Broadway Theatre, Catford

The Broadway Theatre (formerly known as the Lewisham Theatre) is a theatre on Rushey Green, Catford, in the London Borough of Lewisham. A grade II listed building, the theatre was built in 1932 and is an example of Art Deco design. The architects were Bradshaw Gass & Hope; the slightly Gothic features were intended to relate to the adjacent Gothic Revival Town Hall which has since been demolished.[1]

Broadway Theatre
The Broadway Theatre
Former namesLewisham Theatre
AddressRushey Green
London, SE6
United Kingdom
Coordinates51.4453°N 0.0205°W / 51.4453; -0.0205
Public transit Catford Bridge
OwnerLondon Borough of Lewisham
DesignationGrade II listed
TypeReceiving house
Capacity800 seated (main)
100 seated (studio theatre)
ProductionCinema, theatre, music and pantomime
Opened1932 (1932)
ArchitectBradshaw Gass & Hope

It has two auditoriums, an 800-seat main theatre and a small 80-seat studio theatre. Its programme consists of a diverse mix of theatre and music, including stand up comedy, nostalgia shows, pantomime, drama and children's theatre. The Broadway Theatre is particularly noted for presenting a wide range of black theatre. Since a refurbishment in 2001, it has also presented a regular programme of films and it is home to the Lewisham Youth Theatre. The Broadway theatre is owned by the London Borough of Lewisham, and is run by its Theatre Manager Carmel O'Connor.

Broadway Studio

The Broadway's Studio Theatre runs a continuous programme of productions featuring professional actors and directors. Since 2001's production of Ben Elton's Popcorn the studio has hosted numerous productions including Cabaret, Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange and their critically acclaimed take on Frank McGuinness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.[2]


  1. Theatre History Archived September 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine accessed 18 September 2007
  2. News Shopper review Archived November 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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