Standing proudly on Wimbledon Broadway since December 26th 1910, Wimbledon Theatre has been the heart of the community for over 100 years.
With stars such as Sir Ian Mckellen, Brian Blessed and Eddie Izzard gracing its stage, it has been an extremely popular theatre to perform in amongst the great stars of many a generation. It even hosted royalty for Prince Charles’ 60th birthday party in 2008, with the late, great Robin Williams keeping the audience in hysterics.
In 2003, the Ambassador Theatre Group purchased the theatre, adding it to its vast collection of theatres throughout Theatre Land and the rest of the United Kingdom. The word ‘New’ was also added to its title and henceforth the theatre would be known as ‘The New Wimbledon Theatre’.
New Wimbledon Theatre, with its distinctive setting and beautiful architecture, is not only a fantastic venue for live entertainment, but is also a great platform for the business community.
The recently launched Comedy Club remains a hot ticket with the likes of Russell Kane & Phil Jupitus appearing in recent weeks.
As a Premier Member, the theatre has found that through their membership with Merton Chamber of Commerce, they have made many valuable connections. Extending their outreach beyond the general public, they have been able to forge new connections with local charities, schools and even the public sector.
Showing their dedication to making sure that they understand and realise their role in the local and wider community, New Wimbledon Theatre hold a Consultation Board. The board is comprised of individuals whose combined passion, knowledge and experience of live entertainment, access to the arts, the community of Wimbledon, and good business practice, serve to enhance the impact New Wimbledon Theatre has on the wider business community. This in turn supports the early evening and night time local economy in Merton, and builds on the reputation and strength of the borough’s 106 year old theatre.
Its facilities are available to hire for corporate events and many a business has benefited from these unique surroundings for their conferences and private business functions. Recently they played host to a Merton Chamber event for the sponsors of the Merton Best Business Awards, and a plethora of local businesses were able to see first hand what type of event they themselves could hold at this iconic venue.
Alongside the main 1,610 seat theatre is the intimate Studio theatre. The Studio will open as a cinema in the coming weeks, full surround sound digital facilities are being installed along with new retractable seating; a very exciting project. The Studio, with its retractable seating will begin to host dinner theatre as of June 21st. In association with a local caterer (Julia’s Kitchen) the venue is offering a fabulous three course dinner plus The Faulty Towers Dining Experience, The Wedding Reception, ‘Allo ‘Allo Dinner Theatre and two Opera nights.
To find out more about how your business could benefit from connections with New Wimbledon Theatre, contact Neil Chandler, General Manager 020 8545 7901