|Millfield Arts Centre|
|Address||Silver Street, Edmonton N18 1PJ
|Owner||London Borough of Enfield|
Millfield Theatre forms part of Millfield Arts Centre, which encompasses Millfield Theatre, Millfield House and The Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town. The theatre is owned, managed and funded entirely by London Borough of Enfield. It has 17 full-time staff working on site at the theatre, and employs many more casual staff. Ushers at the theatre are all volunteers. The 18th Century Millfield House houses the theatre's administration and contains rooms which are available for hire, and also plays host to a number of educational classes and workshops for children and adults.
History of Millfield Theatre
Millfield Theatre opened on December 15, 1988 in the grounds of Millfield House on Silver Street in Edmonton, North London. It was the first new theatre built in London after the National Theatre in 1963 and seats up to 362 in a variety of stage layouts.
The theatre was re-opened on 6 October 2009 by Sir Bruce Forsyth following significant refurbishment, gaining a new cafe bar, performance space, toilet block and box office. The main auditorium was renamed the Sir Bruce Forsyth Auditorium.
Millfield Theatre plays host to comedy, musical, drama, dance, children's and music shows throughout the year. Most shows at the theatre are professional shows which the management bring in for a fee, or a split of the ticket sales. The venue also hosts productions by local Amateur Theatre Companies and local Dance Schools throughout the year. When hired, the venue offers the ability to sell tickets through its own box office.
The theatre's largest production is an annual traditional pantomime which runs for 6 weeks over the Christmas period undertaking over 60 performances including 24 specifically for local schools. Sleeping Beauty is the current production for Christmas 2014.
The theatre is located close to the Great Cambridge roundabout, where the North Circular and A10 meet. The nearest railway station is Silver Street, and the following London Bus routes serve the area:
- Baluch, Lalayn (31 March 2009). "Millfield Arts Centre begins £2.5m revamp". News. The Stage Newspaper. Retrieved 11 August 2010.