South London Theatre

The South London Theatre is a Community theatre housed in a Grade II listed former fire station, in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.wikipedia
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The South London Theatre is a Community theatre housed in a Grade II listed former fire station, in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.
Local landmarks such as St Luke's Church, the late Victorian fire station (now the South London Theatre) on Norwood High Street, by the architect Robert Pearsall., The early 20th-century former fire station at Norwood Road and the original public library at Knights Hill are Grade II listed buildings.

London Borough of Lambeth

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The South London Theatre is a Community theatre housed in a Grade II listed former fire station, in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.

Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain

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The South London Theatre is a member of the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain.

Robert Pearsall (architect)

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The Gothic revival style former fire station was probably designed by the architect Robert Pearsall at the Metropolitan Board of Works Architect's Department and was built in 1881.

Owen Luder

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The original design for the conversion to a theatre was by Owen Luder (later to become President of the Royal Institute of British Architects on two occasions).
Luder also designed the conversion of a Victorian fire station into the South London Theatre in 1967.

Community theatre

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The South London Theatre is a Community theatre housed in a Grade II listed former fire station, in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.

Listed building

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The South London Theatre is a Community theatre housed in a Grade II listed former fire station, in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.

Fire station

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The South London Theatre is a Community theatre housed in a Grade II listed former fire station, in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.

Theatre

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The first play opened in October 1967, and it is now a busy theatrical venue, presenting more than 22 shows annually in its theatre space, which was remodelled during refurbishment of the Old Fire Station during the period 2015–2018.

Basement

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The theatre facilities also consist of two dedicated rehearsal spaces, an entire floor of wardrobe rooms and a private basement bar, open Sunday to Friday evenings to audiences and members and which plays host to regular social events.

Academic term

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Additionally, there is an active youth group (known as the "SLT Youth Theatre") offering classes for young people aged 7–18yrs, on Saturdays during term time.

Gothic Revival architecture

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The Gothic revival style former fire station was probably designed by the architect Robert Pearsall at the Metropolitan Board of Works Architect's Department and was built in 1881.

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The Gothic revival style former fire station was probably designed by the architect Robert Pearsall at the Metropolitan Board of Works Architect's Department and was built in 1881.

St Luke's Church, West Norwood

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Between 1917 and 1967, the building was used mainly as a Church Hall for the neighbouring St Lukes Church.

Royal Institute of British Architects

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The original design for the conversion to a theatre was by Owen Luder (later to become President of the Royal Institute of British Architects on two occasions).

Proscenium

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The original theatre was traditional proscenium arch in style, with a fly loft requiring the removal of a floor in part of the first storey.

Fly system

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The original theatre was traditional proscenium arch in style, with a fly loft requiring the removal of a floor in part of the first storey.

Rake (angle)

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The auditorium had raked seating with a capacity of just under 100.

Open House London

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South London Theatre participates each September in Open House London in order to open to the public for tours.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Funds including a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant were secured in 2014 to refurbish the building, making it fully accessible and restoring much of the Victorian character; opening its original main front doors for the first time in 100 years.

Accessibility

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Funds including a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant were secured in 2014 to refurbish the building, making it fully accessible and restoring much of the Victorian character; opening its original main front doors for the first time in 100 years.

Black box theater

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In April 2018, the first production was staged in the new and enlarged black box theatre, as the South London Theatre community was returned to West Norwood and the building reopened.

Fred Ridgeway

When Ridgeway returned to Britain, living in Chislehurst, he was active in amateur dramatics, performing with the South London Theatre in West Norwood and the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre in Crayford, Kent.