Genesis in the Cage remind us of the fabulous originals, the Chicago Blues Brothers roll into town in June, as do the best Queen tribute around, Mercury. As a community it’s great that we should remember local people and the rock night tribute to Rafe Chiles , Punchbowl Reunion does just that, so please support this event also in June.

The first ever Chesham Comedy Festival takes place over 5 days from late May, featuring the comedic talents of Sandi Toksvig, Bonnie Langford, Jo Caulfield, Rainer Hersch, Kit and the Widow to name but a few!

Chipping Norton
Chipping Norton Theatre

The Theatre
2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Tel: 01608 642 350


Located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds, the Theatre has a packed and diverse calendar of events.
The Theatre is housed in a listed building full of atmosphere and character, and our well-equipped non smoking bar features stunning murals by artist Graham Rust.

We provide an eclectic programme of live theatre, music, dance and comedy, culminating in our famous annual pantomime, which attracts visitors from across the globe for its charm and tradition. We also screen a wide range of contemporary, classic, art house and foreign language films throughout the year.

Regent Centre Christchurch
Regent Centre
51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset. BH23 1AS - Telephone: 01202 499148
The Regent Centre is located in the High Street, Christchurch, with the two main towns of Bournemouth and Poole six and twelve miles to the West. The New Forest stretches to the East for some thirty miles as far as Southampton. The Centre was opened in 1931 as a cinema and was used thus or as a bingo hall until 1983, when it was purchased by Christchurch Borough Council for re-development. Local pressure and enthusiasm for the arts persuaded the Borough Council to re establish the cinema and add structures and fittings to enable theatre presentations. The Council provided a small number of key professional staff, but a majority of the day to day operation was carried out by volunteers. The programme of events at the centre has continued to expand and diversify since this time. In 1986, a temporary structure was added to the rear of the building to provide dressing room accommodation and a Studio rehearsal space. In 2000 a permanent four story replacement was completed as part of the town’s Millennium celebration.
                    Arts Centre
Dorchester Dorchester Arts Centre
School Lane , The Grove,
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XR
Box office: 01305266926


Dorchester Festival presents a professional and community performance programme over 5 days, centred around 3 days of free events and aims to take place from Thursday 24th May � Monday 28th May 2007. Alongside Highlights which include theatre, dance and music from Central and Eastern Europe audiences can expect the return of fantastic street theatre throughout the weekend and a whole series of art and music workshops in the festival yurts at Maumbury rings, visual arts exhibition at the Dorchester Town Hall and artists in residence at the Roman Town House.

The Point
The Point
Leigh Road, Eastleigh- Box Office: (023) 8065 2333.


A world of theatre, music, dance and food – and some world questions…Our tenth anniversary year moves on apace with a bumper season from April to July. There are international visitors from Brazil, Australia, Spain and the United States, the debut production of our new Young People’s Theatre and a wondrous convergence of summer festivals old and new with the first Point on the Park music event, the Hampshire Food Festival and the ever popular annual JUMP! dance festival.

                    Arts Centre Fareham
Ashcroft Arts Centre
Osborn Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire
PO16 7DX
Tel: +44 1329 310600

This thriving theatre and community centre has been one of the leading arts centres on the south coast for over twenty years. It offers a varied programme of plays, live music, comedy, cabaret, films, dance productions and visual arts, along with exhibitions and workshops. It has a 120 seat auditorium, a fully licenced bar, a dance and music studio and two exhibition areas.

Henley on Thames
Kenton Theatre Henley
The Kenton Theatre
New Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BS Tel:01491 575698

The Kenton Theatre is the fourth oldest working theatre in the country and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Once again we find the theatre badly in need of considerable funds in order to comply with today's strict health and safety requirements and you can help by simply coming regularly to see live shows, or the extensive range of films shown. Becoming a Friend of the Kenton will also help towards keeping alive one of Henley's most treasured assets
High Wycombe Kenton
                      Theatre Henley

Writers of Note

Kiln Lodge, Kiln Lane
 Lacey Green
 HP27 0PU tel: (0) 1844 347414


The Writers of Note in question have been a creative team since 1991. They are lyricist/poet/author Sara Ridgley (also known as Crazy Sara, Annie Leybourne - poetry non-de-plume - and The Madwoman In The Studio. See photo above. She's the one with no beard, but a clear penchant for dazzling colours) and musician/composer/arranger/Musical Director/Conductor Gavin Mole (also known in the West End as Tom Wakeley - stage name - and A Legend In His Own Lifetime to RADA students, to whom he's Vocal Coach. He often does have a beard and wears less pink than Sara).
High Wycombe
Wycombe Swan
Wycombe Swan Theatre
St Mary Street, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP11 2XE - Telephone: 01494 512000

Wycombe Swan has a vibrant team of 40 staff members and 200 volunteers from the local community. Please see the links down the left hand side of the page to find out more about who does what at the Wycombe Swan and how the organisation works. Wycombe Swan is managed on behalf of Wycombe District Council by Wycombe Arts Management Ltd. The programme aims to present the finest local, national and international companies and performers possible. Due to the wide-ranging nature of the programme it has always been the aim to present festivals and themed seasons, such as Swan Dance and Small Scale Big Ideas. These provide a focus for innovative programming, new commissions, educational projects and audience development.
Lyme Regis
                      Theatre Lyme

Marine Theatre

Church Street
Lyme Regis
Tel: 01297 442 138
An imaginative programme to suit everyone
Drama, Musicals, Comedy,
Opera, Light Opera, Dance,
Children's Shows
Classical Music, Jazz,
Blues, Country / Western,
Soul, Folk, Rock, Discos

Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze,
Maidenhead SL6 8AW
Tel: 01628 633899 or 01628 639955
The Pearce Suite is a great place for all to enjoy a night's entertainment. We also hold Children's shows, please watch out for these.
Norton Farm Maidenhead
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
call 01628 788997


The Centre's history begins in the 1970s, when a strong demand for an arts centre for Maidenhead began to emerge.  Maidenhead Arts was set up in 1978 as an umbrella organisation of local arts groups committed to establishing an appropriate centre for both amateur and professional work.In 1992 part of the Norden Farm site was sought for redevelopment. The site offered listed buildings with a quality ambience suited to creative activity, an opportunity to preserve part of Maidenhead's heritage, and a proximity to the heart of the community which would enable use of the facility to be maximised. Norden Farm Centre Trust, was established to manage the project. Work commenced on building Norden Farm arts centre in early 1994.  The Arts Council carried out a full assessment during autumn 1997, prior to an announcement of support and approval for the finished scheme with a Lottery award of £5,295,000 in January 1998. The final design stage of the project was completed in late 1998 and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts finally opened its doors to the public on the 17 September 2000. Up to 2,500 people a week visit the Centre for a variety of live shows, films, classes and workshops, or to eat in the Cafe Bar or Norden's restaurant.

Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
Milton Keynes Theatre
500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes. Tel: 01908 606090


Milton Keynes Theatre opened on 4 October 1999, 25 years after the campaign for a new theatre first started and has placed Milton Keynes firmly on the country's cultural map.The new theatre is the latest state of the art building, with the most technically advanced equipment available. Designed by architects Blonski-Heard, it accommodates a vast range of productions, from large-scale West End musicals, to smaller, more intimate drama. The auditorium ceiling has been carefully designed to accommodate various shows and can be lowered or raised depending on the scale of the production. The seating can also be moved around within the auditorium to vary the capacity from between 900 and 1,400.In addition to bringing a variety of performances to the city, Milton Keynes Theatre provides a focus for the city's already thriving cultural life. The very first performances on the new theatre's stage brought together nearly 1,000 local people, actors, dancers, musicians and backstage staff. The theatre stages a variety of large West End productions, including Annie starring Lesley Joseph, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Adventures In Motion Pictures; Swan Lake and The Car Man, West Side Story and Dr Dolittle starring Russ Abbot.

Watermill Newbury

Corn Exchange, Newbury, , Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD - Telephone: 01635 522733


The Corn Exchange Trust is now an arts organisation with responsibility for an ever-increasing range of diverse activities, attracting over 106,000 audience members annually.

Primarily it presents a broad programme of work that includes drama, contemporary dance, comedy, popular entertainment, non-professional and student productions, live music, film and physical theatre at The Corn Exchange building in Newbury town centre.

Watermill Newbury
The Watermill, West Berkshire Playhouse
Market Place, Newbury. Tel: 01635 522 733


The Watermill Theatre produces quality work that attracts high calibre artists and creative teams earning it a reputation as one of the very best producing regional theatres in the country.

It is one of only five theatres that has been awarded a National Touring remit by Arts Council England and its work tours and entertains, moves and impresses audiences at home and internationally.

Twice a year The Watermill performs new writing to rural communities, playing in village halls and small arts centres. Alongside this it organises an extensive range of youth and education activities and works closely with the business community.

The theatre seats 220 people within a stunning converted mill situated in beautiful gardens on the bank of the river Lambourn just outside Newbury in West Berkshire. The compact building makes the theatre experience extraordinarily intimate for both performers and audience. 


MEDINA THEATRE   Mountbatten Centre, Fairlee Road, Newport, I.O.W. - Tel: 01983 527020


The Medina Theatre is a community based theatre which plays host to a number of entertaining and varied performances. Seating an audience of 425 the theatre hosts a large number of both local and national plays, concerts, ballets and lectures throughout the year, catering for a large cross section of the community.

Medina Movies operates two film seasons during the year, within the pleasant surroundings of the Theatre. Films are shown once a week during each season of approximately 12 films, and cover a wide variety of films from a wide background of timeless classics to the modern greats. Many regular cinema fans, as part of the cinema experience, join the film membership club, which for a small fee you can see all films at a concessionary rate, and get movie notes accompanying each film.

Creation Theatre Company Ltd, 2nd Floor, Kennett House, 108-110 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9AW   
Admin: 01865 761393 Box Office: 01865 766266

1 June - 28 July - HAMLET
16 July- - 25 August - THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
The magnificent surroundings of Oxford Castle provide Creation with two stunning open air theatre spaces. The Castle Garden, a former prison exercise yard, provides a powerful setting for Hamlet and The Oxford Passion; whilst the dramatic Unlocked Castleyard at the foot of the Castle Mound offers an exceptional space for The Taming of the Shrew. Last year alone, we welcomed 50,000 people to our
shows, events and workshops.

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MOMO Theatre
83 Lytton Road

Tel. (01865) 776427


Over the last five years, MOMO Theatre has gained an impressive reputation for providing effective, educational and entertaining shows throughout the UK.

We have performed in schools, workplaces and at outdoor events. Much of our experience has been in the area of sustainability and the environment, but we can create a show to be performed anywhere, to make anyone enthusiastic about any topic!
Specialists in environmental, healthy eating, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and energy efficiency shows.

                    Theatre Oxford
New Theatre, George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG - Tel: 0870 606 3500
With a seating capacity of almost 2,000, theNew Theatre (formerly  Apollo) is Oxford's premier theatre, offering a wide range of shows: from opera and ballet to modern musicals, tribute bands and popular comedy acts. Annual visits are made by nationally acclaimed touring companies including the English National Ballet, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, the Welsh National Opera and the Rambert Dance Company. The theatre is well laid out, service between acts is usually rapid and courteous, and there are good views of the stage from all seats.
                    Fire Station Theatre

Old Fire Station Theatre 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 297170


The Old Fire Station has developed a reputation as one of the city's major theatrical venues. It stages a wide variety of productions, from Shakespeare to new productions and family shows. Tickets for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford can also be booked here if you come in person on weekdays.
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Headlong Theatre
Chertsey Chambers
12 Mercer Street
Tel: 020 7438 9940

Oxford Stage Company

Headlong Theatre is dedicated to new ways of making theatre. By exploring revolutionary writers and practitioners of the past and commissioning new work from artists from a wide variety of backgrounds we aim constantly to push the imaginative boundaries of the stage. Headlong makes exhilarating, provocative and spectacular new work to take around the country and around the world.

 Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 IRE - Tel: 01865 722851 PEGASUS THEATRE CLICK

Pegasus Theatre is a unique place where you can see some of the newest and most exciting contemporary performing arts from all over the world. It is also a place where you can try things out for yourself. We specialise in youth arts education and run classes in performance, technical theatre and writing as well as hold residencies with professional artists and companies.


Playhouse Theatre,  Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW Tel : 01865 798600


Oxford Playhouse has a well-earned reputation as one of Britain's leading theatres. From its foundation in the 1920s to the present day, it has been associated with the launch of many stellar careers and productions; its repertory years saw companies which included such names as John Gielgud, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ronnie Barker and Dirk Bogarde. Its association with the University of Oxford brought Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to our stage (in a memorable 1960s production of Dr Faustus). Other notable student performers include Rowan Atkinson and Dudley Moore, as well as future talents who were destined to grace a different kind of stage, like politicians Shirley Williams and Nigel Lawson, director John Schlesinger and writers Alan Bennett and Christopher Hampton.

Overcoming the difficulties and changes that have beset theatres across the country in recent years, the past decade has seen The Oxford Playhouse re-emerge as a vibrant presenting theatre, a key date on the national touring circuit, with strong support from its wide audience. We host a rich programme of drama, dance, music, music theatre and children's theatre, and we are taking an increasingly active role in producing, launching and commissioning new work.


 Sheldonian Theatre, Broad St, Oxford, OX1 3AZ - Tel: 01865 277299


The Sheldonian Theatre was erected in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) from funds donated by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677), who during his long career held office as Warden of All Souls Bishop of London and Archbishop of Canterbury and was elected as Chancellor of the University of Oxford. In 1994 the Theatre was described by the European Commission as "one of the architectural jewels of Oxford". Its purpose was to provide an appropriate secular venue for the principal meetings and public ceremonies of the University, and this remains its purpose today.The seating capacity is up to 1,000 for conferences and 800 for concerts and there is a substantial floor area for presentational material. Although the theatre does not have all the features which may be required for business sessions, it has been used successfully for formal opening or closing meetings. It is also eminently suited for musical entertainments for prestige conferences, for which it has experienced staff.
Poole Arts

Poole Arts Centre
Kingland Road
Poole, Dorset
BH15 1UG
Tel: +44 1202 685222


This large arts and entertainment centre is a popular venue for touring pop, rock and classical concerts, theatre productions and art exhibitions, offering large comfortable concert halls and fully licensed bars. The full range of the arts is covered including dance, ballet, opera and classical music and the centre boasts a full yearly programme from the highly acclaimed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Independent cinema productions are a regular feature, as well as an annual pantomime and big-name comedy one-man shows.
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

  New Theatre Royal,Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DD - Tel: 01705 649000


Mission Statement

To present, promote and produce wonderful work for the people of Portsmouth through the presentation of work in a restored theatre, the use of working spaces in the Back Lot for participatory and outreach activities, and the development of strategic partnerships providing a creative powerhouse at the heart of the city.




