The entrance to the Brookside Theatre
|Location||Romford, Greater London|
The theatre was established in 2012 and plays host to many full scale theatre productions; musicals and plays, tribute bands, live music, comedy and celebrity guests and was recently heralded as "Romford's best kept secret".
The Theatre staged its first production in 2012; Shout! The Mod Musical, to raise money for the much needed renovation of the neglected war memorial buildings.
Over the last 3 years, the popularity of the venue has continued to grow and, in 2014, welcomed over 7000 people.
As well as producing in-house shows which have included Avenue Q, The Woman in Black, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Addams Family and All the Fun of the Fair, the theatre now plays host to touring plays, top tribute acts, concerts, comedy evenings and celebrity guests appearances.
The theatre and the war memorial renovation is a completely self-funded project that relies on the generosity and kindness of local companies and organisations and the support of the local community as well as the dedication of its volunteers.
The following celebrities and bands have performed at the theatre:
These historic buildings were officially opened on 11 October 1953, by Lt.-Col Sir Francis Whitmore the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, to commemorate residents, civilians and service personnel of the Borough of Romford, who lost their lives during World War II.
This once popular community hall and memorial, fell into severe neglect with one of the buildings boarded up well over two decades ago – this building houses commemorative oak panels engraved with the names of the fallen; a donation from the USAF in recognition of the hospitality they received whilst stationed here during the war. Following the construction of a ring road around this historic market town, in the early 1970s, large office blocks were erected, engulfing the memorial which was soon, sadly forgotten.
He added: “It’s a really lovely theatre too – I performed at the Brookside with Anita Harris last year, which was great.”