London Borough of Bromley
|Owner||Ambassador Theatre Group|
|Type||Receiving and producing house|
|Opened||19 July 1977|
It is carefully integrated into the central library complex overlooking Church House Gardens and Library Gardens. The slope of the site has been cleverly used; the auditorium is essentially below ground level and entered by descending staircases from the foyer.
The theatre was opened on 19 July 1977 by HRH Prince of Wales, and seats 785. It is now run on a contract currently held by the Ambassador Theatre Group and is successful commercially, acting as both a receiving and producing house, with many of its own productions transferring to the West End or touring nationally. An example, being recent tours of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was also the home of the first two series' of The Brian Conley Show before moving to The London Studios, and there is an annual pantomime season.
The Churchill is an example of a repertory theatre built in the style of European opera houses, with a large stage and sub-stage workshops. It was built on the side of a hill which disguises the number and size of the lower levels and gives the impression that it is smaller than it actually is.
Most recently the Churchill Theatre has been co-producers of several No. 1 UK Tours, including Marti Pellow in Jekyll & Hyde The Musical, Bill Kenwright's Save The Last Dance For Me, and the huge West End hit Dreamboats and Petticoats.
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