Theatre Which Closed In The 1960s Reopens For One Day

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 30 months ago
Theatre Which Closed In The 1960s Reopens For One Day
Photo: Streatham Theatre

Among the local supermarkets and fried chicken joints of Streatham Hill sits Beacon Bingo. The name may not be grand, but the building is; it was once a theatre.

The Streatham Hill Playhouse was open as a theatre from 1928-1962, weathering bomb damage in the second world war. After closing, it was taken over as a bingo hall and is still one to this day. Next month, however, it revisits its theatrical roots for a day.

Streatham Theatre Company will be running a tour of the listed building, including disused areas, with scenes from various Shakespeare plays being performed as part of the tour. The event is part of Streatham Festival 2016, a week-long celebration of all things local.

Elsewhere, Streatham Common's little-known Rookery garden is put to good use with a live showtune music performance and a community barbecue. Harry Potter actor and Streathan local Jon Campling is involved in a portrait session for budding artists, while music, dance and more theatre complete the programme.

As always, Streatham will become a giant art gallery throughout the festival: Art 23 sees work by local artists displayed in shop windows, public areas, and on the walls of cafes and restaurants.

Shakespeare Plays Bingo takes place 2 July. Tickets are £7/£5 and need to be booked in advance. Streatham Festival 2016 takes place 2-9 July. Check website for schedule and ticket information.

Last Updated 10 June 2016