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Junior Awards - Leatherhead Drama Festival 2016

Winners: ST JOHN'S SCHOOL with 'Find Me' by Olwyn Wymark

Runners-up: APPLAUSE YOUTH THEATRE COMPANY with 'Les Justes' by Albert Camus


BRONTE SKEY, 'Reverse' - Therfield Theatre Company
GOYA VERITY, 'Alzheimer's', RAAS Drama
AMMELIE SIMMS, 'Caucasian Chalk Circle', RAAS Drama


MATT MAHONEY, 'Les Justes', AYTCo.
JAY SMALL, 'Pronoun', In Yer Face Productions
LEWIS CATTO, 'Find Me', St Johns School

Richard Houghton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Festival

BRONTE SKEY: Writer, Director and Actress of 'Reverse', Therfield Theatre Co.
REED'S SCHOOL: Map set for 'Two Week's with the Queen'.
SUSY PAYNE: for writing & directing while caring for a new-born, LPA.

Best Director of a Junior Production

DAVID WALKER, 'Les Justes', AYTCo.
JAMIE GARBETT: 'Find Me', St John's School
BRONTE SKEY: 'Reverse', Therfield Theatre Co.
EMMA LOVE & OLI PHILLIPS: 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle', RAAS Drama

New Writing Award

BRONTE SKEY: 'Reverse'
REIGATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL: 'Alzheimer's & Sexism'

bookham camera club 70th anniversary exhibition

2016 will be a memorable year for Bookham Camera Club as it celebrates its 70th anniversary in April.

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

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

Now serving Simply Lunch sandwiches and paninis - free cup of filter coffee or choice of tea with every sandwich purchase until 5 May

We have teamed up with local food suppliers Simply Lunch to offer a delicious selection of fresh sandwiches and paninis. Available to eat in or takeaway why not make a meal of it and have a slice of scrummy Loseley Bakery cake while you're at it!

Open Tues - Sat from 10am - 2pm and 1 hour before shows and events

Summer Term for Leatherhead Performing Arts Class

Term will start on 14 April

Half Term Week 2 June

Last day of term will be 14 July

Saba Douglas-Hamilton on International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day we thought we would share a couple of insights from Saba Douglas-Hamilton, her life living and bringing up a family in Samburu, Kenya:

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!


Regrettably, the scheduled screenings of The Magic Flute, from the English National Opera, on 9 and 10 March, have been cancelled by the company due to technical issues at the London Coliseum which would have adversely affected the audience experience. We have attempted to contact all ticket holders to issue refunds, please get in contact if you still require one. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Leatherhead Theatre Leases Renewed

We are delighted to say that the Leatherhead Revival Trust has been granted a ten year extension to the theatre leases by the landlord. This means that the Leatherhead Theatre Company can continue to provide community focused inclusive entertainment and educational activities for another ten years. We are sure you will agree that this is good news and we would like to thank your for all your valuable help and support so far.


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 appeal

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.

Appeal target

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.

Stars of Dick Whittington turn on Leatherhead Christmas Tree lights

Our Dick Whittington cast had the honour of turning on the Christmas Tree lights this Saturday at the Leatherhead Christmas Festival. Head to our Facebook page to check out all the photos.

Join the stars of Strictly, Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe when the bring 'A touch of class...' to Leatherhead

Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever... The Strictly Come Dancing favourites will perform a dance showcase spectacularly designed to dazzle and wow you. The pro-pairing are best known for their high intensity performances on the hit BBC show. Ian and Natalie have become family favourites, as they are always pushing the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity couple.

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

Event Screenings for 2016 are now on sale

From the comfort of The Leatherhead Theatre auditorium, experience performances from some of the world's most prestigious theatres and opera houses including the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company and the London Coliseum.

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

Maggie Smith stars in The Lady in the Van - Screenings start 28 December

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked in her van in the Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Their unique story is funny, poignant and life-affirming.

Starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour

Theatre School Half Term

begins on Saturday. Rosie will see you all on Sat 7 November.

Aida on Sydney Harbour Encore Screening

Due to popular demand we have added an encore screening of Aida on Sydney Harbour on Tuesday 10 November at 2.00pm.

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

The much anticipated Suffragette movie

will be screening 13, 17, 18 and 19 November. Call the Box Office on 01372 365141 for times and bookings

See Michael Fassbender as Macbeth

in this compelling re-telling of the Scottish lord and his ambitious wife. Screening on 10, 11, 12 November. Call Box office on 01372 365141 for times and bookings

Tea and Cake Matinees are back

Present your matinee film ticket at the Coffee Shop and receive a slice of Loseley Bakery Cake and a cup of English tea or filter coffee for 3 pounds.

The Architectural History of the Thorndike Theatre: A 1960s 'rep' in context

The Leatherhead Theatre - opened in 1969 as the Thorndike Theatre - was one of a significant number of new theatres built in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s. It is one of the best examples of the period. In an illustrated talk on Wednesday 11 November, Dr Alistair Fair, a historian at the University of Edinburgh who is currently writing a book about post-war British theatre architecture, will explain how and why the Thorndike was designed as it was. What ideas shaped its design and why is it an important building?

Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds go into The Leatherhead Theatre Restoration Fund

Now stocking delicious Loseley Bakery cakes and ice creams

If you were lucky enough to have a sample or two last week you will know that the Loseley Bakery cakes are pretty delicious!

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.

Don't miss Judi Dench in screening of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's The Winter's Tale

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London's Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.

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

Heritage Open Days Launch Sell Out Success

The Leatherhead Theatre hosted the local Heritage Open Days Launch event, a talk from NADFAS accredited Bertie Pearce on Charles Dickens - The man and his life through his characters. The event completely sold out and was very much enjoyed by those in attendance.

Experience opera and ballet direct from the Royal Opera House

Enjoy the world's best in opera and ballet right here at Leatherhead Theatre, streamed live from the Royal Opera House.

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.

Coffee Shop Loyalty Card Scheme Announced!

The Leatherhead Theatre Coffee Shop now has a brand new loyalty card scheme. Buy 8 hot drinks, and get your 9th free! The Coffee Shop is open 10am - 2pm, Tuesday - Saturday, so come on in and pick up your free loyalty card today!

Junior Awards - Leatherhead Drama Festival 2016

Winners: St John's School with 'Find Me' by Olwyn Wymark

Runners-up: Applause Youth Theatre Company with 'Les Justes' by Albert Camus


Nominations: Bronte Skey, 'Reverse' - Therfield Theatre Company

Goya Verity, 'Alzheimer's', RAAS Drama

Ammelie Simms, 'Caucasian Chalk Circle', RAAS Drama


Nominations: Matt Mahoney, 'Les Justes', AYTCo.

Jay Small, 'Pronoun', In Yer Face Productions

Lewis Catto, 'Find Me', St Johns School

Richard Houghton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Festival

Nominations: Bronte Skey: Writer, Director and Actress of 'Reverse', Therfield Theatre Co.

Reed's School: Map set for 'Two Week's with the Queen'.
Young Ashtead Players: Set & Costumes
Susy Payne: for writing & directing while caring for a new-born, LPA.

Best Director of a Junior Productione



facilities for hire

We offer excellent facilities for conferences and can accommodate up to 40 delegates in our spacious Green Room. Tables, seating and facilities for projected presentations are available and catering can be arranged to provide for meetings during the day or evening.

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