Brookside Theatre

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Brookside Theatre
Brookside Theatre Entrance.jpg
The entrance to the Brookside Theatre with illuminated neon sign
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 was established in 2012 and plays host to many full scale theatre productions; musicals and plays, tribute bands, live music, comedy and celebrity guests and was recently heralded as "Romford's best kept secret".

The theatre is located at the Romford War Memorial Social Club (formally the Romford War Memorial Old Folks Club) on Eastern Road, Romford.

History[edit]

The outside of the Brookside Theatre

Under the joint leadership of Artistic Director Jai Sepple and his wife, Harri, the theatre staged its first production in 2012; Shout! The Mod Musical, to raise money for the much needed renovation of the neglected war memorial buildings.

Over the last 3 years, the popularity of the venue has continued to grow and, in 2014, welcomed over 7000 people.

As well as producing in-house shows which have included Avenue Q, The Woman in Black, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Addams Family and All the Fun of the Fair, the theatre now plays host to touring plays, top tribute acts, concerts, comedy evenings and celebrity guests appearances and is proud to boast the patronage of David Essex OBE.

The theatre and the war memorial renovation is a completely self-funded project that relies on the generosity and kindness of local companies and organisations and the support of the local community as well as the dedication of its volunteers.

The Brookside Theatre Auditorium
The Brookside Theatre Box Office

In-house productions[edit]

2015

Month Production
March All the Fun of the Fair
April Jack The Ripper: Monster of Whitechapel
September Nights On Broadway (in aid of First Step Children's Charity)
September Babysitters (in association with London Via Stoke Productions)
December A Christmas Carol The Musical

2014

Month Production
March Bouncers
April Avenue Q
October The Addams Family

2013

Month Production
January Frankenstein - A New Musical
April Nights On Broadway
August Shout! The Mod Musical
September Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
November The Woman in Black

2012

Month Production
May Shout! The Mod Musical
September The Pirates of Penzance
November Deathtrap
November Nunsense
December The Jungle Book

Celebrity appearances[edit]

The following celebrities and bands have performed at the theatre:

Romford War Memorial[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.

This once popular community hall and memorial, fell into severe neglect with one of the buildings boarded up well over two decades ago – this building houses commemorative oak panels engraved with the names of the fallen; a donation from the USAF in recognition of the hospitality they received whilst stationed here during the war. Following the construction of a ring road around this historic market town, in the early 1970’s, large office blocks were erected, engulfing the memorial which was soon, sadly forgotten.

Alleged paranormal activity[edit]

The feature reached the international media's attention in 2014 following CCTV footage that allegedly showed possible paranormal activity.[15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brookside Theatre - Schedule of events (Jan-June 2015)" (PDF). Havering Council. p. 3. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Now on to Romford for tonight's show at the Brookside Theatre.". Twitter. 27 Mar 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Wilkin, Andy (25 November 2014). "The first x-factor winner, Steve Brookstein preforms live at the Brookside theatre". Hornchurchlife. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "EGGHEADS' CJ de Mool to Star in Brookside Theatre's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Sept 24-Oct 6". Broadway World. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hornchurch author takes on Brookside panto in Romford". Romford Recorder. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Brookside Theatre - Schedule of events (Jan-June 2015)" (PDF). Havering Council. p. 4. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Back on tour tonight with @DominicKirwan at The Lights, Andover and Thurs at Brookside Theatre Romford". Twitter. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Our hosts: Nicki French (UK 2000) and Paddy O’Connell". London Eurovision. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Nair, Ajay (18 January 2015). "Jerry Lee Lewis tribute act to shake up Brookside Theatre". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 13 May 2015. He added: “It’s a really lovely theatre too – I performed at the Brookside with Anita Harris last year, which was great.” 
  10. ^ Richards, Lee-Ann (4 June 2013). "Chas Hodges to perform at the Brookside Theatre, Romford". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Brookside Theatre - Schedule of events (Jan-June 2015)" (PDF). Havering Council. p. 1. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jimmy Jones is back in town!". The Enquirer. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Wilkin, Andy (1 January 2015). "Comedy Legend takes to the stage at The Brookside Theatre". Hornchurchlife. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Is this theatre haunted?". Daily Mail. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "'Ghosts' caught on CCTV at English theatre". Breaking News Ireland. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "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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Coordinates: 51°34′34″N 0°11′07″E / 51.5761°N 0.1853°E / 51.5761; 0.1853