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Timeline

  • A new theatre for the “West End of South London”: 26th October 1927

    Streatham Hill Theatre (SHT) was designed by W. G. R Sprague and W. H.Barton, with a capacity of around 2800 and a stage the size of the LondonPalladium. It formed part of Streatham’s theatre and entertainment offer when… Read More


  • Magnificent New Theatre for Streatham

    The Norwood News of 31 August 1928 featured plans for the new Streatham Hill Theatre as part of a larger development to include a cinema and palais de danse. See the front page here, with thanks to Streatham… Read More


  • Foundation Stone Laye’d: 6th September 1928

    Over 90 years ago local resident and international celebrity of stage and screen, Evelyn Laye laid the foundation stone for the Streatham Hill Playhouse as it was originally to be known.


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  • The Stage: Streatham Hill Playhouse opening

    The new Streatham Hill Playhouse will open on November 11, when the company now playing “Hold Everything” at the Palace Theatre will supply the opening attraction. The Stage 7/11/1929. As it happens opening was delayed due to incomplete… Read More


  • Theatre opens: 20th November 1929

    The Streatham Hill Theatre was due to open, offering “West End shows at provincial prices”, on Monday 18th November 1929, but wasn’t quite ready. It was ready enough to open on the Wednesday, 20th November 1929, with the… Read More


  • W. G. R. Sprague, theatre architect, dies

    William George Robert Sprague, the renowned theatre architect, has died only four years after his last theatre opened. Sprague was the architect of Streatham Hill Theatre (along with W. H. Barton) which opened in November 1929. He lived… Read More


  • Serious Bomb Damage: 3rd July 1944

    At 6.30am on the morning of Monday 3rd July 1944 a flying bomb destroyed the side wall of the theatre. Sleeping inside the theatre was an air-raid warden and his family on fire-watch duty. The bomb blew a gaping… Read More


  • Repaired theatre reopens: 23rd December 1950

    Repairs after the bomb damage from 1944 were delayed as homes took priority for rebuilding. The theatre was rebuilt with a few changes from the original plans. The Streatham Hill Theatre eventually reopened on Boxing Day 1950 with… Read More


  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill drops in for a show!

    On 18th August 1952, Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister, made a surprise visit to the Theatre to see D’Oyly Carte’s The Yeomen of the Guard. Despite the secrecy, the stationing of two policemen outside soon aroused curiosity and… Read More


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