The Leatherhead Theatre / Theatre

The Leatherhead Theatre, formerly known as the Thorndike Theatre, is a Grade II listed building and was the first theatre designed by the architect Roderick Ham within what was the disused Crescent Cinema. If first opened it’s doors in September 1969. 

Director Hazel Vincent Wallace, whose very successful repertory theatre company had outgrown its premises on the high street, was the force behind the reopening of the theatre, raising substantial funds for its redevelopment. Her company moved and worked there, running weekly rep for 36 weeks of the year. When public funding was withdrawn and people’s theatre-going habits changed in the Nineties, the theatre was forced to close, and went dark for four years. On re-opening in 2001 it was and still is run by a charitable trust, without any public subsidy.

As well as a 500-seater auditorium and West End-size stage, the theatre also houses an upstairs bar, a coffee shop, a studio space and two conference rooms, and under relatively new business development and artistic direction, is attempting to regain something of its former glory and artistic renown. A new professional repertory theatre season starts this month (April 2018), with a view to another in the autumn, and there are plans to bring in a more diverse programme, offering something for all ages and differing artistic persuasions. The theatre still offers a cinema between live shows, as well as live screenings of West End and other shows and performances, and also now offers performance classes for children.

All of this and more can be found on the theatre’s website: www.theleatherheadtheatre.com

* Recommendations and Reviews

* Referencing carried out independently by Epsom and Ewell Families

  1. “The Leatherhead Theatre serve as a venue for my company to produce an annual pantomime there. It has great facilities, good staff with a great work ethic and a willingness to make our production a success.

    The locality is great being right in the centre of town and the rejuvenation of the local area. There is a great cafeteria section too”

    – Tom Beard

  2. “The Leatherhead Theatre is where one can see not only films, but also screenings of world class productions from London Theatres, the RSC, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, all in our own town. Also a new Leatherhead Repertory Company is bringing live theatre back for us all to enjoy. It is brilliant that these shows are available to see without travelling to London or Stratford etc.

    Leatherhead is very fortunate to have a theatre and I enjoy supporting it by not only seeing shows and films but also by being a volunteer. The facilities are great – there is a 500 seat auditorium, with space for wheelchairs and a lift for step-free access so is available for everyone. There are meeting rooms for conferences. There is the Casson Room for studio-type productions. Local Art Clubs exhibit their work. There is a book club once a month and many schools use the auditorium for their shows.

    A very good local resource.”

    – Ginnie Hall, Leatherhead

  3. “I’ve attended many pantos and shows at The Leatherhead Theatre. It is a lovely small traditional theatre with a welcome and friendly atmosphere. The staff are polite and kind and will do anything to help. The toilets are clean and tidy and the theatre itself great for children and families.

    To sum it up it’s a lovely local theatre with a great variety of shows. Perfect for families and ideal for private hire.”

    – Emily Harbrecht, Carshalton

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