Harlow Playhouse

  • About
    Harlow has an impressive history as far as the arts are concerned, stretching right back to the town's beginnings. Long before The Playhouse was opened, there were numerous local groups covering all aspects of the arts, especially drama. At one time, over 15 drama groups were operating in Harlow, and the competition between them meant that standards became extremely high - so high, in fact, that Harlow companies regularly took the main awards at the annual British Drama League Festivals. Music also has always been very important in Harlow - the Alberni String Quartet were the town's own professional musicians-in-residence and are now world-famous, while groups like Harlow Chorus and Netteswell Band continue to live up to their reputation for excellence. Dance, particularly ballet, has had a strong presence in Harlow since Leo Kersley established the town's first ballet school in 1959.

    The Playhouse was the result of a long campaign for a proper venue for all the performing arts. In November 1957, a Theatre Working Party was set up by local theatrical figures, but it wasn't until April 1970 that the foundation stone for The Playhouse was finally laid by Jennie Lee, then Minister for the Arts. The theatre was to be a service of Harlow Council, as it still is today, and the building of it was to be funded by a number of bodies, including Harlow Development Corporation, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Film Institute and Essex County Council. The first Box Office (a hut which stood where the shop Iceland is now) opened in June 1971, and The Playhouse itself finally opened on 1st November 1971 with a Gala Show starring the young Scottish entertainer, Lulu.
  • Built in
    1959
  • Capacity
    412
  • Address
    Playhouse Square
    Harlow
    Essex
    CM20 1LS
  • Booking Contact
    01279 446760
  • Tech Contact
    01279 446760

Connected Mandy members:

Kevin James
Kevin James
Actor
2017, Peter Pan
Captain Hook
Isabelle Hines
Isabelle Hines
Child Actor
2017, Peter Pan
Lost Boy - Twin Two
Mark Webber
Mark Webber
Sound Designer
2017, Peter Pan
Musical Director
Kayley Amber
Kayley Amber
Actor
2017, Oliver!
Mrs Bedwin/Principal Dancer
Alexandra Farrow
Alexandra Farrow
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Oliver
DSM
Lee Ellaway
Lee Ellaway
Producer
2017, Made Up The Musical
Director & Producer
Nick Burdett
Nick Burdett
Actor
2017, Hairspray
Link Larkin
Matt Masson BSc Hons
Matt Masson BSc Hons
Sound Engineer
2017, Full Time
Deputy Theatre Technician
Hayley Thornton
2017, Dorothy Lawrence
Dorothy Lawrence
Carly Godfrey-Bridger
2017, Cracked
Writer
Kevin James
Kevin James
Actor
2017, Beauty And The Beast
Will Shakespeare
James McHugh
James McHugh
Dancer
2017, Beauty and the Beast
Father Christmas/ Donald Trump/ Huggie/ Ensemble
Lee Ellaway
Lee Ellaway
Producer
2017, Beauty & The Beast
Young Cast Management
Georgia Lewis-smith
Georgia Lewis-smith
Stage Manager
2017, Beauty & The Beast
Deputy Stage Manager
Mark Webber
Mark Webber
Sound Designer
2016, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Sound Designer
Leanne James
Leanne James
Wardrobe Supervisor
2016, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
Wardrobe Supervisor
Marisa Ferguson
Marisa Ferguson
Deputy Stage Manager
2016, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Deputy Stage Manager
Geraldine Ramsay
Geraldine Ramsay
Lighting Technician
2016, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Lighting operator
Amanda Swift
Amanda Swift
Actor
2016, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Wicked Queen
Lee Ellaway
Lee Ellaway
Producer
2016, Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs
Young Cast Management