Hexagon,  Queen's Walk, Reading, RG1 7UA. - Tel: 0118 960 6060



The Hexagon is a well established multi purpose venue, in the heart of Reading. We have an exciting programme of events including Rock, Pop, Comedy, Drama, Classical Music and Dance.

The Mill, Sonning Eye, Henley on Thames, Reading, RG4 6TY - Tel: 0118 969 8000


Twenty five years ago this Eighteenth Century Flour Mill beside the Thames was converted into a dinner theatre by Tim & Eileen Richards. In that time 217 plays have been produced in our air-conditioned theatre; 1,224,443 freshly home-cooked meals have been served in our oak beamed restaurant; 1,283 actors have entertained 1,220,103 loyal customers. To celebrate on July 23rd 2007 a Gala will be staged featuring our first Artistic Director, Peter Egan, and a host of other stars. We would like to thank all our patrons for their steadfast support and we look forward to serving you for another 25 years.
Salisbury Salisbury Art Centre   Salisbury Arts Centre
Bedwin Street
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Tel: +44 1722 321744
Housed in a 13th century church, this flourishing arts centre offers an exciting mixed programme of events including music, dance and theatre. The centre also hosts a range of exhibitions and workshops, along with the best in live acoustic acts in the Akoostic Café. If you are feeling peckish, light snacks and refreshments are available inside the centre at Footlights café and bar. This is open on performance nights and during the centre's normal opening hours.

Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA - Tel: 01722 320333


Salisbury Playhouse is a regional producing theatre, serving Salisbury and the wider region of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. It presents its productions in both its 517 seat main house and its 140-seat studio throughout the year, and also operates a thriving education and outreach department and youth theatre. We are currently building a new extension to house our first on site rehearsal room and education and community space.   However the next few months present a real challenge for the Playhouse. We need to secure the final funds as soon as possible, to ensure that we can keep to our current schedule avoid the costs of delaying construction.

Shaftesbury Arts Centre
  Shaftesbury Arts Centre 

13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8AR Tel: 01747 854321 

Established in 1957 in the old covered market in the centre of the medieval Dorset market town of Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Arts Centre is now widely recognised as one of the best volunteer membership-led arts centres in south west England.

Its regular, varied and lively year-round programme of amateur and professional plays, films, art, photography and craft exhibitions, workshops, and training courses draws people from far and wide including Wiltshire and Somerset. It is also increasingly taking the arts out into the community


Gantry, off Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, SO15 1GW - Tel: 023 8025 3960

This lively venue covers a wide spectrum of the arts including comedy, dance, theatre, concerts and literary readings. Both local and touring companies regularly appear and the centre also hosts international arts and puts on traditional entertainment and exhibitions. The committed and friendly staff are mostly made up of volunteers and a good selection of food and drink is served, including delicious South Indian cuisine on Friday and Saturday evenings. There is also a licensed bar.
Open Hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Fri; midday-6pm Sat; 10am-8pm performance nights

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Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE - Telephone: 023 80 711 811

The largest theatre in the South offers you magical evenings with the most spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet, and some of the biggest names in popular music and comedy.Built in 1928, the historic building is full of atmosphere and tradition, while the modernised facilities provide an evening of comfort and quality.We aim to offer at least one signed performance using British Sign Language as well as at least one audio described performance for the visually impaired at all productions which run for more than one week.
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Nuffield Theatre University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR
Box Office: 023 8067 1771
Administration: 023 8031 5500 |


In 1964, with support from the Nuffield Foundation, the University of Southampton built a theatre on its campus for the people of Southampton.  The Theatre was built by Sir Basil Spence, OM RA, who worked closely with Sir Richard Southern as consultant for the interior design and layout of the theatre, which was officially opened by Dame Sybil Thorndike on 2 March. 

Nearly twenty years later on 1 November 1982, The Nuffield became an independent producing theatre funded by Arts Council England, Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and Hampshire County Council.  Over the next 25 years, The Nuffield came to be recognised as a major force in British theatre. 

320 Portswood Road
Southampton, Hampshire
SO17 2TD
Tel: +44 2380 555899
This small, friendly music venue puts on gigs by both established and new bands and showcases local talent, with styles ranging from salsa and reggae to dance and disco, as well as rock and indie. There are regular comedy evenings and there is live traditional Irish music every Sunday lunchtime. Alternative entertainment is also a feature, with Murder Mystery evenings on alternate Tuesdays. This charming venue can be found in the Portswood area of Southampton, close to The Brook.
Southampton Watermill Newbury Turner Sims Concert Hall University of Southampton, University Road, SOUTHAMPTON SO17 1BJ

Tel +44 (0)23 8059 5000


Opened in 1974 its intimate auditorium and outstanding acoustics combine to create a magical atmosphere for performers and audiences alike. For over 30 years the Turner Sims has been bringing the finest musicians in the world to Southampton and attracting ever-increasing audiences to hear them. The Turner Sims is located in the gardens of the University of Southampton's Highfield Campus, set back from University Road between the Nuffield Theatre and the John Hansard Gallery.
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Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2QJ - Telephone: 023 9282 8282


This dignified and beautiful theatre - with its Italian Renaissance style of decor - is one of the best examples of the elegant Edwardian playhouses to be found in the British Isles and one of the few remaining traditional hemp houses. It is the result of the vision and business acumen of John Walter Boughton and the architectural prowess of Frank Matcham, one of the greatest of theatre architects. Although Frank Matcham is much respected and his work is becoming well documented, J W Boughton remains largely unknown outside Portsmouth .This theatre has served the citizens of Portsmouth and the surrounding area for 100 years. With the help and support of all the local community let us share the courage and vision of J W Boughton and Frank Matcham, and see that the Kings remains active and very much alive in its centenary in 2007 and onwards for the next 100 years.
Layard Theatre
Canford School
Wimborne, Canford Magna, BH21 3AD

tel: 01202 847525

The Layard Theatre was opened by Sir Richard Eyre in May 1999,  having been funded in part from the sale of the Assyrian Frieze, which had originally been brought to Canford by Sir Henry Layard in the mid-nineteenth century.Attractively sited on the campus of Canford School, in 250 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Stour, the theatre offers the pleasure of the performing arts in a beautiful and historic setting.
Mowlem Theatre The
Box Office/Institute Rd
Swanage, BH19 1DD
tel: 01929 422239
The Mowlem Theatre was opened in 1967 and replaced the smaller original Victorian building which had stood for over 100 years. It can seat up to 400 patrons in the stalls and circle and is situated on the sea front at Swanage at the junction of two of the main shopping streets. It has a combined programme of, typically, over 200 film performances each year in addition to 60-100 nights of live theatre. There are two bars, a licensed restaurant, a function room and four shops within the complex. The present Theatre was opened in 1967 and replaced the smaller original Victorian building which had stood for over 100 years.
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Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN - Telephone: 01793 524481


The Wyvern Theatre is set to re-open in Summer 2007 after closing due to an asbestos discovery last September. An exact date will be announced shortly for more information and exciting news about the refurbishment visit our new blog feature.
The Wyvern Theatre opened in September 1971 by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip.The Wyvern Theatre is managed on behalf of Swindon Borough Council by Wyvern Theatre Ltd, a subsidiary of Hetherington Seelig Theatres Ltd. Directors of HST, Stephen Hetherington, Joseph Seelig and Stuart Griffiths. Chief Executive, Michael Ockwell. The auditorium has 615 seats and every seat is designed to be no further than 70ft from the stage. Wyvern Theatre is named after a mythical beast, similar to a dragon, which was once the emblem of the Kings of Wessex.
                    Theatre Trowbridge
Arc Theatre Trowbridge
College Road
BA14 0ES  tel: 01225 756376 / 766241  
Wiltshire College is host to a professional theatre venue, Arc Theatre, on the Trowbridge site.

The Arc Theatre provides over 100 public events each year, including a varied programme of drama, dance, music and children’s events. There is also the opportunity to become involved in our regulat theatre and dance groups at either Chippenham or Trowbridge, or to help run the Theatre as a member of our volunteer team.

The theatre’s giant 6m x 4m film screen means that the Theatre now also shows a range of films using the latest DVD and digital sound technology.

                    Pavilion Theatre

Pavilion Complex

The Esplanade
Tel: 01305 78225


For the best all-round live entertainment you need look no further than Weymouth Pavilion Theatre.

Top name shows, talent contests, music festivals, comedy, musical theatre, children's shows, and of course - pantomime - we really know how to put on a show


Tivoli Theatre

West Borough
BH21 1LT
Tel: 01202 848014

Restored Art-Deco theatre showing a wide variety of live productions, from musicals, shows, plays, rock, ballet and jazz, to comedy, music hall and top big bands as well as the latest film releases.
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Theatre Royal, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB - Telephone: 01962 840440


The Theatre presents a wide range of work, from stand-up comedy to children's theatre and including music, dance and classic plays. We are sure that you will find things that interest you.

Since the Theatre re-opened in October 2001, after a major refurbishment, over 6,000 people a month have been through our doors. They have found the brand new box office, 3 bars and 2 meeting rooms are wonderful facilities to complement the renovation of the auditorium and the rebuilt stage. We look forward to many more joining them.


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De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 

  De La Warr Pavilion Marina, Bexhill-On-Sea,
East Sussex TN40 1DP  Telephone:01424 787949

The De La Warr Pavilion is a Modernist icon for contemporary art situated a stone‘s throw from the beach in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex.This magnificent Grade One listed building has welcomed over half a million visitors since re-opening in October 2005 after a major £9 million refurbishment and redevelopment.  As well as being one of this country‘s architectural landmarks, it also has an enviable reputation as home to some of the best contemporary art on the international circuit today, exhibited in two beautifully restored galleries.Fresh, locally-sourced food is served in our first floor restaurant overlooking the sea.  Or you can sit in the café/bar or outside on the balconies for a drink and home-made snack from 10am- 6pm every day.There is also a breathtaking roof-top terrace where you can linger to take in the panoramic view before coming back down to the ground floor and visiting our shop, selling books and unique souvenirs by top designers.

Bognor Regis
Alexander Bognor
  Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. PO21 1BL.
Box Office: 01243 861010
Box Office opening times - 10am - 4pm 7 days a week
Admin telephone no. - 01243 867676
Fax: 01243 861010
Email: info@hothamartscentre.co.uk
The first brick of the then Bognor Regis Centre was laid on 13th June 1977 by HRH Princess Alexandra.It was built to replace the Esplanade Theatre (opposite the Royal Norfolk Hotel) and the Theatre Royal which stood on this site.In January 2006 the current trustees took possession of the Centre with the lease intact. Major refurbishment took place and it was renamed the Hotham Arts Centre with the Alexandra Theatre.
Brighton   Akademia
14 Manchester Street
Kemp Town, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1TF

Tel: +44 1273 622633
This live performance venue is run by students from the University of Brighton. It has a lofty feel to it and is decked out in black and red. As well as the latest in new theatre productions there's a healthy dose of comedy and music with local bands and those from further afield dropping in for some raucous gigs. There is an annual comedy festival here with workshops and discussions with professional, and often well-known, performers including Graham Norton, to mention just one.

Barn Theatre
Community Centre,Southwick Street,Brighton

Brighton Centre 

Brighton Centre,
Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2GR Box Office: 0870 900 9100

The Brighton Centre is one of the largest multi-purpose theatres in the South of England with the capacity, experience and flexibility to offer the perfect location for many events. As well as rock and pop shows it hosts conferences, exhibitions, banquets and corporate entertaining.

Brighton  Brighton Corn Exchange Corn Exchange
29 New Road
(North Laine)
Brighton, East Sussex
Tel: +44 1273 674357
Part of the Brighton Dome Complex, the Corn Exchange plays host to theatre, lively shows, conferences and even kick-boxing bouts. With a vast interior, the seating capacity accommodates from 300-1,000. While it primarily presents shows and conferences, The Exchange also comes alive with Brighton's annual Jazz Bop, a summer festival celebrating the very best in contemporary jazz music. Ticket prices vary according to performance.
Brighton Dome 

Brighton Dome
Concert Hall
12a Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton BN1 1EE

Inspired by the Corn Exchange in Paris and originally covered with a huge segmented glass dome, this remarkable building was designed as the Prince Regent's riding stables and was finally completed in 1805. Part of the famous Royal Pavilion Estate, it was later converted into a Concert Hall in 1866 and became the most fashionable and culturally significant venue in the south. It was restored again in 1935 with a resplendent art-deco interior, and showcased some of the world's biggest names in entertainment, including Paul Robeson and Richard Tauber in its 1930s opening season. Now following it's grand re-launch in 2002 the biggest names are back at the Dome crossing all art forms from to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to Lou Reed. The Concert Hall's recent multi-million pound rebuilding and refurbishment project has restored the venue to its former glory, maintaining the integrity of both the Grade 1 listed Regency exterior and the 1930s Grade 1 listed interior. Superb new front-of-house facilities, comfortable seating and enhanced acoustics have transformed the Concert Hall into a major centre for live arts and business for the 21st century.

