Brookside Theatre

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Brookside Theatre
Romford War Memorial Social Club
Address 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Greater London
 United Kingdom
Capacity 140
Opened 2012
Website
www.brooksidetheatre.com

The Brookside Theatre is a 140-seat studio theatre situated in the centre of Romford in the London Borough of Havering, Greater London. The theatre is located at the Romford War Memorial Social Club (formally the Romford War Memorial Old Folks Club) on Eastern Road, Romford.

Since the theatre was established it has grown from strength to strength, quickly gaining the hearts and support of the local community with all events staged to raise money for the continued renovation of the registered War Memorial and its subsequent upkeep. The theatre plays host to many full scale theatre productions; musicals and plays, tribute bands, live music, comedy and celebrity guests and boasts the patronage of David Essex OBE and was recently heralded as "Romford's best kept secret".

History[edit]

These historic buildings were officially opened on 11 October 1953, by Lt.-Col Sir Francis Whitmore the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, to commemorate residents, civilians and service personnel of the Borough of Romford, who lost their lives during World War II.

Although Romford had always had a long tradition of amateur dramatics it had never had its own theatre, until 2012, when local volunteers converted the long-neglected Romford War Memorial Old Folks into the Brookside Theatre. The Romford War Memorial Social Club was built in 1953 to commemorate the service personnel and civilians from Romford who tragically lost their lives during WW2. The theatre now plays host to full scale musicals and plays, comedy and live music recently heralded as "Romford's best kept secret". The theatre is completely self-funded and run by volunteers and all events are staged to raise money for the continued restoration and subsequent upkeep of the War Memorial.

Alleged paranormal activity[edit]

The feature reached international media's attention in 2014 following CCTV footage that it was alleged showed possible paranormal activity.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Is this theatre haunted?". Daily Mail. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "'Ghosts' caught on CCTV at English theatre". Breaking News Ireland. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tétrico: Aseguran haber grabado a un fantasma en teatro inglés Fuente: El Dínamo http://www.eldinamo.cl/2014/07/29/video-tetrico-aseguran-haber-grabado-a-un-fantasma-en-teatro-ingles/". El Dinamo. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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