Brentwood Theatre – the community theatre for Brentwood, Havering and beyond – opened in December 1993 following fifteen years of campaigning and fundraising by a dedicated core of theatre followers who collectively realised that Brentwood was the largest town in England without a dedicated theatre space.
Our first ever footing on the site back in May 1993.
Brentwood Theatre aims to provide the people of Brentwood and the surrounding areas with a vibrant, artistically challenging community theatre offering a wide-ranging programme in the performing arts.
Half way through the build here, you may begin to recognise the shape.
Since opening, our popularity has grown and grown. We now regularly see over
17,500 visitors every year, coming along to see a wide variety of productions. Most of the shows are performed by non-professional (‘amateur’) companies who rehearse in local halls, arrange costumes, build scenery etc etc and bring in their finished production to us for your entertainment. Over forty groups regularly use Brentwood Theatre for their shows, and many of them now consider us their ‘home’.
The theatre build finally finished in November 1993 ready for our first ever show; Pigspurt, produced with with Ken Campbell. This was a pidgeon English one man screwball comedy, a style in which Ken was particularly skillful, and well known for.
An archive of material from pasts shows is now being put together on-line. Photographs of past shows and building work that has been carried out as well as scanned copies of newspaper articles about the Theatre are available on our Flickr account.If you have photographs of a show that you would like to see added to our archive then let us know. As long as we have the permission of the rights holder of the photographs we would be happy to add them to our collection.
Under our events diary, you will be able to find details of shows coming up over the next few months. As soon as we have the details of a show, we add it here online so please do come back and check from time to time.
Our theatre as it stands today!
And here you can see more about how our theatre has changed over the years!