First opened in 1989, the Towngate Theatre is owned by Basildon District Council and is run by the Council's Cultural Services section.
After a period of partial closure the Towngate re-opened fully in summer 2006 as an important feature of Basildon Council's modern cultural strategy.
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What's On Calendar
Work is continually underway to build up a show calendar which will include shows put together by our own Towngate Promotions, as well as popular, entertaining and occasionally, more cultural and controversial productions brought in from elsewhere. All chosen to appeal to as large a cross section of people as possible. See 'What's On'
Importantly, we continue to be the main venue for many of our nearby performance arts schools and amateur production groups who contribute so importantly to the District's cultural scene.
Altogether we expect there will be a great deal more to look forward to during the coming months and we sincerely hope you'll book your seats for an entertaining Towngate experience. We have a small and dedicated team of staff detemined to make sure all our customers are rewarded with an enjoyable and entertaining visit.
Please bear in mind how easy the Towngate is to find and to reach. We're located in the middle of Basildon town centre, less than 5 minutes walk from the town's bus and rail stations and surrounded by ample car parking, much of which is free after 6.00pm. See route map.
The theatre itself comprises: a main auditorium, a studio theatre, 2 large foyers, 2 bars and catering facilities. All of which can be hired for arts or business purposes. See photos and details in 'Hiring the Towngate'.