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  • Follies Male Needed

    West Wickham Operatic Society (see ) perform two large scale musicals at the Churchill Theatre each year. Their highly successful show earlier this years was CATSand they are now following this up with their autumn production, which will be Sondheim’s FOLLIES.

  • Sunday Night At BLT

    Don't miss the first of our 'Sunday Night At BLT' shows on September 16th.

    From September until Christmas Bromley Little Theatre will be putting on a series of 'Sunday Night at BLT' shows - a series of one-off 'for one night only' productions featuring specially-invited artists. All proceeds from these shows will be going towards BLT's 'reBuiLT' campaign, so please support them!

  • Leap Productions

    In January 2011 five budding actors got together to create the next generation of ‘Am Dram’. Our first production (Departures by John Godber) was entered into the Bromley Theatre Guild Festival and was received very well with large audience attendance. It also got Leap their first nomination (Best Actress in a minor role).

    Leap likes to set itself apart from other groups by trying new styles of theatre and pushing the boundaries. We are also a very social group, thats why we hold our rehearsals in a pub. We are all about enjoyment and fun.

    We aim to bring fresh new ideas to the stage, with of course some classic ‘Am Dram’ thrown in too. We perform three to four shows a year with additional fundraisers and events.

    We are always looking for all kinds of talent including actors, directors, sound and lighting, costumes - the list is endless. If you can help in any way or you just want a new social group to join then ‘Leap Productions’ is the place for you….

  • Bromley Little Theatre

    Our vibrant 113-seat theatre was established in 1938 on its present site which was converted from an old Victorian bakery.Our vibrant 113-seat theatre was established in 1938 on its present site which was converted from an old Victorian bakery.

    We present a full-length play every month (apart from August when our youth group puts on its own show) and an ‘In The Bar’ show every couple of months.

    Our main stage shows run over eight nights starting on a Friday (with no performance on Sunday). Our ‘In The Bar’ productions run over five consecutive nights from Wednesday to Sunday. Our purpose is to present outstanding theatre for everyone – from the best of contemporary dramas, comedies, thrillers, farces, musical productions as well as the classics.

    Occasionally we present new plays which our audiences may not normally have the opportunity to see. ln recent years, we have given a number of plays their premiere production in the UK. We are always keen to attract new members to take part in productions and BLT offers a wide-range of opportunities for acting, costume, lighting & sound design / operation as well as set-design and construction.
    Our wonderful theatre has undergone many improvements over the past decade in order to create a more comfortable and enjoyable venue for everyone. These include the installation of a lift for those who find the stairs difficult to manage, improved heating and air conditioning in the auditorium which makes our summer productions more comfortable.

    We have now started on a major re-develop programme for our theatre building and are working with a firm of specialist architects on a feasibility plan to significantly re-configure the existing layout to make the space work better and provide us with more flexibility. This work will be phased over several years to ensure we don’t overstretch ourselves financially, or disrupt too many of our activities.
    This is hugely important for BLT and means we can stay in our home for many years to come for the enjoyment of current and future generations of people who love our theatre.

    bromley little theatre is a registered charity no. 1132561 | registered limited company no. 06118807 | vat reg. no. 207 156 485

  • Beckenham Theatre Centre

    We own our beautiful little theatre. Situated in the heart of Beckenham in southeast London, this unusual Victorian building houses one of the smallest proscenium-arch auditoria in the country – with just 47 seats – and the unique charm of the venue delights all who enter.
    Beckenham Theatre Centre
    46 Bromley Road
    BR3 5JD
    The theatre has its own small car park and parking spaces can also be found in the side streets surrounding the theatre and nearby St George’s car park. Please note that the main roads around the theatre are not suitable for parking.
    Unfortunately, there is no easy wheelchair access to the auditorium, but special arrangements can easily be made, so please ask the Box Office for more information.
    We sell most of our tickets over the phone – the Box Office can be reached at 07500 908331. We also offer a number of tickets for each show on Eventbrite.
    Anyone can book for performances at Beckenham Theatre, but only members can take part onstage or backstage. Please support our work by joining, for just £25 per year.
    Note to members: If you bring guests with you to performances or social events, please remember to sign in the names and addresses of your guests when you arrive. Trustees reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone.
    Beckenham Theatre Centre Ltd is a registered charity, staffed entirely by volunteers, which has been committed to serving, involving and delighting the local community for almost 70 years. Registered number 236434 (England & Wales). We have a board of up to 16 Trustees, elected by quorum of members at an annual general meeting. The current chairman is Emma Berryman.
    The current board of Trustees is as follows:
    Beckenham Children’s Theatre, as we were initially known, was founded in 1948 post-war Beckenham by Hanna Schweizer the Borough Children’s Librarian at Beckenham Library. Originally conceived as a children’s play reading group, it was not long before the children aspired to perform the plays as well.
    Sidney Minchin was soon to join Hanna and two children’s groups were formed. One meeting on Tuesday evenings at Churchfields School in Beckenham, the other on Wednesday evenings at Hawes Down School in West Wickham. The groups covered all aspects of theatre, including acting, stage management, lighting, play reading and costumes.
    By 16 November 1948, after just six weeks rehearsal, the first ever Beckenham Children’s Theatre production was ready to open…
    There followed a fairly nomadic existence, performing at various halls around the Beckenham area. Then in 1954/55 things changed. The Prentice Players was formed to accommodate the now older members in the 16-25 bracket. Subscription fees were 10/6 for those not working, 15/- for the employed and £1 1s for the over 21s. And a new home was found! A deal was struck with the owners of the Harvey Hall, Fairfield Road that the hall could be converted into a theatre and used by the group two evenings a week and for eight productions a year.
    The first of these productions was Through The Looking Glass, written and composed by members. Sadly Sid Minchin died during the run. At his request none of the company knew he was ill. Sadly the period at the Harvey Hall was all too brief, and in June 1958 the final production, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, saw the end of an era. The stage was dismantled and the search was on once more. But this time there was an added challenge. Raising the estimated £5,000 that it would take to actually buy a new home.
    By the Summer of 1959, 46 Bromley Road had been found and considered a perfect venue. On 21st August 1959 Beckenham Theatre Centre Limited was incorporated with a view to buying the property. Fundraising had been ongoing for some time assisted by a variety of celebrities, most notably Sir Richard Attenborough.
    A Few Facts
     > The purchase price of 46 Bromley Road was £3,500
    > The cost of conversion estimated at £500
    > £1,200 was raised through fetes and donations
    > £1,800 was taken as a mortgage on the property (paid off in 1968)
    > A £1,000 overdraft was guaranteed by Carry On film producer Sidney Box
    The first few years of the Sixties saw 46 Bromley Road become a hive of activity as this 1883 family home was transformed into Britain’s smallest complete theatre. Most of the work was undertaken by members, some of whom, thankfullly, had started careers as architects and engineers – the rest relied on sheer enthusiasm.
    One hundred tip-up seats were bought for 9d each at an auction of the Davis Theatre, Croydon effects. There were some planning battles along the way, but on Saturday 24th September 1960 Beckenham Theatre Centre was officially opened by comedian Dick Emery. Since then the theatre has gone from strength to strength thanks to the dedication and relentless enthusiasm of its members.
    Join us today and help support this unique piece of local history!