|Alfred Beck Theatre|
|Address||Grange Road, Hayes UB3 2UE
|Parking||Free on-site car park|
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.
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.
The following is a selective list of artists to have trod the boards at the Beck:
- Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
- Marcus Brigstocke
- Brotherhood of Man
- Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate
- Roy 'Chubby' Brown
- Jimmy Carr
- Frank Carson
- Chas & Dave
- Jim Davidson
- Alan Davies
- Jack Dee
- Fairport Convention
- Foster & Allen
- The Fureys & Davey Arthur
- Billy Fury (who gave his final concert before an audience of fans at the venue in 1982)
- Rhod Gilbert
- Dave Gorman
- Harry Hill
- The Hollies
- Jimmy Jones
- Sean Lock
- Joe Longthorne
- Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers
- Al Murray
- The Osmonds
- Frank Skinner
- Tom Stade
- Freddie Starr
- Steeleye Span
- Suggs of Madness
- Ricky Tomlinson
- Tim Vine
- Barbara Windsor
- You Me At Six
There is a free car park at the theatre. Audience members may be dropped off at the main theatre-entrance prior to parking.
- Official Website
- Pantomimes at the Beck Theatre, 1981 to the present
- HQ Theatres entry
- Theatres Trust entry Theatres Trust
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- "Billy Fury: 1". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Osmonds to perform classic hits at the Beck Theatre, Hayes". Get West London. 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Frank Skinner comes to the Beck Theatre in Hayes". Harrow Times. 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Freddie Starr hams it up at the Beck". Get West London. 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Spotlight on Barbara Windsor MBE: Sixty Glorious Years". It's Behind You. 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.