The Broadway (theatre)

The Broadway is a performance venue in Barking town centre. The building was previously[1] a 'municipal hall' known as Barking Assembly Hall, forming part of Barking Town Hall.

The Broadway
The Broadway Theatre
Barking, London.
Coordinates51.5355°N 0.0777°E / 51.5355; 0.0777
Public transit Barking
OwnerBarking & Dagenham College
TypeReceiving house
Capacity341 seated on two levels
(840 standing)
Opened1936 (renovated 2004)
ArchitectHerbert Jackson & Reginald Edmonds. Tim Foster Architects (2004 regeneration)

It is now an arts centre and auditorium with a seated capacity of 341, designed by Tim Foster Architects.[2] The venue is managed by Barking & Dagenham College and aims to improve access to arts facilities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the surrounding areas of east London. The Broadway is also home to Barking & Dagenham College's Performing Arts School.

In 1971, the renowned Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young recorded two tracks from Harvest, his best selling and most famous album, at the Broadway when it was known as Barking Assembly Hall (but is credited as Barking Town Hall on the album notes.) Young recorded these two tracks "A Man Needs a Maid" and "There's a World" for his Harvest album in Barking[3] with Jack Nitzsche and the London Symphony Orchestra. in March 1971. The album was released on 1 February 1972.


  1. Barnett, Adam. "Post Memories: Barking Broadway's life as a bomb shelter". Barking and Dagenham Post. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. "BROADWAY THEATRE GETS OK". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  3. "Classic Album: Neil Young - Harvest". Long Live Vinyl. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
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