This vibrant 113-seat theatre was established in 1938 on its present site which was converted from an old Victorian bakery.
The theatre is run as a membership club and limited company, managed by a Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the general running of the theatre and for the artistic standards.
ln addition to the Board, there is a Playgoers’ Committee, representing and elected by the members. This committee is responsible for the running of the bar, coffee bar and front-of-house aspects in general.
BLT receives no external financial support and derives its income solely from membership fees and profits from productions. It is, therefore, vital that our membership continues to grow and our productions achieve maximum audience levels in order to sustain our existence.
BLT presents eleven full-length plays a year; one a month, with the exception of August, when essential works and maintenance of the theatre is undergone. Each production begins at 7.45pm and covers an extensive eight-night run, commencing always on a Friday (with no performance on Sunday).
Our purpose is to present the best of contemporary dramas, comedies, thrillers, farces, musical productions as well as the classics. We also aim to present occasional new plays which our members may not normally have the opportunity to see. ln recent years, BLT has given a number of plays their premiere production in the UK.
We are always keen to attract new people to take part in our productions and BLT offers a wide-range of opportunities for acting, costume, lighting & sound design / operation as well as set design and construction. With eleven productions a year, there is plenty of scope for involvement in all aspects of theatre production and management.
Bromley Little Theatre has undergone many improvements over the past decade in order to create a more comfortable and enjoyable venue for our patrons. Our latest improvements have been the installation of a lift for those who find the stairs difficult to manage, improved heating and air conditioning in the auditorium, which makes our Summer productions more comfortable. In time, we hope to offer facilities to accommodate wheelchairs and we are currently raising funds to convert and improve our toilet facilities (some of which was completed last August).
In 2004 the BLT 401 Club Prize Draw was launched and in its first year of operation had successfully raised almost £2,000 which was put towards the cost of installing the lift. In the course of that year, nearly £2,000 was also given away in prize money to 401 Club members!
BLT is in a fairly unique position within the UK's amateur theatre world, in respect that it has its own fully-equipped theatre complete with sound & lighting systems. Add to this the versatile staging area, a 113-seat / 12-row auditorium (with flip-up West End-style seating), and you will find yourself left with an extremely wide scope for performing a variety of events and productions.
The lighting system consists of 8 dimmer units each with 6/12 outlets. These connect to a patch board containing 84 circuits which supply the lighting points on lighting bars in front and above the stage. Control for these is from computer lighting desks.
Music and sound effects are controlled from the sound box, which contains mixers, CD & Mini-Disc players. From here, sounds & effects can be played to various parts of the stage, auditorium as well as the rest of the theatre. The sound box also controls the Audio-Loop for people using hearing aids.