Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Hannah Gordon (Upstairs, Downstairs), Patricia Hodge (Miranda) Hayley Mills (Wild at Heart) Sylvia Syms (The Queen) and Simon Williams (Holby City) have all tread the boards here when the Leatherhead Theatre was operating as the Thorndike.
The Leatherhead Theatre is approaching some milestones in its history.
2017 celebrates the 'Break through Ceremony' when actress Dame Sybil Thorndike made the first strike in the building works back in 1967. Looking ahead to 2019 the theatre will be celebrating its 50th birthday.
Therefore the raising funds is essential to the maintenance and running of the theatre. We do not receive a single penny from the Arts Council, trusts or the local council. Thanks to the generosity of the general public and the enthusiasm of our loyal volunteers, we support ourselves through ticket sales and fund-raising.
St John's School, Leatherhead with 'Find Me' by Olwyn Wymark
Applause Youth Theatre Company, Dorking with 'Les Justes' by Albert Camus
Goya Verity in 'Alzheimers', Reigate Grammar School
Jay Small as 'Dean' in 'Promoun' by In Yer Face Productions, Basingstoke
Best Direstor of a Junior Production:
Bronte Sky for 'Reverse' by Therfield Theatre Company
New Writing Award:
Reigate Grammar School Team A for 'Alzheimer's'
Richard Houghton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Festival:
Bronte Skey: Writer, Director and Actress for 'Reverse', Therfield Theatre Company
Runnymede Drama Group with 'Primrose Way' by Ron Nicol
Tonbridge Theatre Arts Club, Oast Theatre with 'A Thing of Beauty' by Charles Kray
Elizabeth McCreadie as 'Benedicta' in 'A Thing of Beauty', TTAC Oast Theatre
Nick Smith as the 'Colonel' in 'A Thing of Beauty', TTAC Oast Theatre
Best Director of an Adult Production:
Judith Dolley for 'Primrose Way', Runnymede Drama Group
New Writing Award:
Phillip Bingham for 'Precipice'
Richard Houghton Award for outstanding contribution to the Festival:
Terri Winchester, Freewheelers Theatre Company, for a flawless, moving and compelling performance in 'A Cream Cracker under the Settee'
The club attracts photographers of all abilities. Their common objective it to 'take a better photograph' and the programme is designed to be informative, engaging and enjoyable.
The Club marks its Anniversary with a major event in The Leatherhead Theatre. From 4th to the 29th April there will be an exhibition of about 100 framed prints and display of digital images. This will be the third year we have exhibited in the theatre.
If you are interested in photography or just want to see some great images, please come along to the exhibition, you will not be disappointed.
You are welcome to come along and chat to the club members about photography at one of the 'Meet the Photographer' sessions to be held on Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd April. These are open sessions whatever your interest and whether you use a smartphone or even expensive professional equipment.
For more information on Bookham Camera Club www.bookhamcc.org.uk
Images shown: Nostalgic Encounter by Paul Mitchell, Honour Guard at Ground Zero by Roger Mendham, Last Bus Home by Andy Carter, Round The Bend by Eddie Hyde, Harefield by Gary Margetts, Dung Beetle by Barrie Parker
Open Tues - Sat from 10am - 2pm and 1 hour before shows and events
Half Term Week 2 June
Last day of term will be 14 July
You grew up on the savannahs of East Africa. Did that influence your decision to raise your kids there? What did you get out of it that you hope your kids do as well?
I think if you grow up being exposed to very different environments it has a profound effect on you. Most importantly it helps you to see beyond your immediate neighbourhood, and to have a curiosity about the world. Growing up among people of very different cultures also teaches you to be more fluent in different ways of life and thinking ? and that perhaps is the most important thing of all ? to have a perspective outside of the 'Western bubble'. My sister and I have been enchanted by the Samburu ecosystem in north Kenya ever since we were little girls, as our parents used to take us on camel safaris led by Samburu warriors ? walking through the bush for extended periods and having all sorts of adventures. We fell in love with the Samburu people and their way of life. [My husband] Frank and I wanted our kids to experience bush living properly, so taking the decision for me to run Elephant Watch Camp was relatively easy as Frank was already heavily involved in Samburu National Reserve through Save the Elephants.
Was it a difficult decision to take over this camp with a young family in tow?
