The Brookside Theatre is an excitingly intimate 160-seat venue in the London Borough of Havering that first opened its doors in May 2012.
Based within the historic Romford War Memorial buildings, this award-winning venue plays host to a varied programme of events that regularly feature full scale plays and musicals, live music and comedy and celebrity guests.
The aim of the theatre has been to raise funds for the continued renovation and subsequent upkeep of these historic buildings. It is entirely self-sufficient, self-funded and voluntarily run and serves to entertain, enrich, inspire and educate the community and provide a first-class theatrical experience that is both accessible and affordable.
Through the theatre, creative opportunities are provided for members of the community of all ages to learn and experience all aspects of theatre production and with the introduction of two in-house societies, members of the community are actively encouraged to participate in in-house events. The theatre also offers the opportunity of showcasing local talent and provides arts educational programs that promote life-long learning to the borough's diverse community.
"Stunning productions values and a great new venue. Seriously recommended"
- Time Out
"....easily meets West End standards!"
- Daily Mirror
"We were thrilled to discover such a great venue on our doorstep.
The Romford community are in for a real treat."
- Romford Recorder
"A real gem in heart of Essex"
- Time FM
"Highly impressed with the excellence of this new venture."
- Romford and Havering Post
"Great venture, putting some of the pride back into Romford."
- Audience member
"A marvellous little theatre in the heart of Romford.
We, the residents of Havering should support this little treasure"
- Cllr Melvin Wallace
In 2011, a small group of volunteers embarked on a self-instigated and self-funded venture to restore a long-forgotten WW2 War Memorial on Eastern Road, Romford. Tragically neglected for many years, the Romford War Memorial 'Old Folks' Club was built in 1953 to commemorate the service personnel and civilians from the borough who lost their lives during the Second World War. Within one of the buildings, were discovered oak panels donated by the US Air Force in recognition of the hospitality they received whilst stationed here during the War. The panels, engraved with the names of many of those who perished, had not been seen by the public for over 30 years.