The Broadway Theatre
|Owner||Barking & Dagenham College|
|Capacity||341 seated on two levels|
|Opened||1936 (renovated 2004)|
|Architect||Herbert Jackson & Reginald Edmonds. Tim Foster Architects (2004 regeneration)|
It is now an arts centre and auditorium with a seated capacity of 341, designed by Tim Foster Architects. The venue is managed by Barking & Dagenham College and aims to improve access to arts facilities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the surrounding areas of east London. The Broadway is also home to Barking & Dagenham College's Performing Arts School.
In 1971, the renowned Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young recorded two tracks from Harvest, his best selling and most famous album, at the Broadway when it was known as Barking Assembly Hall (but is credited as Barking Town Hall on the album notes.) Young recorded these two tracks "A Man Needs a Maid" and "There's a World" for his Harvest album in Barking with Jack Nitzsche and the London Symphony Orchestra. in March 1971. The album was released on 1 February 1972.