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Programmes delivered from Australia!

We recently received a message from John Flower, offering programmes his father had collected. John has hand delivered them to us while visiting England. Thank you John!

There’s a full list of performances at Streatham Hill Theatre, and the programmes we hold, in our published document.


I have sixteen original programmes from 1936-1939 productions at the Streatham Hill Theatre. They belonged to my father who, in his 20s, drove to Streatham to see these plays.

I have kept them along with other programmes from shows my father saw at other London theatres also in the 1930s and 1950s. Rather than throw them out I felt it would be better to return them to whence they came.

My father drove to Streatham from Farnborough (Orpington) where he was born and lived until 1935, when the family moved to Tonbridge.

I do remember when, as children we drove to London, my father knew all the roads and Leigham Court Road was always mentioned. Looking at Google maps I now see how easy it would have been to drive from Farnborough to Streatham.

The programmes brought me great pleasure as I realised how many top productions and actors Dad saw. 

He went on to act in and produce plays for the Tonbridge Theatre and Arts Club, now known as the Oast Theatre, but sadly died aged 62 in 1976 and I never had the chance to talk to him about all those productions he saw.”

Campaign Meeting Wednesday 1st May 2024

Our online meeting will be on Wednesday 1st May at 8pm. Register via our events page.

Shakespeare at Streatham Hill Theatre

From the schedule at the back of the John Cresswell book about the theatre, we have identified 7 Shakespeare plays as having been put on there in total. While there were three in 1932, there were none at all after September 1938. During the war years the theatre put on very light fare, but it’s a shame that there were no productions after the re-opening in 1950: a reflection of changing tastes perhaps.

Shakespeare himself “appears” at the theatre on the end plates of the seating rows:

Photo from Historic England.

Othello – July 1930

Paul Robeson, claimed to be the first black actor to play the title role on the London stage (although in the early 19th century black actor Ira Aldridge performed the role in London, but has largely been omitted from history).
Croydon–born Peggy Ashcroft as Desdemona.
Also: Sybil Thorndike, Ralph Richardson, Alastair Sim, Andrew Cruikshank.

Julius Caesar – April 1932

A very lavish, Victorian-style production.

Merchant of Venice – May 1932

Ernest Milton as Shylock.

Twelfth Night – September 1932

Costumes and sets in black, white, silver. Much use of music.

Hamlet – April 1935

Definitive production.
John Gielgud in title role.
Jessica Tandy as Ophelia.
Alec Guinness as Osric – a role for which he was much praised, and acclaimed as definitive.

Romeo and Juliet – April 1936

John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft.

Midsummer Night’s Dream – September 1938

No details currently available.

Plus – Shakespeare Plays: Bingo! – July 2016

In July 2016, commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary of his death, Streatham Theatre Company presented scenes from the above plays, plus Macbeth, as part of a promenade tour of the theatre, for the Streatham Festival that year.

Campaign Meeting Wednesday 6th March 2024

Our online meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March at 8pm. Register via our events page.

Theatres Trust considers theatre still at risk in 2024 📺

Streatham Hill Theatre remains at risk in the 2024 At Risk Register maintained by Theatres Trust.

“We have just published our annual list of theatres under threat of permanent closure, redevelopment, or demolition across the UK. This year’s Theatres at Risk Register consists of 39 theatres, which all have strong architectural merit, cultural heritage or value to the local community as performance venues. See the full Theatres at Risk list.”

Theatres Trust
The Launch Event recording on YouTube

Theatres Trust has updated their assessment of the theatre, recognising recent changes of ownership and ACV status.

Nominate the Friends in a £1000 Charity Draw


You can help us by nominating the Friends for this charity draw to win £1000, which could, for example, help us fund our campaign or contribute to our archive programme.

The Benefact Group, does financial services differently – we give all available profits to charity and good causes. Movement for Good is our annual programme of giving that anyone can get involved in, and again this year we’ll be donating over £1 million to charities and good causes nominated by you.”

How it works:

  • Nominations are accepted between Jan 1st 2024 – 19 Dec 2024.
  • During this time anyone can nominate their favourite charity or charities for an award of £1,000 – it’s one nomination per charity, per person.
  • You can nominate a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation or community interest company in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. Click here to see the full terms and conditions.
  • There are six £1,000 draws in 2024, so the earlier you nominate, the more chances your charity has of being drawn.
  • Once you’ve nominated, your charity will be included in all the remaining £1,000 draws in 2024.
  • The more nominations a charity gets, the better their chances of being drawn, so once you’ve nominated please share with your network.
  • Please note: Nominations from previous years do not roll over.

Nominate us here

  • Search for “The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre” and it should find:
  • Select “Heritage Arts” as the Charity Type
  • Enter your name and details
  • Click on the big green Nominate button

First Campaign Meeting of 2024

Our first online meeting of 2024 will be on Wednesday 10th January at 8pm. Register via our events page.

Asset of Community Value status awarded again

Back in 2018, Lambeth Council approved (PDF) our nomination (PDF) of Streatham Hill Theatre as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), confirmed (PDF) in early 2019 after a review requested (PDF) by the owners and our flashmob demonstration.

The original ACV expired in July 2023 and The Friends applied for a second term, which has just been approved by Lambeth in December 2023, and will last five years. There is a chance that the owners may raise an objection, but if so we will respond.

ACV status gives the community a chance to acquire the property should the owners want to sell, subject to some exceptions.

Send a free Ecard from Streatham Hill Theatre

Let us help ease your Christmas pressure – simply send everyone you know one of our Ecards. The selection includes classic pantomimes and views of the beautiful theatre.

Just make your selection here. Sending an ecard is free, but you are always welcome to make a donation in support of our campaign!

Timeline document for Streatham Hill Theatre

The Friends have published a Timeline for Streatham Hill Theatre, now available on our Publications page.


The document is a summary of Streatham Hill Theatre’s history from its inception to the current day. It includes many of its key events, and its current status and ongoing concerns. It contains links to sources of background detail.

This document will be kept up to date as appropriate.