 East Sussex

Joogleberry Playhouse 

14 - 17 manchester street

tel: 01273 687171

Once upon a time…

One cold January night in 2002 sister and brother Sue and Geoff sat up late plotting and planning a way to make a dream real. Pooling resources, skills and experience the two along with Perry, partner of said Geoff, set off on a mission to bring something new and wonderful to the world.They searched high and low for the right place to spread the joogleberry magic and finally stumbled across a crumbling but beautiful listed building in the heart of Brighton. They knew the moment they walked in the door that this was the one.Defying all odds they were handed the keys to the building in February 2003 and with the help of a fantastic bunch of trades people and friends have rebuilt and renovated 14 - 17 Manchester Street into the most fabulous and magical Joogleberry Playhouse.
Komedia Broghton 

  Komedia Theatre,
14-17 Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF - Telephone: 01273 277772

Komedia is a popular haunt that presents comedy, theatre, workshops and live music. The Krater Comedy Club takes place every Saturday and Sunday evening and presents a line-up of established and new comedians. There are two shows on Saturday—the later one is always a bit more raucous, but either is always a great night out. More informal performances are presented on Sunday. Ticket prices and show times vary; call for details. There is a fine restaurant, Curve, on the ground floor for a pre-show meal.Open Hours: Box Office: 10am-10pm Mon-Sat; 10am-1pm Sun
Brighton  Little Theatre Brighton Little Theatre (The)
9 Clarence Gardens
Brighton, East Sussex
Tel: +44 1273 205000
This little gem of a theatre was once a small church serving the heart of the Brighton and Hove border community. Now it's doing much the same thing save the religion as a cutting edge/experimental theatre. For a play to stretch your boundaries head for the Little Theatre directly behind the Pull and Pump pub. Several plays are staged each year in this intimate venue. Look elsewhere for mainstream theatre, this is a place for the new and the interesting.
Brighton   Marlborough Theatre
4 Princes Street
Kemp Town
Brighton, East Sussex
Tel: +44 1273 570028
Situated upstairs from the gay and lesbian pub, The Marlborough, this tiny theatre is the place to be for raw talent. The front row of ten rows of seats (50 capacity) is almost on the stage so you're very much a part of the on-going action. It's an intimate venue putting on cutting edge, theatre, cabaret, spoken word and music. Telephone for details of this season's forthcoming programme.
Brighton  New Venture Theatre Brighton New Venture Theatre
Bedford Place
Brighton, East Sussex
Tel: +44 1273 746118
On the Brighton-Hove boundary this impressive Georgian structure, once a school, houses a theatre which concentrates on local as well as national productions. The average sized auditorium used to be the school assembly hall. Now it plays host to markedly complex productions, experimental in outlook. The New Venture puts on around ten plays a year. The theatre always welcomes new members who wish to become involved in the staging of the productions; either behind or in front of the camera.

  Pavilion Theatre,
New Road,
Brighton, BN1 1UG
Tel: 01273 709709

Built in 1935, the Pavilion Theatre was first used as a supper room and became a theatre soon afterwards. As well as hosting comedy, dance, theatre and musicals, the Pavilion Theatre is a thriving live music venue proving increasingly popular with both musicians and audiences. It is also the home of several youth and community-based groups such as Brighton Dome’s own dance and drama groups and the Short Circuit circus school.
Sallis Benney Theatre

  Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Faculty of Art & Design, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 2JY - Telephone: 01273 292556

The Sallis Benney is the University of Brighton theatre. It puts on alternative touring plays, spoken word and musical events. You could expect to see Theatre de Complicité, Linton Kwesi Johnson doing dub poetry in a Do Tongues event (Brighton spoken word forum) or Bert Jansch playing jazz - all in any one month. Do be aware that the place shuts down over the spring and early summer. This place doubles as a cinema for the occasional one-off. For films on local history and the like it's the place to come. In the past the Moving History series has shown featuring The South East on Film. Times vary but usually films begin at 6pm and tickets are £4 upwards. There is also an exhibition space and bar.
Theatre Royal Brighton

  Theatre Royal,
New Road, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 1SD - Telephone: 01273 328488- Telephone: 01273 764431


Perhaps Brighton's grandest theatre, this old style palace (1,000 seats) puts on the big touring plays, shows and musicals. The lush interior features lots of mahogany and red velvet, putting you in a luxurious mood for the West End fare—from the best in Shakespeare to panto. There is a bar the size of a hotel lobby. Step next door to Colonnade Bar for more opulence and walls festooned with shots of the stars. Ticket prices vary per performance; call or check Web site for details.
Brighton   Ray Tindle Centre
Upper Gardner Street
North Laine
Brighton, East Sussex
Tel: +44 1273 692151
At the rawer edge of Brighton theatre life the RTC puts on a lively array of theatre, cabaret and music from around the world. Come here for the more exotic plays and sounds with theatre and music culled from as far afield as Zimbabwe and the tropics. For a truly colourful night out. Everything on one floor and there's a bar.
Brighton   Tower Theatre
Pelham Tower, Pelham Street
North Laine
Brighton, East Sussex
Tel: +44 1273 667788
This theatre is part of City College Brighton (formerly Brighton College of Technology) and is located in the main college building. The Tower puts on a lot of stage adaptations of literary masterpieces. There are performances from up and coming touring companies as well as plays put on by drama students from the college. These performances are sometimes accompanied by workshops and opportunities to meet the actors. Other events at the theatre include comedy gigs, dance and concerts.
Churchill Theatre Bromley

Churchill Theatre
High Street, Bromley, Kent. BR1 1HA - Tel: 020 8460 6677

Opened on 19 July 1977 by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Churchill quickly established a reputation as a leading producing theatre.
The Churchill’s policy is to present a comprehensive range of outstanding entertainment fulfilling the needs of local theatre-goers.
The comfortable auditorium, seating up to 785, is fully air-conditioned and the theatre’s facilities include bars, refreshment kiosks and spacious foyers.

Camberley Theatre
The Camberley Theatre
Knoll Road
Surrey GU15 3SY
Box Office: 01276 707600
The Camberley Theatre offers great entertainment for audiences of all ages within the Surrey Heath region and beyond. Owned and managed by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the venue offers an exciting programme of arts and entertainment. There is something to suit all tastes with drama, music, stand-up comedy, children's shows, film screenings and workshops. The theatre also produces a highly successful pantomime that brings festive entertainment to thousands of families each year.
Canterbury  Gulbenkian Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent,CT2 7NB, UK  Tel : 01227 769 075

Gulbenkian Theatre, of the University of Kent at Canterbury, provides a mixed programme of drama, music, dance and one nighters. Have a look at the site to find out what the latest news is, what's on, download the current brochure, book online or check out the links.

Canterbury  Marlowe Canterbury Marlowe Theatre,
 The Friars, Canterbury. CT1 2AS - Telephone: 01227 763262

The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is the most prestigious Theatre in Kent, presenting touring shows of all kinds – recent major productions have included Grease and Joseph. Seating up to 1000 people, it is the largest theatre in Kent.
Currently under consideration is a £20 million refurbishment of the Marlowe Theatre, due to begin in 2008. The Theatre will be built over three floors on the same, but extended, site with better physical access for all. It will have two auditoriums, one with 1,134 seats and one with approximately 100 seats. There will be an improved front-of-house area, a bar on each floor, a café, a hospitality suite, a courtyard and a new, landscaped riverside walk.
Charles Cryer Theatre

High Street, Carshalton,
Surrey SM5 3BB
Phone: +44 (0)20 8770 4950

Charles Cryer Studio Theatre Click

The Charles Cryer Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the area. An intimate venue it offers a great deal of choice to the viewer, always attempting to push back boundaries and show productions that people might not be expecting. Throughout the year the theatre has a steady range of productions from tragedy to comedy and everywhere in-between. The facility is also used as studio facility by many organisations and particularly performance artists and dancers.
Broadway Theatre Catford
The Theatre is on the corner of Rushey Green and Catford Road on the South Circular. There is a large patrolled car park in Holbeach Road behind the Theatre. Evening parking is also available in the car park behind Laurence House, entrance in Canadian Avenue.

Broadway Theatre presents a wide range of popular star attractions alongside a host of community events, providing educational programmes ans shows that touch all ages, from primary schools at the numerous children’s shows, schools concerts and panto, through to the elderly at special midweek matinee presentations. Around 150,000 people visit the venue every year to enjoy the widest variety of productions, from multi-cultural performances to pantomime; from traditional music to rock concerts; from children’s shows to caribbean comedy; from conventions to Sky Sports presentations. Two years in to the 21st century the venue is, without doubt, currently enjoying great success coupled with enormous popularity amongst the people of South East London.
Central Theatre Chatham

 Central Theatre
 170 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4AS - Telephone:: 01634 403868

A fantastic line-up of quality entertainment awaits you at this beautiful 960-seat theatre situated in Chatham High Street. Children’s shows, comedy, the best tribute shows and top names in music all appear here on a regular basis.And there’s excellent value with aCT now! Medway's touring drama season plus regular folk and jazz evenings in the Cellar bar.The bar area is also home to The Sandwich Cellar - offering a fantastic lunchtime selection of freshly made-to-order food at great value prices, along with a fully licensed bar.


  Kings Theatre, 338 High Street Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR - Telephone: 01634 403737

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester, Festival Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP - Telephone: 01243 781312

Chichester Festival Theatre

Hawth Crawley


The Hawth Theatre is one of the south's liveliest arts venues playing host to an exciting and diverse mix of theatre, dance, music, comedy, concerts, film and visual arts.
Fairfield Halls Croydon

 Fairfield Halls,
Park Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1

The Fairfield Halls are in central Croydon, Surrey, UK. We are about 20 minutes train ride south of central London.

Croydon  Warehouse Theatre Croydon

Warehouse Theatre
 Dingwall Road,
Croydon CR0 2NF
Admin: 020 8681 1257
Box Office: 020 8680 4060


The Warehouse Theatre was founded by Sam Kelly, Richard Ireson, and Adrian Shergold at the height of the lunchtime theatre boom with the aim of presenting a varied season of plays with an emphasis on new work to the highest possible standards. The first production - Hell's Angels on Typewriters by Angela Wye - opened in May 1977, and the then 50 seat auditorium became an instant favourite with local audiences for lunchtime performances whilst sharing the building with a Caribbean night club.
In 1978 the Arts Council recognised the work of the theatre by awarding a major grant and in 1979 the nightclub closed, evening performances were introduced and the seating capacity was increased to 100. Highly respected touring companies began to visit the theatre between in-house productions and extremely popular cabaret evenings were introduced, with performers including Lenny Henry, French and Saunders, Rik Mayall, Ben Elton, and Julian Clary. Gradually more plays were premiered, with many being specially commissioned by successful writers, such as Sue Townsend, who wrote Groping for Words and Womberang for the theatre. 
Dover Discovery
Dover Discovery Centre Market Square Dover Kent CT16 1PB

The Dover Discovery Centre houses Dover Library, Dover Museum, the Adult Education Centre, a UK Online Centre, crèche, café, cinema and small theatre/performance space. The project opened in stages during 2003.The Centre is surrounded by Dover's history. From the glazed crescent of the Children's Library can be seen the ruins of the church of St Martin-le-Grande, and from the crescent on the other side of the building the remains of the gateway of the Classis Britannica fort. Inside the building are more remains of the Classis Britannica fort. Incorporated into the building is the frontage of the old Market Hall.The building which houses the Dover Discovery Centre started life as the White Cliffs Exprience, a visitor centre tracing the history of Dover. The White Cliffs Experience opened in 1991 but failed to live up to the expectations and closed 10 years later.

East Horsley
Nomad Theatre
Bishopsmead Parade
East Horsley
KT24 6RT
01483 284747
 Nomads put on around eight productions a year. From this site you can see current, past and future productions. Nomads are still putting past productions into this new site so bear with them. If you are interested in being involved in one of the future productions check the news for when auditions are to be held.
Congress Theatre Eastbourne

 Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP - Telephone: 01323 412000

The Congress Theatre is a purpose built modern theatre and conference venue with a seating capacity of 1689. It has a licensed bar, cloakroom facilities, disabled facilities and public phones are available in the foyer
Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex. BN21 4BP - Telephone: 01323 412000

The Devonshire Park Theatre is a Grade II listed building designed by Henry Currey, built in 1884 and further improved by celebrated Theatre Architect Frank Matcham in 1903. It is one of the best examples of small Victorian Theatre in the country with ornate interior featuring decorative plaster work with scrolls and caryatids by Schmidt of Holloway. The theatre won the Martini/TMA Regional Theatre Award for ‘Most Welcoming Theatre’ in 1994.
Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome

 Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne
tel:01323 412000


The Royal Hippodrome opened in 1883 as the New Theatre Royal and Opera House. It changed to the Royal Hippodrome in 1904 following refurbishment. The Royal Hippodrome was the home of Music Hall in Eastbourne for many years and has the longest running summer show in Britain.The Royal Hippodrome is owned by Eastbourne Borough Council.  The Hippodrome has a seating capacity of 643, a fully licensed bar upstairs plus coffee bar on the ground floor.

Winter Gardens East Bourne

  Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP - Telephone: 01323 412000


The Winter Garden is a Grade II listed building, designed by architect Henry Currey and built in 1875. It consists of two main parts - the Floral Hall, originally used as a skating rink in winter and concert hall in summer, and the Gold Room.   Both parts are now used for performances and as Conference Venues. The Congress Suite links the Floral Hall and the Congress Theatre providing access under cover. The Winter Garden was extensively refurbished by Eastbourne Borough Council in 1994.The Floral Hall has a seating capacity of 1,100 and the Gold Room a capacity of 400. Both have fully licensed bars and there are disabled facilities.

Bob Hope Theatre

 Bob Hope Theatre,  

Wythfield Road, Eltham, London SE9 5TG

Box Office: 020 8850 3702 

Eltham Little Theatre (now The Bob Hope Theatre) was formed on 12th November 1943 to promote drama, music and allied arts in Eltham and its immediate vicinity. It is the home of amateur theatre. Find out about forthcoming productions, membership, Bob Hope and the theatre's history.

Epsom Playhouse

Epsom Playhouse,
Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey. KT18 5AL - Telephone: 01372 742555


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Opened in 1984, the Epsom Playhouse has a wide and varied programme of professional and community productions. As a receiving house, the theatre plays host to many leading national and international artists and ensembles from the world of Dance, Drama, Children's Entertainment, Comedy, Opera, Light Entertainment and Variety   The main Auditorium seats 406  
Farnham Maltings
Farnham Maltings Association Limited, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
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Farnham Maltings
The Farnham Maltings is an exciting and lively community arts centre housed in Farnham’s historic maltings buildings on the River Wey. The centre offers a vast array of activities for adults and children alike. Regular events include the jazz and barbecue Summer Sundays which are extremely popular when the sun is shining. The centre offers cinema, theatre, dance, live music, art exhibitions, and creative writing and book group workshops. During the summer holidays there is a lot for children to get involved in including pottery and puppet-making workshops.

