The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse

The Playhouse was originally part of the Hepworth Film Studios and later turned into a theatre in 1924 after the studios closed. The building was bequeathed by cinema pioneer Cecil Hepworth for the benefit of local dramatic societies.

The Playhouse was extensively refurbished by Elmbridge Borough Council in 2012 (BBC, 2012) and renamed the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse.

Today the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse is the most prominent arts venue in Walton-on-Thames with distinctive 1920's features. It is available for public and private hire and equipped for professional theatrical, dance and music productions. Facilities include: box office; large stage; large main hall; professional lighting and sound system; orchestra pit; lounge/bar area; three changing/dressing rooms; separate toilets for performers and guests.

The capacity of the venue is as follows: with chairs only - 150 people with raised seating - 90 and 84 individual chairs.

The venue has parking capacity for 20 cars with additional parking available at The Heart car park (until midnight) and Drewitt's Court (opposite Sainsbury's - 24 hours).

For more information visit about the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse in Walton-on-Thames visit: http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/leisure/Hallsforhire/playhouse.htm

References: 

BBC (2012). Retrieved from the BBC News Surrey website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-16576487