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Temporary Closure of Church Street Car Park

Please be aware that on the 6th and 7th February the Church Street car park will be closed for essential resurfacing works.

The car park is to be resurfaced and relined on the weekend of 6th and 7th February. All other car parks withing Leatherhead will remain open as usual whilst these improvements take place.

The nearest alternative car parks are at the Church Hall on Church Road or The Swan Centre.

Full information on car parks in Leatherhead can be found at http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=16812
(2016-02-17)



Local artist Emma J White's work on display this December

A wonderful display of Emma's artworks and original paintings are on display in the foyer and on the Mezz Bar until 4 January.

Please do come in to browse during our opening hours. All the displayed work is for sale, from large canvases to smaller pieces there's plenty to choose from.
(2016-02-16)



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.

Background

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.
(2016-01-14)



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.
(2016-01-13)


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
(2016-01-12)



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
(2016-01-10)



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
(2016-01-08)



Theatre School Half Term

begins on Saturday. Rosie will see you all on Sat 7 November.
(2016-01-08)


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
(2016-01-07)



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
(2016-01-07)


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
(2016-01-06)


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.
(2016-01-06)


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
(2016-01-05)



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.
(2016-01-03)



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
(2016-01-02)



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.
(2015-12-31)


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.
(2015-08-31)



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!
(2012-07-31)

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 520 seats 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 admin@the-theatre.org.