Folkstone, Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Folkstone, Kent. CT20 2DZ - Telephone: 01303 254695


Glyndebourne, Opera House, Glyndebourne


Guildford Civic, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA - Telephone: 01483 444 555

Electric Theatre Guildford

Electric Theatre,
 Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey - Telephone: 01483 444788

Built in 1997, the Electric Theatre is owned and managed by Guildford Borough Council. It predominantly presents amateur productions in addition to comedy, professional dance and music events. Attendances are in the region of 150,000 people per year.

There is main stage, which seats up to 220 people but which can also accommodate up to 400 for a standing event and be set up in an informal cabaret style. The Electric Theatre also has a private meeting room – the Farley Room – that can seat up to 50 people.

Guildford The Mill Studion
Guildford Mill Studio
Millbrook, Guildford,
Surrey GU1 3UX

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The Mill Studio in the centre of Guildford belongs to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre yet has an atmosphere all of its own. It is a tiny studio theatre with only 80 seats available which makes it a uniquely intimate dramatic experience. There is a wide variety of performances available that range from drama and comedy to music and physical theatre. The theatre also caters well for children and puts its own Youth Theatre performances. Tickets are very cheap and are never more than £10.
Yvonne Arnaud Guildford

 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3UX - Telephone: 01483 44 00 00

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, under the Directorship of James Barber, is a busy producing and receiving house creating shows in Guildford and touring nationally with many transferring to the West End. On both the main stage – which seats 590 – and in the Mill Studio, an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary work by new, lesser-known and established writers is staged. Ballet, opera and children's events are also staged, alongside music, comedy, contemporary dance and more experimental theatre in the Mill Studio. There is an annual pantomime, art exhibition and film season feature. The Youth and Education facility offers an exciting mix of activities for young people and adults all year round.
Hailsham Pavilion

Hailsham Pavilion, George Stree, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1AE - Telephone: 01323 841414

Hankham   Starshine Music
Hankham, East Sussex
White Rock Theatre in Hastings

Hastings, White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1JX - Telephone: 01424 781000

Capitol Horsham
North Street
West Sussex
RH12 1RG
tel:01403 750220
The Capitol received an award winning £7 million refurbishment which was completed in 2003. It houses an auditorium seating up to 450 people, a Studio space for 100 people and two cinemas with capacity for 180 and 100 people.

There are a wide variety of events incorporating professional touring productions, comedy, music, amateur work and a very popular annual pantomime.


Hove, Old Market Theatre, Upper Market Street, Hove, East Sussex. BN3 1AS - Telephone: 01273 736222



Ifield Barn Theatre Ifield, West Sussex
The Ifield Barn Theatre Society is a performing arts organisation, dedicated to providing a high standard of plays and musicals to the community of Ifield and Crawley. In addition the society hosts the Green Room Club which provides a social side to its theatrical activities.
Margate Theatre Royal Margate
Theatre Royal Margate,
Addington Street,
Kent. CT9 1PW.

E-mail: admin @ theatreroyalmargate.co.uk

Box Office Phone number: 01227 787787 or 0845 130 1786
Admin: 01843 293397

The Theatre Royal Margate is a professional theatre that receives and produces 3 seasons of professional work each year, featuring drama, comedy, music, dance, exhibitions and talks.We also run an extensive Community, Outreach and Education programme. Our aim at all times is to act as a cultural resource for the people of Thanet, East Kent and beyond, providing work of the highest quality, working with established companies as well as supporting emerging artists.The building itself is the second oldest theatre in the country and it is our aim to make it as available as we can to the local community to serve as a cultural centre and forum.

Margate, Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, CT9 1HX - Telephone: 01843 296111

New Malden

Green Theatre Company New Malden, Surrey

Harlequin Redhill
Harlequin Theatre Warwick Quadrant,Redhill, SurreyRH1 1NN tel: 01737-765547
A visit to the Harlequin means you are in for a treat. We offer a great variety of quality entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
Whether you are visiting to see a show or a film, attend a conference, a party or to have a drink and bite to eat at our popular coffee shop, you can be assured of a friendly welcome from our helpful, courteous staff.

Orange Tree Richmond

Orange Tree Theatre

1 Clarence Street
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Box Office: 020 8940 3633

The Orange Tree Theatre opened on the 31 December 1971 in the upstairs room of the Orange Tree pub near to Richmond Station. It was part of the explosion of “alternative” theatre than blossomed in the late 60s and early 70s. It proved the right time and the right place, and having had to do the first lunchtime performance twice to accommodate the numbers who came, the theatre developed throughout the 70s, often relishing the queues on the stairs eager for seats in those days before any form of booking at all!The new Orange Tree Theatre, seating 172, London’s only full time professional theatre in the round, opened in February 1991, in what had been a school, just across the road from the pub. The first production was Arthur Murphy’s All in the Wrong.The Orange Tree is now one of the most highly respected off-West-End theatres in London and the wide range of theatre productions draws loyal audiences from Richmond, surrounding areas of London – and well beyond.

Richmond Theatre

      Richmond Theatre            The Green, Richmond Surrey TW9 1QJ  

Information Line:
020 8939 9277

Box Office:
0870 060 6651
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Richmond Theatre - The Great Success Story

Richmond Theatre is one of the most beautiful of all the Frank Matcham theatres. Built in 1899 as the Theatre Royal and Opera House and refurbished in 1991Operated and managed by The Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, renowned for its productions and highly successful management and ownership of theatre venues throughout the countryEstablished as one of the most successful theatres in the country presenting a wide range of quality drama, record breaking musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment each yearWelcomes a quarter of a million theatregoers to over 40 outstanding productions a year performing for about 49 weeks in each year Attracts up to 400 young people to education events, workshops and summer school activities each year

Offers tours of its historic building, the auditorium and stage area to the general public (and free of charge to Friends and Members)
Acts as a venue for local arts organisations and charities
Avenue Theatre Sittingbourne
Avenue Theatre,
Avenue of Remembrance,
Kent. ME10 4DN.
tel:01795 471140


The opening production at The Avenue Theatre was a huge milestone for Sittingbourne.Before becoming an exquisite 89-Seater theatre, The Avenue Theatre was formally the original Council Chambers for Swale Borough Council. The theatre was born out of a dream from local Dramatic Societies & Swale Borough Council, whom wanted the Old Council chambers in Avenue of Remembrance converted into community theatre & sort local dramatic societies to achieve the impossible.After many weekends & evenings of work, 99% by volunteers the Avenue Theatre (trading as Sidrama Ltd) was born. Sittingbourne's only self maintained 'voluntary run' fully functional theatre, offering the best in all round entertainment.We have now been established for over 15 years and are going from strength to strength.

Southwick   Wick Theatre Company Southwick, West Sussex  
Novello Theatre, Sunnuingdale

  Novello Theatre,
2 High Street West, Sunningdale , SL5 39NE - Telephone: 01753 783726
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Redroofs Associates acquired The Old Picture House at Sunninghill in 1987. While many theatres across the country were closing down, Redroofs was determined to fulfil its dream to build a resident theatre for children and in 1988, the theatre opened with a brand new musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.The Novello operates all year round except August. Based in Sunninghill High Street, we are one mile from Royal Ascot and less than 15 minutes from Windsor. Affordable ticket prices and a smile from our front of house staff, easy free parking and a choice of local restaurants and tea rooms complete the package for a great, and easy, family treat.
Tunbridge Wells

  Assembly Hall Theatre, Cresent Road, Tunbridgewells, TN1 2LU - Telephone: 01892 530613
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Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells, Kent


  Farrer Theatre, Eton College, Windsor, Berks, SL4 6DW - Telephone: 01753 671164

Theatre Royal Windsor

  Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PS - Telephone: 01753 853888
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This beautiful theatre nestles in the shadow of Windsor Castle and is the only unsubsidised producing theatre to operate all year round in Britain. Our repertoire is wide, ranging from the classics and traditional pantomime to first productions of new work some of which subsequently transfer to the West End. The Theatre Royal has gained a reputation for the quality of its productions and is currently one of Britain's leading theatres. Its success continues as it launches a variety of new schemes for both businesses and regular theatregoers

New Victoria Woking
 New Victoria Theatre, Peacocks Centre, Woking - Telephone: 01483 761144
The New Victoria Theatre established itself as one of the foremost theatres in the South East of England. First class drama has been presented by, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company; regular visitors also include Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre.
Worthing Theatres

  Connaught Theatre,
Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1LG - Telephone: 01903 235333
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Northbrook Theatre Worthing, West Sussex
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The Northbrook Theatre is situated on the West Durrington grounds of West Sussex's biggest Colleges of Further and Higher Education, Northbrook College, Sussex in the south coast town of Worthing. This is a fully professional receiving venue and offers three seasons of amazing live performance art.

  Ritz Theatre,
Union Place, Worthing, BN11 1LG - Telephone: 01903 206206
Ritz Theatre

Horla Theatre Company Surrey

Hiss and Boo Theatre Company West Sussex

Moving Word Theatre Sussex

Other Notable Theatres in Britain



  • Telford, Oakengates Theatre, Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP - Telephone: 01952 619020

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  • Warwick Arts Centre
    Warwick: Playbox Theatre
  • Watford Colosseum, High Street, Watford - Telephone: 01923 445000
  • Westcliff-on-Sea, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA - Telephone: 01702 342564
  •  Whitley Bay, The Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1LZ - Telephone: 0191 252 3505
  • Wickenby, Broadbent Theatre, Snarford Road, Wickenby, LN3 5AW - Telephone: 01673 885500
  • Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre, Litchfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE - Telephone: 01902 429212

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  • Yarmouth, Britannia Theatre, Britannia Pier, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EH - Telephone: 01493 842209
  • Yarmouth, St Georges Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG - Telephone: 01493 858387
  • Yarmouth, New Wellington Theatre, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JF - Telephone: 01493 842244
  • York, Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York - Telephone: 01935 671818
  • York, Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD - Telephone: 01935 623568

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Adelphi Theatre
The Strand

Tel: 0870 895 5598
The Adelphi Theatre stands on the site of the Sans Pareil theatre which opened in November 1806 before changing its name to Adelphi in 1819. By 1850 the building had fallen into disrepair and was demolished and replaced by a new theatre, the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, which opened in 1858. The name was changed to the Royal Adelphi in 1867.
After almost fifty years, the Adelphi was reconstructed to conform to changes in safety law and to accommodate increasing audience sizes. It reopened in September 1901 as The Century Theatre but reverted back to The Royal Adelphi Theatre after just 6 months.The building that stands today was designed by architect Ernest Schaufelberg and was realised during an almost complete rebuilding of the theatre. Opened in December 1930, the Art Deco building survived the threat of demolition in the 1960s and was refurbished and restored to its former glory in 1993.

Albery, WC2

Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych

Tel: 0870 400  0845
The Aldwych Theatre and the Waldorf Theatre, now known as The Strand Theatre, were built as a pair on either side of the Waldorf Hotel. Designed by W.G.R. Sprague, the theatre opened on December 23 1905 with a production of Blue Bell.
In 1960, after intense speculation, it was announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon was to base its London productions in the Aldwych Theatre for the next three years. In fact they stayed for over 20 years, finally moving to the Barbican in 1982.

Alemida Street
London, N1 1TA
Tel: +44 20 7359 4404
Founded in 1980, the Almeida Theatre in Islington is one of the newer theatres in London.The building originally opened in 1837 as the Islington Literary & Scientific Institution, housing a lecture theatre, library, museum, reading room and a laboratory. It closed in 1872, reopening as a music hall two years later and then as a Salvation Army citadel at the turn of the century. The theatre was conceived by Pierre Audi in 1978 when he acquired the derelict Salvation Army Hall. In 1990, Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent took over the artistic direction and the Almeida became a full-time theatre for the first time. The theatre is non-profit producing and is famous for staging its own productions of mainly high-brow plays. Its productions regularly play to packed houses and frequently transfer to the West End.

KAOS Theatre
3rd Floor
43 Chandos Place
tel:020 7379 6204

is an award winning internationally acclaimed ensemble of artists who combine a cappella singing, physical theatre, storytelling, text, recorded soundtracks and video. Through new writing, adaptations and classic texts KAOS create breath-taking, thought-provoking, moving and highly original theatre productions.
"Their physicality is dazzling, their music masterly, their emotional contact a mixture of intellect, rage and compassion." The Independent on Sunday

29 Shaftesbury Avenue London, W1V 7HD Tel: +44 20 7494 5070 Fax: +44 20 7494 5154
This majestic medium-sized theatre stands smack bang in the middle of London's West End. With a capacity of 775 in the auditorium, it offers a varied programme of performances and productions of all types. Recent plays staged here include Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels" and Neil Simon's "The Female Odd Couple". There is little specific wheelchair access to speak of at present, although the auditorium will accommodate two wheelchairs. Facilities for the hard of hearing and visually impaired are available - please check with the venue.

Apollo Victoria
17 Wilton Road
The Apollo Victoria Theatre was designed by Ernest Wamsley Lewis with William E Trent and opened in October 1930 as the New Victoria Cinema. This Art Deco building was carefully designed to create an overall streamlined effect with vertical banding originally holding neon lighting. Built on a rectangular site, it has two identical facades, one on Vauxhall Bridge Road and the other on Wilton Road. The cinema closed in 1975 and was converted to a theatre, reopening for live entertainment in 1981 under it's present name. The theatre underwent extensive refurbishment in 2002 when the original interior was restored to its former glory.

The Barbican, EC2
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS
Tel: +44 20 7638 8891
Until recently the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Barbican Theatre still puts on a quality blend of performances - usually starting at 7pm for evening shows and 2pm for matinees. The theatre seats an epic 1,144 people with space for eight wheelchairs. The Pit, a smaller theatre on the lower level, stages more experimental work, including plays by new writers. Part of the extensive multi-arts Barbican Centre.

Battersea Arts Centre,
Lavender Hill
London, SW11 5TN
Tel: +44 20 7223 2223
Fax: +44 20 7978 5207
The second largest arts centre in the country showcases most of the performing arts, from fringe to stand-up, celebrity-penned plays to opera - all on the cutting edge of their genre. From Germaine Greer's reworking of the classic sex romp Lysistrata to the experimental new works of British Festival of Visual Theatre, the 1,200 annual productions and events in the performance, exhibition and workshop spaces cover the spectrum of the arts.

