The New Wimbledon Studio and the Wimbledon Studio are gems in the crown of the local community
11th September 2012
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"For beauty and size Wimbledon Theatre would not disgrace Shaftesbury Avenue" The Times
Having stood proudly on Wimbledon's Broadway since 1910, Wimbledon Theatre (as it was originally named) has gone from strength to strength and garnered a glittering reputation as a premier theatrical venue in South West London.
The Grade II listed building consists of a beautiful Edwardian auditorium decorated in both Georgian and Italian renaissance styles across three levels of seating. With a capacity of over 1,700 (making it one of the largest theatres in London) the venue continues to play host to numerous touring productions of musicals, ballets, operas and plays, as well as an annual pantomime each Christmas.
Located just minutes from Wimbledon Station and served by an efficient transport network, New Wimbledon Theatre (renamed in 2004 when it came under the management of The Ambassador Theatre Group - ATG) , welcomes over 250,000 theatregoers through its doors to an average of over 45 different productions every year.
As one of the few surviving and refurbished Theatres of architectural merit on the very edge of London, New Wimbledon Theatre has a glittering history of previous star performers such as Marlene Dietrich, Noël Coward, Laurel and Hardy, Dirk Bogarde and Gracie Fields, as well as boasting world premieres of such famous productions as Lionel Bart's 'Oliver!' and 'Half a Sixpence' which starred Tommy Steele.
In 2008 it was chosen as the venue for HRH the Prince of Wales' 60th Birthday Gala 'We are Most Amused' which saw Robin Williams, John Cleese and Joan Rivers on stage and joined by a host of home-grown and international comedic talent in aid of The Princes Trust.
New Wimbledon Theatre is also hugely proud of its reputation as 'The Home of London Pantomime' and each year stages full-scale traditional productions which have included star performances from John Barrowman, Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler, Joanna Page, Gareth Gates and Ross Kemp. 2009's production of 'Aladdin', which broke previous Box Office records, featured Brian Blessed and guest stars Ruby Wax, Anita Dobson, Paul O'Grady and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in her much publicised pantomime debut.
New Wimbledon Studio
Apart from the Main House, the New Wimbledon Studio is a 50-80 seat black box' theatre, founded in 1994 in a ballroom where legend has it Fred & Adele Astaire once danced. With its own entrance on The Broadway, the Studio is an intimate and alternative space, regularly playing host to small-scale dramas and comedies taking its place as an exciting Fringe venue for London. The Studio's particular achievement has been the development of work from new writers, comedians, directors and production companies.
New Wimbledon Theatre
93 The Broadway
London SW19 1QG
Tel: 020 8545 7900

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