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New Wimbledon Theatre

  • Theatre ID
    2036
  • Built / Converted
    1910
  • Dates of use
    • 1910: continuing
  • Current state
    Extant
  • Current use
    Theatre
  • Address
    The Broadway, Wimbledon, Merton, London, SW19 1QG, England
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Details

The Masey and Young theatre may possibly have been developed from a 1908 design by Frank H Jones. On a prominent corner site, it is a real landmark in Wimbledon. Brick and stone façe, the outer bays differently treated but both with open pediments over lunettes. Recessed concave corner containing a projecting entrance above which is an octagonal Baroque tower with dome, and prominent lantern topped by a globe and winged figure, the figure itself reinstated in early 1992 after wartime loss. Good entrance foyer with Corinthian columns. The impressive and well-decorated three-balconied auditorium with iron balustraded fronts is of a type most unusual in Britain (compare in London only the Playhouse) but common in Spain and Portugal. Two tiers of bow-fronted boxes framed by giant marble Corinthian columns supporting entablature blocks and Baroque segmental broken pediments. Segmental proscenium arch set in a deep recess spanned by an arched sounding board. Boldly modelled reclining figures in the spandrel panels over. Shallow, semi-domed ceiling with painted allegorical panels. Ill-advised alterations to the gallery tiering in 1991 resulted in massively over-prominent guard rails and terrible sightlines. There errors were corrected in the 1998 works which also involved the complete rebuilding of the dressing room block, major improvements to the stage, installation of a orchestra lift and other improvements. Since 1994 the main house has also been supported by the 80-seat Studio Theatre - originally an Edwardian ballroom, it was later used as a dance school until its conversion to theatre use by Attic Theatre Company.


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Stage from 'the gods', New Wimbledon Theatre, 2008
© Tim Foster Architects

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Stage left and auditorium from upper circle, New Wimbledon Theatre, 2008
© Tim Foster Architects


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Auditorium from stage, New Wimbledon Theatre, 2008
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Stage left and boxes from stalls, New Wimbledon Theatre, 2008
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Auditorium from stage, New Wimbledon Theatre, 2008
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Proscenium and stage, New Wimbledon Theatre, 2008
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  • Other names
    Wimbledon Theatre
  • Events
    • Owner/Management: Built for J B Mulholland
    • 1910 Use: continuing
    • 1910 Design/Construction:
      • Cecil Masey & Roy Young - Architect
    • 1968 Alteration: partially refurbished and redecorated (architect unknown).
    • 1968 Owner/Management: Acquired by London Borough of Merton
    • 1991 Alteration: altered internally, including re-tiering gallery; shop fronts altered; statue over dome reinstated.
      • Borough Architect - Architect
    • 1992 Alteration: interior redecorated.
      • RHWL - Architect
    • 1998 Alteration: major improvements.
      • Christodolou Marshall (CMA) - Architect
    • 2003 Owner/Management: ATG, management
  • Capacities
    • Original: ‘about 3000’
    • Later: 1970: 1700 1998: 1665
    • Current: 1670
  • Listings
    • Grade II
  • Stage type
    • Proscenium Raked
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: Depth: 12.19m (40ft)
    • Proscenium width: 10.36m (34ft)
    • Height to grid: 15.55m (52ft)
    • Orchestra pit: Flexible

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