The Bloomsbury, 15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH
Tel: +44 20 7388 8822
Fax: +44 20 7383 4080
Owned by University College London and, hence, popular with local students, this fringe theatre has an all-year-round programme of visiting theatre, dance, music concerts and opera. There are also occasional in-house productions and a three-month season of student productions. Small and intimate - it has a capacity of just 560 seating and an additional 35 standing - there is a real family atmosphere to the shows, and, if you're lucky enough to be sitting in the front row, you'll almost be able to smell the performers.

Box Clever Theatre Company
12.G.1 The Leathermarket
Weston Street
SE1 3ER Tel 020 7357 0550
Fax 020 7357 8188
touring to schools, colleges and theatres across the UK .  Our work is broad and contemporary, across many different disciplines including dance, film and music. Led by the writer-in-residence, Michael Wicherek, the company has a particular focus on new writing and creating pathways by which young people become active participants in theatre projects, both within and outside formal education. Box Clever is in a privileged position to excite young people about theatre and to actively involve them in issues that affect their lives and the world around them.

Brick Lane Music Hall,
134-146 Curtain Road
London, EC2A 3AR
Tel: +44 20 7739 9996
Fax: +44 20 7739 9998
Remaining true to its roots this Victorian music-hall retains a sense of nostalgia staging traditional, unpretentious plays, farces, old-school variety performers and, of course, pantos. An evening's entertainment starts with a hearty 3-course meal, served by candlelight in the theatre, before the night's show begins. It may not be fashionable but with classics such as the Barber of Seville, the legendary Danny La Rue, and plays with intriguing titles like The Pleasures of Fanny, it is certainly fun.

Bridewell Theatre,
Bride Lane
off Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ
Tel: +44 20 7936 3456
Fax: +44 20 7583 5289
This small theatre in the City specialises in musical theatre - from Chekhov and Shakespeare right through to works by up and coming writers. It also offers "Lunchbox Theatre" - a 60-minute performance for those who want more than a sandwich to snack on - and lunchtime workshops where you get to have a go yourself!

Broadway Theatre (Lewisham)
Catford Broadway
Catford SE6 4RU
tel:020 8690 0002

Welcome the Broadway Theatre. Originally opened in 1932 the venue is Grade 11 listed by English Heritage as a wonderful example of 1930's art deco architecture.
We have two great venues: the Main Theatre seating 800 and the Studio Theatre seating 100.

The Bush, W12
Shepherds Bush Green (at Goldhawk Road)
London, W12 8QD
Tel: +44 20 7610 4224
"The Bush has gradually lost its reputation as the most uncomfortable theatre in London. The padded steps have gone in favour of proper tiered seating for 105. However, the refurbishment didn't include the bar, so you still have to get your interval drinks in a roped-off section of O'Neills. Still small enough to be intimate, this fringe theatre favours talented new playwrights, making The Bush a magnet for edgy, urban and gritty productions. The result? A younger audience and risky performances, so be sure to check out what you'll be watching if you're easily offended.

Cambridge Theatre
Earlham Street
The Cambridge Theatre was built for Bertie Meyer and opened on September 4, 1930. It is a member of the Society of London Theatre.a modern theatre facing seven dials, built using concrete and steel and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design. the etheatre was refurbsihed in 1950 - the original gold and silver decor was painted over win red and candelabras and chandeliers were added. In 1987 the theatre was once again refurbsihed and miuch of the original was restored.

Camden People's Theatre (CPT),
58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY tel:08700 600 100
Welcome to Camden People’s Theatre. Located in central London, just minutes from the West End, the venue provides a unique space for the production and presentation of innovative contemporary theatre and live art by both emerging and established artists. CPT encourages the development of exciting, challenging arts and entertainment experiences created by a diverse range of artists that reflects the rich multi-cultural character of London. Facilities include a studio theatre ideally suited to work on the small-scale, a gallery space in the foyer and inexpensive rehearsal rooms.
Cheek by Jowl
The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
0)20 7382 7281
Cheek by Jowl was formed in 1981 by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.
The company has performed in 301 cities in over 40 countries, spanning six continents and has received numerous international awards.

Chelsea Theatre,
World's End Place, King's Road London, SW10 0DR
tel:020 7352 1967

The Chelsea Theatre offers its audiences exciting theatre in friendly and comfortable surroundings. We also play host to a complementary programme of workshop activities. Since our recent major refurbishment, we now rank as one of London’s major small theatres. Going to see theatre is nowhere more enjoyable – or affordable – than here right on the historic Kings Road. 10 seat auditorium  fully licensed bar, open for theatre performances  enhanced disabled access various studio spaces We are dedicated to fostering new voices, with specific attention to Live Art and with a strong community arm. With loyal audiences, both local and London-wide, the Chelsea Theatre aims to stage thought-provoking productions for many seasons to come.

Chicken Shed Theatre
Chase Side
N14 4PE
Tel: 020 8351 6161

We are a theatre company. We make theatre.  Extraordinary, pioneering,  challenging, dynamic, moving, groundbreaking, genuinely inclusive, beautiful theatre.

Chickenshed is a theatre company. We work using an inclusive creative process which means everyone is welcome, and everyone is valued. Not many places are for everyone and anyone - so a lot of people who find themselves unwelcome elsewhere in the world, come to us. Chickenshed runs Children's and Youth Theatre workshops for 600 people, education courses for over 100 students, community outreach projects and a network of satellite 'Sheds' across the country (and one in Russia) so even more can benefit. Every extraordinary piece of theatre created at Chickenshed shouts out the same thing: anyone can thrive in an environment where everyone in welcome.

Clod Ensemble
Unit 1-2, Crown Works, Temple St. London, E2 6QQ tel: 020 7749 0555 

The Clod Ensemble was created in 1995 by Suzy Willson and Paul Clark in order to produce high quality theatre combining music and drama. We aim to make theatre which is enriched by live music and in turn take chamber music to a wider audience by placing it in a theatrical context. The Clod Ensemble was created in 1995 by Suzy Willson and Paul Clark in order to produce high quality theatre combining music and drama. We aim to make theatre which is enriched by live music and in turn take chamber music to a wider audience by placing it in a theatrical context.'The Clod epitomise all that is best in devised and visual theatre - pure inspiration shot through with sheer imagination and verve...' What's On

Cochrane Theatre
Southampton Row
London, WC1B 4AP
Tel: +44 20 7242 7040
In 1992, the Talawa Theatre Company, in partnership with the London Institute, opened the refurbished Cochrane Theatre as a venue for its own works - and thus, the first Black theatre in London was created. The theatre is small, but the atmosphere is so electric it often feels twice the size of its 314 seats. It hosts a variety of music, dance, plays, poetry and cabaret events,

The Coliseum
8 St Martin's Lane

Originally opened as a variety house in December 1904, the Coliseum is London's largest theatre and was designed by famed theatre architect Frank Matcham for Sir Oswald Stoll. Boasting the first revolving stage in Great Britain, the theatre was also the first in Europe to provide lifts to the upper parts of the building. In 1931, as a result of the decline in popularity of vaudeville, the Coliseum turned to musical comedy and enjoyed much distinction for the the next 30 years until this form of entertainment also lost favour with the patrons. After a brief and unsuccessful period as a cinema during the early 1960s, it reopened as a theatre in 1968 and in 1974 became the home of the English National Opera who bought the freehold in 1992. In 2004, work was completed on a total restoration of the theatre and today the ENO continues to produce and stage old and new operas in English.

Colour House Theatre
The Colour House is situated right in the centre of Merton Abbey Mills, a small Craft Market, which is on the A24 (Merantun Way)
020 8542 5511
The Colour House Theatre is situated at the picturesque setting of Merton Abbey Mills, a riverside oasis in South Wimbledon, and is run by Wheelhouse Productions Ltd. Opening in 1995 with it's first show "Goodnight Gilda", the Colour House has seen more than 80,000 through it's doors. It is home to the Critically acclaimed Colour House Children's Theatre which has produced over 50 musical shows for children which run every weekend throughout the year.  The Colour House is available for hire for Meetings, Private Parties, Events, Exhibitions, Workshops
and Shows.

14 Anglers Lane
London NW5 3DG
Tel + 44 (0) 20 7485 7700

Complicite is more than a theatre company: it is a state of mind. When each collaborative adventure into the unknown starts off, anything is possible. The result is an astonishingly broad and continually evolving spectrum of work.  Roger Graef

Comedy Theatre,
6 Panton Street
off Leicester Square London, SW1Y 4DN Tel: +44 20 7369 1731
This Victorian theatre, originally called the Royal Comedy Theatre, was designed by Thomas Verity and built in just six months. It opened in October 1881 and by 1884 it had been renamed the Comedy Theatre.

The range of work at the Comedy Theatre has been far reaching, from musical comedies to revival and experimental theatre and includes hugely successful shows. The theatre is also notable for staging a number of Harold Pinter's plays.

Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly Circus
London, W1V 9LB
Tel: +44 20 7413 1437

In 1870 caterers Spiers and Pond acquired the White Bear Inn site and adjoining properties between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly Circus. Thomas Verity was commissioned to design a new development consisting of a large restaurant, dining rooms, ballroom and galleried concert hall.However, after building work commenced it was decided to alter the proposed concert hall to a theatre which opened in March 1874. The theatre boasts an almost perfectly preserved Victorian auditorium with a majority of the venue underground. The theatre closed for major refurbishment from 1989 until it reopened in October 1992 and was most notably home to productions of the Reduced Shakespeare Company from 1996 to 2005.

Dominion Theatre
Tottenham Court Road
London, W1 OAG
Tel: +44 870 607 7400
The Dominion is a major West End house, although it's situated just outside Soho and theatreland on the chaotic corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. It has a huge seating capacity with over 2,000 seats in the stalls, and around another 2,000 in the circle and boxes. There are licensed bars on each level of the theatre

Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham Street
Covent Garden
London, WC2H 9LX
Tel: +44 20 7369 1732
The Donmar Warehouse is definitely not your run-of-the-mill West End theatre, and it's all the better for it. It is a small and intimate venue - with stalls and circle comprising just 251 seats - but consistently puts on quality performances of remarkable variety, ranging from star-studded plays like the much-hyped The Blue Room starring Nicole Kidman, to new plays by up-and-coming playwrights. Make sure you check regularly to keep up-to-date with some of the most interesting theatre in London.

Drury Lane Theatre Royal
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5JF
Tel: +44 20 7494 5000
The Drury Lane Theatre Royal is famous for its long running musicals, including My Fair Lady and the now departed Miss Saigon. It's the world's largest working theatre and the auditorium seats 2,300 people, and has been in use since 1663. Tours of the theatre are available every day - costumed guides take you through its history and the people associated with it - the latter include playwright Richard Sheridan, actress (and mistress) Nell Gywnne, and the clown Grimaldi.

Duchess Theatre
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5LA
Tel: +44 20 7494 5075
All performances at the Duchess Theatre are purely theatrical, so you won't be able to catch any musicals here. Joe Penhalls Blue/Orange - an analysis of medical ethics and racism in a psychiatric ward, as explored through the eyes of a young patient - is currently showing, and it looks like it could be here to stay for a while yet. The fairly modern building only seats 490 people, so early booking is advisable.

Duke of Yorks, WC2
St. Martin's Lane
London, WC2H 4BG
Tel: +44 20 7369 1791
This late-19th century theatre stages many Royal Court productions, along with the delightful Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. Like the New Ambassadors Theatre, the Duke of York's is a favourite with the arts theatre crowd, who have to battle tourists and casual theatregoers for tickets. The relatively small (649 seats) auditorium can be rented for buffets, press receptions and private parties, and bar and catering services are also available. With an air cooling system and disabled access, there are also facilities for the hard of hearing.

Etcetera Theatre
The Oxford Arms Pub
265 Camden High Street
London, NW1 7BU
Tel: +44 20 7482 4857
This teensy weensy pub theatre is popular with the Camden crowd out for an impromptu evening of theatre and friends of the productions' cast and crew. The range of plays is really quite vast; expect both seasoned players and amateurs gracing the miniscule stage. Crispin Bonham Carter directed the American play Four Dogs and a Bone here, and a fringe theatrical troupe recently staged an intriguing series of seven short plays - a random trio of which was staged each evening. The location of this theatre means that you can start your evening off here before going on to rowdier things.

Fortune Theatre, WC2
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH
Tel: +44 20 7836 2238
This old theatre, built in the mid-1920s, has been showing the The Woman in Black for the past 13 years and seems to be destined to show here forever. The show is a chilling thriller, and it makes a good change from the musicals that you'll find in surrounding theatres.

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 Garrick (The)
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
Tel: +44 20 7494 5085
Despite being in Charing Cross and very close to Trafalgar square, The Garrick Theatre is a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of central London. The plays shown here tend to err towards the satirical and they're best described as comedy with an edge - a mix that's popular with tourists and theatregoers alike, although the current run of political satire Feel Good may benefit from some insight into the current British political climate.

The theatre itself holds just short of 700 people and has some disabled facilities, but they do require that disabled guests call in advance to ensure their needs are met.

Gate Theatre
11 Pembridge Road
above Prince Albert Pub, Notting Hill
London, W11 3HQ
Tel: +44 20 7229 0706
There is no place like the Gate Theatre for international drama. It specialises in works written by non-British authors written in their native languages or English. Don't worry about the language barriers - the performances are highly visual and musical so the plays' beauty and message are often clearly communicated.

The Gate operates on a seasonal basis and there are usually three or four seasons a year. One annual event is the East goes West season, which features Eastern European plays. The theatre's directors scour the region's countries for theatrical potential and benevolently raise funds to bring the troupes over to this small venue.

The Globe, SE1
21 New Globe Walk
London, SE1 9DT
Tel: +44 20 7902 1400
Fax: +44 20 7902 1401
Visit the glorious reconstruction of Shakespeare's original playhouse, built alongside the very foundations some four centuries later. This version of the Bards venue also boasts the first thatched roof in London since the Great Fire. The partially open-air theatre provides a standing area and some seating, although it proves hard and uncomfortable, but cushions can be hired. Royal Shakespeare Company actors put on the finest performances in this fabulous theatre. Come and soak up the atmosphere even if you are unfamiliar with the Bard's work. The Globe is also home to an exhibition on Elizabethan theatre and theres the opportunity to take a guided tour of the landmark and try out that stage for yourself.

Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8AR
Tel: +44 20 7494 5065
The Gielgud Theatre, named after the late, great actor/director Sir John Gielgud, has been described as one London's most beautiful playhouses. Built in the early 1900s, it is an architectural gem to be proud of. With a seating capacity of 889, the theatre also provides wheelchair access with two seats reserved in the auditorium.

The majority of billings here are drama based, but a few comedies and even musicals feature in between.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Silk Street
Barbican Centre
London, EC2Y 8DT
Tel: +44 20 7628 7167
Fax: +44 20 7256 9438
One of the country's leading music and drama conservatories, the Guildhall school offers undergraduate and postgraduate music programs, three-year acting degrees, stage management and technical theatre programs as well as junior courses for young people. Actor Joseph Fiennes is an alumnus. Call for an application form.

Free music performances take place at the school at the Barbican, both at lunchtimes and in the evenings.

The Hackney Empire, 
291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ. tel:
020 8985 2424
Providing top popular entertainment reflecting the cultural diversity of London and the world beyond, everything from stand up, Jamaican farce, Turkish Theatre to Opera, pantomime and comedy drama. Find out everything you need to know about what's on, bookings and more.

Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU  tel: 020 7722 9301
For over forty-three years Hampstead Theatre has enjoyed theatrical success. The theatre identifies and produces important new writers. They challenge established writers and seek out the best international work to bring to London. Their plays are sometimes provocative, always intelligent, often full of laughter.

Haymarket Theatre Royal
London, SW1Y 4HT
Tel: +44 20 7930 8800
The Haymarket Theatre Royal is a relatively large theatre seating over 900 people. The plays here are big and attract tourists, but their popularity does nothing to undermine the quality of the work and actors - many of which are household names. Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason and Helen Mirren have all starred here, and Dame Judi Dench is set to be the next esteemed actress to add her name to the bill.

Heart'n Soul Music Theatre
The Deptford Albany
Douglas Way
London SE8 4AG
tel: 020 8694 1632

Heart 'n Soul is a dynamic arts organisation offering creative opportunities to people with learning disabilities. The organisation has an original and innovative way of working, using contemporary music, theatre and club culture. All performers, DJs, tutors and technical crew with learning disabilities create their own shows, run their own clubs and co-lead their own workshops.

Her Majesty's Theatre
London, SW1Y4QL
Tel: +44 20 7494 5400
Designed at the turn of the 20th century, Her Majesty's stately and imposing stone shell has been home to the eternally popular musical "The Phantom of the Opera" since October 1986. Romantically lavish, this is undoubtedly Andrew Lloyd Webber's finest score.

The sizeable theatre seats 1,216 people and has wheelchair access as well as infra-red or loop sound amplification for the hard of hearing. It also provides good food and drinks facilities, as you'd expect from the tourist magnet it has become.

London Apollo
Queen Caroline Street
London, W6
Tel: +44 870 606 3400
This Hammersmith venue is a large theatre with space for a total of 3,719 people - 3,417 seated and 302 standing - with four seats reserved in the rear stalls for two wheelchairs and two assistants.

Well-known for hosting pop concerts and gigs, performances range from musicals to one-man comedy shows, which change frequently despite the lavishness of the productions.

London Bubble Theatre Company
5 Elephant Lane
London, SE16 4JD
Tel: +44 20 7237 4434
Fax: +44 20 7231 2366
he London Bubble is a cabaret style theatre held in a large tent with 240 seats that come as specially designed chair and table units. The company's productions are aimed at those who don't usually go to the theatre, and the eclectic performances and cheap tickets certainly do the job. The theatre also runs several drama groups, and can provide assistance if you would like to produce your own play - call for details. The Bubble Company stage a series of unique plays during the summer months that encourage audience participation.

London Palladium
Argyll Street
off Oxford Street
London, W1A 3AB
Tel: +44 20 7494 5020
Fax: +44 20 7734 9380
The glorious and resplendent bright white faade of the London Palladium dominates the cobbled stones of the now commercial Argyll Street, close to the mock-Tudor front of the Liberty store at the end. Catering for all types of theatre fans, the Palladium bills a huge and varied selection of viewing entertainment, ranging from musicals and pantomimes to plays and Sunday concerts as well as conferences and receptions... not forgetting the infamous variety performances under the family entertainment umbrella of ""Saturday night at the London Palladium"". This capacious theatre seats 2,286 people,

Lyceum (The)
Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7DA
Tel: +44 870 606 3441
The Lyceum Theatre was built in the 1700's, so it's a golden oldie in terms of London theatres. The theatre holds just over 2000 people, and will be showing the theatrical version of The Lion King for at least the next two years. Tickets cost GBP 15-40, but it's very difficult to advance book any tickets for the next few months. Each day at noon a handful of tickets are released at the box office for that day's performance. To get hold of these, you have to go to the theatre in person, and there's a maximum of two tickets per person."

The Lyric, W6
King Street
London, W6 0QL
Tel: +44 20 7741 2311
Fax: +44 20 8741 7694
The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith is a producing and receiving house that puts on limited runs of new plays and classics as well as international and experimental work. Opened in 1895, it has survived, despite being threatened with closure in the 60s and 90s, to become a successful venue for concerts and plays alike. Performances range from drama and comedy to physical theatre, opera, children's and drama school productions.

The cosy little venue seats 550 people, and a studio, also based in the theatre, holds only 110. The studio puts on productions by visiting small-scale companies, new plays, classic revivals and international plays

Lyric Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 7HD
Tel: +44 20 7494 5045
The Lyric Theatre is the oldest on Shaftesbury Avenue. It opened in 1888 with a comic opera and now caters for all tastes with a range of shows from plays and musicals to revues.

Despite the diversity of shows and prime West End location, this medium-sized theatre seats only 932 people (a relatively small-scale player for the West End) and has a wonderfully warm atmosphere.

Man on the Moon
392 King's Road
London, SW3 5UZ
Tel: +44 20 7351 2876
Fax: +44 20 7351 1873
At first glance, the Man on the Moon looks like a rather bland pub with not too much going for it except for a very friendly atmosphere. Look closer though, and you'll discover that the upstairs of the building is home to a 20 year old theatre with one of the most eclectic programmes you'll ever see. From Twelfth Night to comedies involving budgerigars, the ever-changing listings attract a different group of Time-Out readers every week. Performances take place twice every evening on Tuesdays to Sundays, and occasionally you can catch a Monday night comedy show - although age restrictions can apply to some shows.

The National Theatre, SE1 (Olivier, Lyttelton & Cottesloe)
South Bank
London, SE1 9PX
Tel: +44 20 7452 3000
The National Theatre Olivier is the largest of the three theatres in the Royal National Theatre, based at the South Bank centre - a cultural centre showcasing the best in music, theatre, film and art. The theatre holds around 1,150 people, depending on the production, and was named after actor Laurence Olivier. The National Theatre Lyttelton is part of the Royal National Theatre based in the South Bank centre, a cultural centre showcasing the best in theatre, music, film and art. The building holds approximately 900 seats, depending on the size of the production and also has seats reserved for wheelchairs.
The Lyttelton puts on a range of productions, with the emphasis on quality works so it's a good place to visit if you want to see something a little different to the West End musical hits.The Cottesloe holds around 300 people, but capacity can vary depending on the production. The seats in the Cottesloe are portable, so seating arrangements will always be specially designed for a specific production, but this does sacrifice some comfort.

New Ambassadors
West Street
Off Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 9ND
Tel: +44 20 7369 1791
Home to new, experimental and arty writing, this small, modern venue attracts an arty crowd of keen theatregoers rather than tourists looking to take in a West End show. Recent plays have included Mark Ravenhill's "Some Explicit Polaroids", Wallace Shawn's "Our Last Night" and Eve Ensler's notorious "The Vagina Monologues".

New London Theatre
166 Drury Lane

As it's name suggests, the New London Theatre theatre is the West End's newest theatre although there has been a tavern or a place of entertainment on the site since Elizabethan times. The Winter Garden Theatre, the last theatre on the site, was sold to a property development company by the Rank Organisation in 1959 and was demolished in 1965. The New London Theatre was designed and built between 1971-1972 by Paul Tvrtkovic, Sean Kenny and Michael Percival and opened in 1973. From 1977 to 1980 it was used as a television studio before reverting back to theatre use. Between May 1981 and May 2002, the theatre was home to Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats", the longest playing musical in British history.

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Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin's Lane

Originally known as the New Theatre, the Noël Coward Theatre was built by Sir Charles and Mary Wyndham and opened on 12 March 1903. Like The Wyndham's Theatre, The New Theatre was designed by W G R Sprague with seating on four levels. In 1973 the New Theatre was renamed the Albery in tribute to the late Sir Bronson Albery who had presided over its fortunes for many years and whose bust can be seen in the theatre's foyer. The theatre was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in 2006

Novello Theatre
Designed by W.G.R. Sprague and originally known as the Waldorf Theatre, the Novello Theatre opened in 1905 and was built to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych theatre. The theatre has an attractive classic facade made of Portland stone, leading to a Louis XIV style interior, richly decorated with marble and gilt. Cream and rose were the predominant colours with fleur de péche marble pilasters in the dress and upper circles. It was the last three-tier theatre to be built in London and the second to be constructed without a raked stage. The theatre was renamed the Strand Theatre in 1909 but the name was changed again to the Whitney Theatre in 1911 and reverted back to the Strand in 1913. The name endured until 2005 when the current owner, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited, completed a £4.5 million refurbishment programme to restore the theatre to its former glory. The theatre became known as the Novello Theatre after the well-known actor and composer Ivor Novello who lived in a flat above the theatre for 38 years from 1913 to 1951.

Old Red Lion
 418 St John Street
London, EC1
Tel: +44 20 7837 7816
Built in 1415, The Old Red Lion is one of London's oldest and most historic taverns. Originally surrounded by fields, it was under the shade of the Lion's trees that Thomas Pain penned The Rights of Man, a radical attack on established establish religion. The theatre at the Old Red Lion was conceived and created in 1979 and quickly established a reputation as a pioneer of new talent. Today the theatre remains true to its roots, staging art-house and fringe productions.

The Old Vic
Waterloo Road
London, SE1 8NB
Tel: +44 20 7369 1722
The Old Vic in London (not to be confused with the Bristol Old Vic theatre/drama school) is a medium-sized theatre which holds 1,067 people and offers four bars. True to its name, the Old Vic was built nearly 200 years ago and was designed by Rudolph Cabanel. The theatre has a resident theatre company that puts on a range of productions in addition to the main West-End productions staged here, although shows tend to be put on quite sporadically - sometimes nothing is showing at all.

Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8AY
Tel: +44 20 7434 0909
The majestically imposing Palace Theatre curves its redbrick façade around the constant commotion of Cambridge Circus. Constructed as an opera house in 1891, it has impressively been showed one of London's most famous and successful musicals, "Les Misérables" a production based on the novel by Victor Hugo, for the past 16 years. The theatre itself holds around 1,400 people, and the house is always filled to capacity with hordes of enthusiastic visitors and repeat audience members.

Phoenix Theatre,
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JP
Tel: +44 20 7369 1733
The Pheonix Theatre has been showing Blood Brothers for the last nine years, and isn't planning on changing that anytime soon. The theatre was originally opened in 1934 for Noel Coward's play Private Lives, and can hold 1,000 people.

Piccadilly Theatre
Denman Street
behind Glasshouse Street
London, W1V 8DY
Tel: +44 20 7369 1734
The Piccadilly theatre is a good old-fashioned venue, with velvet seats and curtains and a two-tiered layout. There is wheelchair access with lifts going to each floor and there is a seat reserved in the circle. The theatre can hold up to 1,400 people, and there are two bars - one in the stalls and one in the circle. The performances here are usually theatrical, but every now and then there are small-scale concerts.

Players Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
The Strand
London, WC2N 6NG
Tel: +44 20 7839 1134 (box office)
Fax: +44 20 7839 8067
The Players Theatre is the world's only theatre specialising in Victorian Music Hall entertainment and it promises to transport you back in time. Shows are changed every two weeks and there are also several pantomimes every year. Attending a show here is a novel experience, with the mixture of sarcastic Victorian humour and traditional music making for a memorable evening.

Playhouse Theatre, WC2

Pleasance Theatre,
Carpenter's Yard
North Road
N7 9EF
The Pleasance Theatre is an independent theatre in Islington.
Located in a cobbled courtyard, the building was a former timber store for the London Omnibus Company and, more recently, home for the internationally renowned Circus Space school.This intimate 54-seater venue showcases the cream of the crop from this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, brand-new plays, cutting-edge comedy and cabaret.

The Polka Children's Theatre, SW19

238-246 King Street
London, W6 ORF
Tel: +44 20 8748 1203
Fax: +44 20 8746 3798
Welcome to the Polish Community Centre, which houses a book shop, theatre, cafe, restaurant, library, and art gallery. The centre serves the Polish community, and also promotes access to Polish culture - the theatre showcases both in-house productions and some straight from Poland. Polish lessons are also available.

Prince Edward Theatre
Old Compton Street
London, W1V 6HS
Tel: +44 20 7447 5400
The Prince Edward Theatre was refurbished in 1978 for the grand opening of ""Evita"" in London. Since then, the theatre has continued in the tradition of showing crowd-pleasing musicals. Every now and then a different genre of performance may make the stage, but this is merely the exception that proves the rule.

Prince of Wales Theatre
Coventry Street
London, W1V 8AS
Tel: +44 20 7839 5972
First opened as the Price's in 1884, the theatre was renamed the Prince of Wales in 1886, before the new theatre designed by Robert Crome came into play in 1937. Nowadays, the Prince of Wales Theatre puts on a variety of plays and musicals geared towards tourists and the general musical-loving public, including shows like the now-departed ""West Side Story"" and ""Fosse"". The theatre seats a maximum of 1,133 people, depending on the size of the production and its popularity.

Puppet Theatre Barge
Blomfield Road
Little Venice
London, W9 2PF
Tel: +44 20 7249 6876
Fax: +44 20 7683 0741
Little kids will adore this floating theatre, which shows puppet productions on a barge on the Thames (hence the name). The Barge company have been putting on productions for 20 years, and the 50-seat theatre showcases marionette delights such as animated Aesops Fables.

>From November to June, the barge is moored at Little Venice, but from June to September it moves down the Thames to Kingston and Richmond. Call for details of show times and places.