Not really. I was going a bit mad being a 'mum in the suburbs', especially after the twins were born. My life pre-kids was very adventurous and mostly in wild places, as was my husband?s, so we were both pining for a bit of wilderness. Luckily, a lot of things aligned to make it possible to escape urban life and head up into the wild to Elephant Watch Camp.
What has been the most difficult part of the experience?
Trying to juggle the very high standards of Elephant Watch Camp ? a luxury tented safari lodge that specialises in all things wildlife and elephants ? to exceed the expectations of our guests whenever possible, along with the demands of our kids, the day to day challenges of running a camp in a remote location, the needs of my husband and those of a BBC television crew (while they were there), was tough! Sometimes I felt I was being pulled in five directions by wild horses!
The current Leatherhead Theatre, formerly known as the Thorndike Theatre, opened in September 1969. Many well-known stars performed on the stage until the venue was closed in 1997 following the withdrawal of public funding. In 1999 the building was awarded Grade II listed status for buildings of special architectural or historic interest.
In 2001 the theatre opened again after a 15 year lease was granted to a local Christian charity and social enterprise. In the 2005 Leatherhead Tomorrow Heathcheck, the theatre was cited as one of the town's best features. It helps to sustain community life by contributing an estimated £625,000 economic added value each year, and enabling many thousands of people to enjoy the events that take place at this unique venue.
The trust must pay a cash deposit to the landlord as a condition of renewal. Additionally, legal and other costs have been incurred on the transaction. Under the terms of the lease the trust is also responsible for maintaining the building. Whilst the restoration levy raised just over £8,000 in the last financial year, nearly £18,000 was spent on maintenance. This year we have already had to renew the main water tank, and will soon need to have specialist work carried out to remedy deterioration of the external concrete.
Our target is £100,000 to cover the rent deposit, lease renewal costs, and contribute to the ongoing work of the theatre. We are delighted to announce that we have raised £50,000 so far. There is still a way to go to reach our target and we would like to invite you to support our appeal and play your part in helping to keep this valuable community asset open for another 10 years.
Donations of all amounts are most welcome and can either be handed in at the Box Office or sent in by post.
There's also an opportunity to book for a special meet and greet with Ian and Natalie, ask at the Box Office for more details
Saturday 21 May - tickets are on sale now
We are continuing to show the fascinating documentary's from Exhibition on Screen, bringing blockbuster art exhibitions from galleries around the world.
Highlights include NT Live: Les Liaison Dangereuses a new production of this Olivier Award winnning play from the Donmar Warehouse on Thursday 28 January 7.00pm and Tuesday 9 February 2.00pm. Focusing on the legendary performance at La Scala earlier in the year, Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini on Thursday 11 February 7.30pm, promises to be a feast for the ears and a facinating insight into Puccini - the man, the musician, the superstar. And for our many ballet fans, you can't go wrong with the quintessential Romantic classic of Giselle from the Royal Ballet on Wednesday 6 April
Starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour
Verdi masterfully pits the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe. Awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun, there could be no grander setting for an opera.
Tickets are on sale now
Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds go into The Leatherhead Theatre Restoration Fund
Drop in between 10am and 2pm or 1 hour before shows, screenings and events and treat yourself to a slice of locally made cake and one of our speciality coffees or teas. There will be a changing selection of flavours including carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle, victoria sponge and more.
The season begins with The Winter's Tale. Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh.
The Winter's Tale will star a remarkable group of actors including Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Hadley Fraser and Kenneth Branagh.
Screening Thursday 26 November. Tickets on sale now
See the Royal Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet (22 Sept) and Christmas favourite the Nutcracker (17 Dec). Or you could enjoy four short ballets in one evening (12 Nov)! One of the four ballets will be an adaptation of Bizet's opera Carmen to dance, performed by internationally acclaimed artist and choreographer Carlos Acosta.
Opera performances include Mozart's lively Le nozze di Figaro (5 Oct) and a double performance of two short Italian operas Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (13 Dec).
Tickets on sale now.
The auditorium can also be booked for larger conferences. The auditorium has 495 fixed seats plus space for 6 wheelchairs and can be hired for auditions, onstage rehearsals or performances.
Our studio space, the Casson Room, is equipped to suit dance, drama and performance groups for classes and rehearsals. It is also appropriate for holding first readings, creative company meetings or smaller auditions.
We offer a professional and friendly service, and are always happy to discuss possible bookings. To enquire, please call 01372 365141 or alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.