Beck Theatre

Beck Theatre

Located in Hillingdon, the second largest borough in London, Beck Theatre has something in store for everyone.

The community theatre, founded in 1977, hosts 600 seats a range of programmes, from musicals, drama and dance to comedy, shows for young ones and films.

Whether it’s your first visit alone, or one of many with family and friends, we are sure there is something that’ll captivate you at Beck Theatre.

Inside the theatre

After going through the main entrance, you’ll find yourself in the theatre’s foyer, giving you level access to the patio, coffee shop and bar. The auditorium has ramp corridor access on the sides of the Bar and Box Office.

As you find your seat, you may get a familiar feeling. A major portion of the seating follows a conventional raked amphitheatre style where the sloping seating faces the stage making a curve.

Beck theatre is designed to ensure that every visitor can have an amazing experience. An Induction Loop System highlights the auditorium’s hearing technology, which matches the sound using a magnetic field and is great help for those with hearing aids.

If you want visual assistance, the theatre can arrange a pre-performance tour of the set and stage for patrons, either in small groups or individuals.

History of Beck Theatre

Since its creation in 1977, the theatre has gone through many trials and tribulations throughout its lifetime.

After a shortage in funding in 1984, the theatre’s future was in jeopardy until it was secured by a local petition. It was taken over by Charles Vance and then was managed by several different companies throughout the following years. Starting and ending with Hetherington Seelig with two other companies in management from 1992-2006. Currently the venue is ran by the company on behalf of the local council.

The Beck was the location for a bombing attempt by the IRA in 1991, which took place right before the Blues and Royals band was due to perform.

The theatre’s history isn’t all bad though. Throughout the years many famous stars have performed here. The Osmonds, Jimmy Carr, Frank Carson, Danny La Rue and Hinge and Brackett, to name a few.

An Award-Winning Theatre

This large, community-focused theatre cost founder and councillor Alfred Beck a whopping £2.5 million to build but has won a lot in return. In 1978, it featured in a list of buildings chosen for the Royal Institute of British Architects London Legion award.

Later in 2004, the venue’s resources for the elderly and disabled won it an Access Award from Hillingdon Council.

If that isn’t enough for you, after your show stop for a visit to the award-winning botanical park next to the theatre, the Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens, another place you might love to visit.

Beck Theatre,
The Beck Theatre,
Grange Road,
Greater London UB3 2UE

free parking, toilets