Queen's Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8BA
Tel: +44 20 7494 5041
"Based in the heart of London's West End, this slightly unkempt theatre shows an eclectic range of productions, from drama and comedy to musicals and experimental theatre. Cabaret, bio-sketches, Thtre de Complicit's physical theatre and even Gilbert and Sullivan have graced the stage. Its rough-around-the-edges appeal provides a charming change of pace from the other glossy tourist magnets in the area. The theatre holds a maximum of 1,000 people, including seating and access for wheelchairs. There are also facilities for the hard of hearing, and the theatre benefits from an air-cooling system. Well situated and always well attended, this venue promises a great night out.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Inner Circle
(off Chester Road)
London, NW1
Tel: +44 20 7486 2431
Fax: +44 20 7935 1713
There is no better place to enjoy a dose of culture on a warm summer's evening than in the Open Air Theatre's large amphitheatre amidst the greenery of Regent's Park. Every summer, two Shakespeare productions and one non-Shakespearean production are staged by competent and spirited casts. Kate O'Mara, Felicity Kendal and Jeremy Irons have performed here, so you could catch the next big star in action. The shows run from June until early September with both matinee and evening performances.

Royal Court Theatre, SW1
 Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS
Tel: +44 20 7565 5000
The Royal Court Theatre, the famous home of new writing which reopened at the beginning of 2000, is a small venue that seats only 395 people. Dedicated to producing work by up and coming playwrights, the variety of shows is limited to short runs of new plays with occasional classics and revivals. The Jerwood Theatre upstairs is a small space staging provocative plays.

Royal Opera House,
51 Floral Street
Covent Garden

Sadler's Wells,
Rosebery Avenue

Savoy Theatre
London, WC2R 0ET
Tel: +44 20 7836 8888
Fax: +44 20 7379 7322
This suitably British theatre is situated within the Savoy Hotel. It was originally built to be the home of Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy Operas, and was restored to its original art deco form in 1993 after the auditorium and roof were destroyed by fire. The theatre usually shows plays of the British persuasion (e.g. Noel Coward's Hay Fever and a musical version of Hardy's Tess of the D'Ubervilles) but at Christmas it often hosts a variety of children's shows. The auditorium holds just over 1,100 people

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP
Tel: +44 20 7379 5399
Originally called the New Princes Theatre, the Shaftesbury Theatre was designed by architect Bertie Crewe and opened in December 1911, the last new theatre to be build on Shaftesbury Avenue. It became known as the Princes Theatre in 1914.The theatre was sold to EMI in 1962 and was refurbished and reopened in 1963 as the Shaftesbury Theatre.Part of the auditorium ceiling fell in on 20 July 1973, closing the production of the musical Hair. The theatre was then threatened with redevelopment, but a campaign by Equity succeded in having the theatre placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The theatre reopened with "West Side Story" a year later.

South Bank Centre
South Bank
(near Waterloo Station)
London, SE1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7452 3400
The South Bank Centre was created in the 1960's, after the Festival of Britain of 1951 had inspired renewed interest in the arts in the United Kingdom. Hence, although it is one of the top cultural venues in the city, it typifies 60's architecture and is, therefore, not pretty.The South Bank Centre is made up of the Royal National Theatre (comprising the Olivier, Lyttelton and Cottesloe theatres), and the National Film Theatre which shows the cream of international art-house films. The South Bank district is home to many other galleries and attractions, such as Vinopolis.

St Martin's Theatre, WC2
West Street
London, WC2H 8DP
Tel: +44 87 0162 8787

St Martin's Theatre first opened in 1916 but it has been showing the world's longest running play, Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap", since it transferred here in 1974, and shall probably be showing it for all eternity... You can only conclude that a play that can continue to enrapture and enthral audiences for some 50 years, and still keep its secret, must be worth seeing. And fortunately, you should be able to turn up and buy tickets on most days except Saturdays.

Soho Theatre, W1
 21 Dean Street
London, W1V 6NE
Tel: +44 20 7287 5060
Fax: +44 20 7287 5061
Right in the heart of Soho is this independent, purpose-built theatre and writers' centre, where you can experience the best of new, young writing. The Soho Theatre Company, resident at the Cockpit Theatre until 1995, spent three years transforming this former synagogue into the model of modernity 200-seat theatre/centre/restaurant it is today. One of the more popular events is the "Four Plays: Four Weeks" season of new writing, whereby each play is rehearsed for one week before being performed for one week. The theatre also presents a magical annual showcase of plays by 11 year olds from Westminster schools, and a run of late night comedy throughout the summer.

Strand Theatre
London, WC2B 5LD
Tel: +44 20 7836 4144
The Strand Theatre is another tourist biggie, seating 1,051 people with one seat reserved for wheelchair users in the dress circle. There are no dining facilities but there are licensed bars on each level of the theatre.

Tricycle Theatre, NW6
269 Kilburn High Road
London, NW6 7JR
Tel: +44 20 7328 1900
In the heart of bedsit land is this arty cinema/theatre, resembling a community centre from the outside and a trendy hang out on the inside (it's built around a pub). The theatre is still quite bohemian looking, but the eclectic assortment of plays always entertains. The programme changes every couple of weeks

Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Tel: +44 87 0890 0511
The nostalgically named Vaudeville Theatre was last redesigned in 1926, and has retained an early 20th century feel. The theatre holds around 690 people, and its relatively small size makes it perfect for West End transfers. It tends to show smart and funny plays which tested the waters in smaller West End venues before coming here, recent examples being productions such as East and Perfect Days. It was also at the Vaudeville that Macauley Culkin made his stage debut in Madame Melville.

Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Street
London, SW1E 5EA
Tel: +44 20 7834 1317
This 1,500 seater theatre has been on the current site since 1832 and has been showing an array of performances since then. The theatre mainly puts on musicals, which are hit-or-miss successes, two examples of the latter being Fame and Les Miserables.

Whitehall Theatre, SW1
off Trafalgar Square
London, SW1 2DY
Tel: +44 20 7369 1735
Originally known for its post war farces, the theatre was accordingly called 'The Whitehall Farces'. Since then the theatre has put on a variety of performances that range from plays to musicals, but today remains committed to intelligent drama and intelligent musicals.

The theatre seats 648 people

Wyndhams Theatre
Charing Cross Road

Wyndhams Theatre is a Victorian theatre on Charing Cross Road designed by W G R Sprague for Charles Wyndham. It opened on 16 November 1899.
The theatre boasts a fine Louis XVI interior and an ornate ceiling painting in the auditorium which was restored in the late 1970's. Madonna made her much publicised West End stage debut here in Up For Grabs in 2002.

Young Vic Theatre Company
66 The Cut
London, SE1 8EZ
Tel: +44 20 7922 8400
Founded in 1970 by Frank Dunlop & Sir Laurence Olivier as a theatre where a younger generation of theatre artists could stage productions of classic plays. Tickets were sold at a lower price than other London theatres and seating was unreserved to make productions more accessible. These are principles maintained at the Young Vic since it became independent of Olivier's Royal National Theatre in 1974.

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The Plays of William Shakespeare
Any round-up of theatre websites just wouldn't be complete without at least one mention of Shakespeare. This site is the work of the Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) and they've taken Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and put them on the Internet in electronic format. This makes it carry out normally laborious tasks such as searching for all mentions of say witches in the plays or all the appearances of a specific character. The site also includes a glossary to the sometimes tricky Shakespearian language. The ELF has also digitised lots of works of literature including stuff from Chaucer, Dante and Jane Austen.
Bristol Old Vic
Information from the acclaimed theatre company based at the Theatre Royal, Briustol. Britain's oldest working theatre. ( Opened 1776)
Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court has always been known for its gritty and innovative choice of plays and the design of this site reflects the theatre's cutting edge appeal. The theatre is in the process of setting up an online archive of all the productions staged at the theatre from 1956 onwards - currently the archive only goes back to the 1997 season. An online booking service is also waiting in the wings. Embryonic playwrights should visit the Young Writer's section of the site which explains all about the theatre's Young Writers programme.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Superb official guide to Britain's ' Theatre for the Nation". There's a complete guide to the RSC's performances at Stratford-upon-Avon, in London and around the UK, with details of every production, plus photos and booking details.
Hackney Empire
This lovely old Victorian Theatre is in a constant state of financial trauma - funds need to be raised to keep the theatre going. Find out how you can help by visiting the Friends of the Hackney Empire section of the site. Old music hall style posters are used to navigate your way around the pages and the history of the theatre section makes fascinating reading. The list of music hall stars that have appeared there is staggering (Charlie Chaplin, Lily Langtree and Marie Lloyd have all taken the Hackney stage). Of course you can also find out about the shows currently playing, although you can't book tickets direct from the site as yet.
UK Theatre Web
Visiting UK Theatre Web is like scrabbling behind the scenery of a play: it's messy and chaotic, but you do get to see how productions are born. Despite the amateurish look, the site provides those who devote their lives to the stage with everything they need to succeed. The scope is seriously impressive: training opportunities and amateur dramatic societies are listed for those tentatively treading the boards; there are databases indexing current productions and organisation dealing with technical and professional matters; and the links cover everything from juggling vacancies to showbiz gossip.
What's On Stage
If you fancy a bit of culture then this superb site should be your first port of call. Covering theatres all over the UK, it offers an unrivalled guide to what's currently showing at each of them.
You can search up to six months in advance and also read news, reviews and previews to help you decide what to see. Having done so, you can book your ticket online and even decide where you want to sit thanks to the seating plans of major theatres.
The Stage
The Stage is the bible of the theatrical industry and this site is an excellent adjunct to the paper version of the newspaper. The section on the history of newspaper is well worth reading - the paper has been going since 1880. Anybody looking for a job both in acting and in backstage roles would do well to scan through the online jobs area. There are also some excellent How To guides covering topics such as how to write for TV and how to produce a musical. The site is updated daily with the latest theatrical news and listings of the UK's theatre, fringe and club venues.
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London Theatre Guide
The design of this site, which lists all the major London theatres and shows, can best be described as basic, however it is fast. If you're visiting the capital and fancy a night out this is one of the most comprehensive sources of theatre information. You can search through the West End shows by genre, by a specific theatre or you can even track down a certain director or author. As well as the excellent listings services you'll also find the latest theatrical news, reviews of the current big shows, handy seating plans for the major theatres and the option to buy tickets direct from the site.
Theatre Direct International
As well as focussing on London's theatre scene this site also lets you know what's happening on Broadway. If you're off to New York and you fancy catching a play while you're there then you can book direct from this site and you can even make pre-theatre reservations at some of New York's most popular restaurants. The site also boasts detailed maps of London and New York's theatre district.
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 Dress Circle -

The Greatest Showbiz Group in the World

 Dress Circle is the longest running Musical Theatre specialist shop in the world. Established over 33 years ago we  supply the very best in Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Nostalgia products from every corner of the planet! From Cast Recordings, and Soundtracks to Vocalists and Composers we have it all. We stock CDs, DVDs, Books, Sheet Music, Merchandise, Backing Tracks, Jewellery and Memorabilia and much more from all of your favourite West End, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Fringe and foreign shows in any language.
 Here are some of the Stage Shows You May Purchase (Click On Title For details) There are many many more
Mystery of Edwin Drood The (2 CD
                            Set) Chita Rivera stars in the Broadway revival of Rupert Holmes' musical comedy.A double CDThe show is staged as a play-within-a-play with each performer portraying a fictional English actor who in turn portrays a Dickens character. Set in the style of a Victorian music hall at Christmastime The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a meta-theatrical event that invites the audience to participate in the show as the actors stage a play-within-a-play. This recording has all the Confessions.During the show audience members are encouraged to sing clap and interact with the actors culminating in an audience vote for the show Fascinating Aida - Cheap Flights  

New show includes several numbers hot off the press plus a few old favourites including their infamous anthem to budget travel "Cheap Flights" as well as "The Dogging Song" a fond homage to the joys of al fresco sex.

Jesus Christ Superstar - Live
                          Arena Tour 2012
Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London's West End Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Laurence Connor.
Company in Concert (Region 1)
Performed for four sold-out evenings with the superb New York Philharmonic.
                          Companions The
Priestley s defining work and one which established him as a national figure The Good Companions has been a mainstay of English literature since its initial publication in 1929. Jess Oakroyd discontented with his home his work and his football team tears up his Insurance Card and disappears into the night. He intends to go to Nuneaton but instead finds himself on the ragged edges of show business. We share with him the trials and tribulations of the Good Companions as they tour seaside towns industrial cities and rural backwaters in their search for success and stardom  Jan Francis leads a lively cast in Beiderbecke writer Alan Plater s definitive adaptation of J.B. Priestley s celebrated novel. Charting the rollercoaster fortunes of a struggling concert party Francis co-stars alongside Bryan Pringle John Stratton and Moody and Pegg s Judy Cornwell with guest appearances by Roy Kinnear Denis Lawson and Nigel Hawthorne.
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (Norwegian
                          Import) Blu-ray - Special Offer Live Broadway performance of Jonathan Larson's hit musical Rent. See one of the longest-running Broadway shows from the best seat in the house as it come to the end of its run. The musical follow the ups and downs of a year in the lives of a group of friends living in New York's East Village. This performance also features special appearances from some of the members of the original cast.
One of the world's best-loved performers Julie Andrews reaches new heights in her most challenging role as a woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman!  Filmed on the Broadway stage VICTOR/VICTORIA is a warm funny wildly energetic look at the nature of love gender perceptions and the battle of the sexes. Written and directed by Blake Edwards with an unforgettable score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse VICTOR/VICTORIA tells the story of an out-of-work singer whose life changes when she meets the flamboyant Toddy.
With his help she becomes "Victor" an overnight singing sensation in the nightclubs of Paris. But success becomes hilariously complicated when she meets the love of her life King Marchan a macho Chicago gangster.  From the electrifying excitement of Le Jazz Hot to the contemplative Crazy World from the humour of Chicago Illinois to the touching Almost a Love Song this classic musical has it all.

Viva La Diva s

Viva La Diva

Inrnational opera sensation Katherine Jenkins and Prima ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE combine talents in their show stopping all singing all dancing musical extravaganza Viva La Diva.
 This eclectic display of gift and fl air thrilled both critics and fans alikeshowcasing the duo's well known abilities alongside hidden talents never before revealed to the public.
Pays tribute to the great stage and screen Diva's from the golden age of glamour. See Katherine pay homage to idols
Doris Day Edith Piaf Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas whilst Darcey honours Fred Astaire Audrey Hepburn and Moira Shearer among others.

