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New Wimbledon Theatre

Having stood proudly on Wimbledon’s Broadway since 1910, Wimbledon Theatre (as it was originally named) has gone from strength to strength and garnered a glittering reputation as a premier theatrical venue in South West London.

The Grade II listed building consists of a beautiful Edwardian auditorium decorated in both Georgian and Italian renaissance styles across three levels of seating. With a capacity of over 1,500 (making it one of the largest theatres in London) the venue continues to play host to numerous touring productions of musicals, ballets, operas and plays, as well as an annual pantomime each Christmas.

Located just minutes from Wimbledon Station and served by an efficient transport network, New Wimbledon Theatre (renamed in 2004 when it came under the management of The Ambassador Theatre Group - ATG) , welcomes over 250,000 theatregoers through its doors to an average of over 45 different productions every year. Apart from the Main House there is also our Studio Theatre with its own entrance on The Broadway. An intimate and alternative space, the Studio regularly plays host to small-scale dramas and comedies taking its place as an exciting Fringe venue for London. In February 2010, as a centenary gift, it has undergone a major Front of House make-over funded by our generous supporter’s group, the Founder Friends.

They are fortunate also to benefit from a successful ‘tri-partite relationship’ between the theatre, the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust (WCTT) and the London Borough of Merton (our Landlords). By working together in partnership we are able to extend our work into our community with a flourishing Creative Learning programme largely funded by the WCTT that meets the identified needs and goals of the council’s cultural strategy and also to ensure that the building and its facilities are maintained and improved with a joint funded capital expenditure programme between Merton and ATG. In exchange for council matched funding we make available for a maximum of four weeks a year hires of the theatre to council approved community groups at a vastly reduced, not-for-profit rate.

As one of the few surviving and refurbished Theatres of architectural merit on the very edge of London, New Wimbledon Theatre has a glittering history of previous star performers such as Marlene Dietrich, Laurel and Hardy, Dirk Bogarde and Gracie Fields, as well as boasting world premieres of such famous productions as Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’ which starred Tommy Steele. In 2008 it was chosen as the venue for HRH the Prince of Wales’ 60th Birthday Gala ‘We are Most Amused’ which saw Robin Williams, John Cleese and Joan Rivers on our stage and joined by a host of home-grown and international comedic talent in aid of The Princes Trust.

New Wimbledon Theatre is also hugely proud of its reputation as ‘the Home of London Pantomime’ and each year stages full-scale traditional productions which have included star performances from John Barrowman, Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, Joanna Page, Gareth Gates and Ross Kemp. Last year’s production of ‘Aladdin’, which broke previous Box Office records, featured Brian Blessed and guest stars Ruby Wax, Anita Dobson, Paul O’Grady and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in her much publicised pantomime debut.
 

New Wimbledon Theatre,
93 The Broadway,
SW19 1QG

0844 871 7615
New Wimbledon Theatre

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