Beck Theatre

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The Beck Theatre
Alfred Beck Theatre
Address Grange Road, Hayes UB3 2UE
London
 United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′17″N 0°25′24″W / 51.5215°N 0.4234°W / 51.5215; -0.4234
Parking Free on-site car park
Owner HQ Theatres
Type Provincial
Capacity 600
Opened 1977
Website
www.becktheatre.org.uk

The Beck Theatre is a 600-seat theatre in Hayes, in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It was built in 1977 at a cost of £2.5 million.

Type[edit]

The Beck is very much a community theatre, offering one-night concerts, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, children's shows, films, opera, pantomime, and a renowned children's summer project.

History[edit]

The Beck Theatre was built in 1977 by Hillingdon Borough Council, with a bequest from Councillor Alfred Beck. It was purpose-built as a community-focused theatre, and is set in a parkland aspect adjoining a botanical garden (the Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens).

The Beck was one of forty buildings considered for the Royal Institute of British Architects London region award in 1978, and in 2004 won an Access Award from Hillingdon Council for its resources for disabled and elderly people.

A fund shortage threatened the theatre's future in 1984, when it was saved by a local petition. It was taken over in 1986 by impresario Charles Vance. The management contract passed then to Hetherington Seelig, followed by Apollo Leisure in 1992 (later bought out by Clear Channel Entertainment). In 2006, the Beck reverted to Hetherington Seelig in a partnership with Qdos Entertainment called HQ Theatres, which continues to run the theatre on behalf of the local council.

In June 1991, the theatre was the scene of an attempted IRA bombing, before a performance by the Blues and Royals band.[1]

Transport[edit]

Buses[edit]

The 90, 195, 427, 607, H98 and U7 buses all stop at the Beck Theatre. Alight at the traffic lights at the junction of Uxbridge Road and Grange Road.

Train[edit]

The closest train station is Hayes and Harlington, which is approximately 2 km away. The 90, 195, and H98 buses connect Hayes and Harlington Station and the Beck Theatre.

Tube[edit]

Uxbridge is the closest London Underground station. The 427, 607, and U7 buses connect Uxbridge Station and the Beck Theatre.

Car[edit]

There is a free car park at the theatre. Audience members may be dropped off at the main theatre-entrance prior to parking.

Artists[edit]

The following is a selective list of artists to have trod the boards at the Beck:

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