"The Live Music Show Capital of the World"


Branson Missouri is considered "The Live Music Show Capital of the World". With over 40 theatres playing host to over 100 shows, you'll have no problem finding a show in Branson that suits your taste!

Lodging is also abundant in Branson! Looking for a hotel on the "76 Strip"? How about a quiet cabin on Table Rock Lake? A cozy little resort on Lake Taneycomo in downtown Branson? You'll have all that to choose from and more! You should never go hungry here in the Ozarks. Restaurants range from fast food to the fine dining overlooking the lakes. We also offer outstanding variety with everything from Ozark favorites to Italian to Mexican to Chinese and everything in between.

Now that you've picked your shows, have a place to stay in Branson and your belly is full, you can explore some of the other attractions  that Branson has to offer. If you like fishing you'll have 3 lakes to choose from: Table Rock, Taneycomo & Bull Shoals - where you can fish in either cold water for trout or warm water for bass and other warm water favorites.
You'll also find golf, theme parks, caves, go-carts, arcades and many other things to do.

Of course you can't come to Branson and not visit a few of the stores. We offer 3 outlet malls and hundreds of other shops that could keep you shopping for days.

The National Video Archive of Performance

The National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) is the outcome of a unique agreement between the Federation of Entertainment Unions and the V&A Theatre and Performance Department enabling us to make high quality archival recordings of live performance without payment of artists' fees for research purposes.
Viewing the recordings
These pages list the titles available in the archive, with links to information for individual productions. They can be accessed by individual researchers by appointment at the Theatre and Performance research facility at Blythe House in Olympia.
Email: tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk to book an appointment.
Group viewings take place in the Sackler Centre for Education in the V&A, South Kensington.
Email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk for booking details
NVAP Videos are not available for public screenings.
Videos of live performance available in the National Video Archive of Performance, recorded by the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Where available, further details for specific productions can be viewed using the link from the production title in the listing.
To find out how to view these videos, visit the National Video Archive of Performance page.
Title Recording Location Date Duration
39 Steps, The Criterion Theatre, London 11/01/2008 1 hour 40 mins
Abigail's Party Wyndham's Theatre, London 17/07/2012 1 hour 37 mins
Absence of War, The National Theatre (Olivier), London 20/11/1993 2 hours 25 mins
Absurdia: A Resounding Tinkle Donmar Warehouse, London 24/08/2007 1 hour 28 mins
After Darwin Hampstead Theatre, London 01/08/1998 2 hours
After Mrs Rochester Duke of York's Theatre, London 10/10/2003 1 hour 40 mins
Aladdin The Old Vic, London 20/01/2005 2 hours 20 mins
Aladdin Hackney Empire, London 09/06/2010 2 hours 20 mins
Alchemist, The National Theatre (Olivier), London 18/11/2006 2 hours 21 mins
All My Sons Apollo Theatre, London 28/06/2010 2 hour 15 mins
Amy's View Aldwych Theatre, London 01/04/1998 2 hours 25 mins
An Die Musik Tricycle Theatre, London 06/10/2000 1 hour 30 mins
Antigone Bristol Old Vic 16/03/2002 1 hour 30 mins
Antony and Cleopatra Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 13/10/2006 2 hours 50 mins
Arcadia Theatre Royal Haymarket, London 24/05/1995 3 hours 15 mins
Arlecchino and Zanni Battersea Arts Centre, London 23/01/2001 1 hour 5 mins
As You Like It Noël Coward Theatre (formally Albery Theatre), London 11/02/1995 2 hours 55 mins
As You Like It Rose Theatre, Kingston 17/12/2004 2 hours 26 mins
Ashes To Ashes Royal Court at the Ambassadors Theatre, London 01/10/1996 1 hour
At Home with Mr Punch Battersea Arts Centre, London 01/02/1997 1 hour 22 mins
Avenue Q Noël Coward Theatre (formally Albery Theatre), London 12/03/2009 2 hours
Babes in the Wood Sadler's Wells Theatre, London 01/01/1995 2 hours 34 mins
Barbers of Surreal, The Lyric Hammersmith (Studio), London 04/03/1999 1 hour 40 mins
Beggar's Opera, The Bristol Old Vic 02/05/2002 2 hours 15 mins
Betrayal Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly Comedy Theatre), London 28/07/2011 1 hour 31 mins
Big Life, The Apollo Theatre, London 22/06/2005 2 hours 14 mins
Billy Elliot Apollo Victoria Theatre, London 15/07/2008 2 hours 40 mins
Birthday Royal Court, London 01/08/2012 1 hours 30 mins
Birthday Party, The Duchess Theatre, London 24/06/2005 1 hour 55 mins
Bitter Sweet Years, The Picture Gallery, Theatre Museum, London 01/05/1996 1 hour 3 mins
Blithe Spirit Savoy Theatre, London 17/05/2005 2 hours 10 mins
Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry Tricycle Theatre, London 06/10/2005 2 hours 14 mins
blue/orange Duchess Theatre, London 17/01/2001 1 hours 50 mins
Blunt Speaking Minerva Theatre, Chichester 09/08/2002 1 hour
Boeing Boeing Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly Comedy Theatre), London 25/04/2007 2 hours 25 mins
Boy with A Cart, The Chelsea Methodist Church, London 09/06/1994 1 hour 3 mins
Brain, The Natural History Museum, London 30/09/2000 1 hour 30 mins
Brand Theatre Royal Haymarket, London 28/08/2003 2 hours 30 mins
Breaking China Redbridge Drama Centre, London 28/06/2002 55 mins
Broken Glass Duke of York's Theatre, London 04/05/1995 2 hours 25 mins
Browning Version, The Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly Comedy Theatre), London 12/07/2012 1 hour 11 mins
Butley Duchess Theatre, London 16/08/2011 2 hours 4 mins
Called To Account Tricycle Theatre, London 09/06/2007 2 hours 10 mins
Cardenio Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 09/07/2011 2 hours 36 mins
Caretaker, The Liverpool Everyman 27/10/2009 2 hours 8 mins
Carnival 2001 Notting Hill, London August 2001  
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Novello Theatre, London 08/04/2010 3 hours 24 mins
Caucasian Chalk Circle, The National Theatre (Olivier), London 01/06/1997 2 hours 58 mins
Cause Célèbre The Old Vic, London 12/05/2011 2 hours 13 mins
Chairs, The Royal Court at the Duke of York's Theatre, London 01/12/1997 1 hour 30 mins
Chalk Garden, The Donmar Warehouse, London 31/07/2008 1 hour 50 mins
Cheating Hearts, The Gate Theatre, London 13/04/1994 1 hour 54 mins
Cherry Orchard, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 13/01/1996 2 hours 20 mins
Cherry Orchard, The National Theatre (Cottesloe), London 17/01/2001 2 hours 15 mins
Cherry Orchard, The (The Bridge Project) The Old Vic, London 12/08/2009 2 hours 20 mins
Chicken  Soup with Barley Tricycle Theatre, London 16/11/2005 2 hours 5 mins
Christmas Carol, A Young Vic, London 17/01/2008 1 hour 30 mins
Christmas Carol, A Norfolk House Music Room, Victoria & Albert Museum 30/12/2012  
Cinderella Birmingham Hippodrome 01/02/1996 2 hours 26 mins
Clearing, The Bush Theatre, London 14/01/1994 2 hours 30 mins
Cloaca The Old Vic, London 07/12/2004 1 hour 55 mins
Cloud Nine Almeida Theatre, London 03/12/2007 2 hours
Collection, The Richmond Theatre, Surrey 01/06/1998 55 mins
Colored Museum, The The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 19/10/2011 1 hour 33 mins
Comedians Lyric Hammersmith, London 13/11/2009 2 hours 15 mins
Comedy of Errors, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 14/04/2012 1 hour 45 mins
Company The Crucible, Sheffield 04/01/2012 2 hours 20 mins
Constellations Duke of York's Theatre, London 05/01/2013  
Copenhagen Donmar Warehouse, London 01/07/1999 2 hours 10 mins
Crucible, The Gielgud Theatre, London 18/05/2006 2 hours 27 mins
Days of Significance Tricycle Theatre, London 28/03/2008 1 hour 36 mins
Deadeye Soho Theatre, London 22/11/2006 1 hour 56 mins
Democracy Wyndham's Theatre, London 28/09/2004 2 hours 6 mins
Design for Living The Old Vic, London 18/11/2010 2 hours 30 mins
Dick Turpin York Theatre Royal 30/01/2009 2 hours 9 mins
Dick Whittington Birmingham Hippodrome 15/02/1994 2 hours 38 mins
Disappearing Number, A Barbican Theatre, London 19/09/2007 1 hour 54 mins
Dispute, The Lyric Hammersmith, London 01/05/1999 1 hour 30 mins
Doctor Faustus Young Vic, London 23/04/2002 2 hours 30 mins
Don Carlos Gielgud Theatre, London 27/04/2005 2 hours 30 mins
Double, The Peter Ustinov Studio, Bath 20/12/2012 120 mins
Dresser, The Duke of York's Theatre, London 04/05/2005 2 hours
Duchess Of Malfi, The Wyndham's Theatre, London 01/01/1996 2 hours 40 mins
Dumb Waiter, The Trafalgar Studios, London 21/03/2007 1 hour 10 mins
Dusty Fruit Battersea Arts Centre, London 01/10/1997 1 hour 45 mins
East is East Theatre Royal Stratford East, London 01/03/1997 1 hour 30 mins
Elephant Vanishes, The Barbican Theatre, London 04/06/2003 1 hour 40 mins
Enjoy Gielgud Theatre, London 29/04/2009 2 hours 20 mins
Enron NoëlCoward Theatre (formally Albery Theatre), London 31/03/2010 2 hours 40 mins
Equus Gielgud Theatre, London 21/05/2007 Part 1: 76 mins, Part 2: 50 mins
Experiment With An Air-pump, An Hampstead Theatre, London 01/11/1998 2 hours
Far Away Noël Coward Theatre (formally Albery Theatre), London 18/01/2001 50 mins
Feelgood Garrick Theatre, London 27/10/2001 2 hours 22 mns
Five Gold Rings Almeida Theatre, London 12/01/2004 2 hours
Flea in Her Ear, A The Old Vic, London 23/02/2011 2 hours 3 mins
Flesh Fly Jacksons Lane, London 01/03/1996 1 hour 43 mins
Floating Beacon, The or, The Wild Woman of the Wreck Paintings Gallery, Theatre Museum, London 18/04/2004 1 hour 12 mins
Frankenstein Lyric Hammersmith, London 21/11/2001 1 hour 45 mins
Fully Committed Menier Chocolate Factory, London 24/08/2004 1 hour 15 mins
Gem of the Ocean Tricycle Theatre, London 07/02/2006 2 hours 36 mins
George and the Dragon Studio Theatre, Theatre Museum 24/04/2004 45 mins
Ghosts Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly Comedy Theatre), London 21/06/2001 2 hours
Glee Club, The Bush Theatre, London 26/03/2002 1 hour 50 mins
Good Donmar Warehouse, London 01/05/1999 1 hour 40 mins
Great Game, The: Afghanistan Tricycle Theatre, London 17/05/2009 5 hours 47 mins
Hair Gielgud Theatre, London 30/08/2010 2 hours 3 mins
Hamlet Barbican Theatre, London 09/03/1993 3 hours 42 mins
Hamlet The Old Vic, London 21/07/2004 3 hours 40 mins
Hamlet Donmar Warehouse, London 25/11/1993 2 hours 10 mins
Hanging Man, The Lyric Hammersmith, London 21/06/2003 1 hour 31 mins
Hedda Gabler Duke of York's Theatre, London 13/07/2005 2 hours
Henry IV Part 1 The Old Vic, London 01/02/1997 1 hour 35 mins
Henry IV Part 1 National Theatre (Olivier), London 27/08/2005 2 hours 35 mins
Henry IV Part 2 The Old Vic, London 01/02/1997 2 hours 55 mins
Henry IV Part 2 National Theatre (Olivier), London 27/08/2005 2 hour s 40 mins
Henry V Hampstead Theatre, London 19/07/2012 2 hours 31 mins
Herbal Bed, The Barbican Theatre, London 01/01/1997 2 hours 30 mins
Heretic, The Royal Court, London 17/03/2011 2 hours 20 mins
Homebody/Kabul Young Vic, London 20/06/2002 3 hours 10 mins
Homecoming, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 19/09/2011 2 hours
Humble Boy National Theatre (Cottesloe), London 29/11/2001 2 hours 10 mins
Hyperlynx Tricycle Theatre, London 14/09/2002 1 hour 31 mins
Ideal Husband, An The Old Vic, London 12/01/2011 2 hours 49 mins
Importance Of Being Earnest, The The Old Vic, London 30/08/1995 2 hours 10 mins
Importance of Being Earnest, The Vaudeville Theatre, London 13/03/2008 1 hour 42 mins
Importance Of Being Oscar, The Savoy Theatre, London 01/05/1997 2 hours 10 mins
Inadmissable Evidence Donmar Warehouse, London 23/11/2011 2 hours 14 mins
Inspector Calls, An Aldwych Theatre, London 09/02/1994 1 hour 50 mins
Island, The  National Theatre (Lyttelton), London 15/02/2000 1 hour 30 mins
Jamais Vu Vaudeville Theatre, London 22/12/1993 2 hours 15 mins
Jerusalem Royal Court, London 15/08/2009 2 hours 50 mins
Joe and I King's Head Theatre, London 09/12/2005 1 hour 35 mins
Joe Turner's Come and Gone Young Vic, London 16/06/2010 2 hours 25 mins
John Bull's Other Island Tricycle Theatre, London 22/10/2003 2 hours 10 mins
John Gabriel Borkman National Theatre (Lyttelton), London 30/11/1996 2 hours 5 mins
Julius Caesar Donmar Warehouse, London 22/01/2013  
King Arthur, or, The British worthy Royal Opera House, London 05/05/1995 3 hours 7 mins
King John Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 28/08/2012 2 hours 16 mins
King Lear Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 10/12/1993 3 hours 20 mins
King Lear&