Broadway Theatre, Catford
The Broadway Theatre
|Designation||Grade II* listed|
|Architect||Bradshaw Gass & Hope|
|Owned by||London Borough of Lewisham|
|Capacity||800 seated (main)
100 seated (studio theatre)
|Production||Cinema, theatre, music and pantomime|
The Broadway Theatre, Catford is a theatre on Rushey Green, Catford in the London Borough of Lewisham. A grade II* listed building, the theatre was built in 1932 and is an outstanding example of Art Deco design. The architects were Bradshaw Gass & Hope; the slightly Gothic features were intended to relate to the adjacent Gothic Revival Town Hall which has since been demolished.
It has two auditoriums, an 800-seat main theatre and a small 80-seat studio theatre. Its programme consists of a diverse mix of theatre and music, including a pantomime season featuring star names, stand up comedy, nostalgia shows, drama and children's theatre. The Broadway Theatre is particularly successful at presenting black theatre and is home to Britain's leading black theatre company, Blue Mountain. Since a refurbishment in 2001, it has also presented a regular programme of films, it has a residency with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and it is home to the acclaimed Lewisham Youth Theatre. The Broadway theatre is owned by the London Borough of Lewisham, and its artistic director is Martin Costello.
The Broadway's Studio Theatre is now regarded as one of London's finest fringe venues, with a continuous programme of highly acclaimed productions featuring professional actors and directors. Since 2001's production of Ben Elton's Popcorn the studio has hosted numerous productions including Cabaret, Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange and their critically acclaimed take on Frank McGuinness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.
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