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Waltham Forest Theatre

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Current state
  • Current use
    Demolished (closed and demolished as part of park refurbishment)
  • Address
    Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Waltham Forest, London, E17 4PP, England


The Waltham Forest Theatre was constructed in 1937, on an island site within Lloyd Park. The use of the theatre included performance, exhibitions and large scale workshops, and from 1981 played host to the annual Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre. The theatre seated around 300 and accommodated a large number of community groups in the Southern end of the Borough of Waltham Forest. The Council closed the theatre in 2007 due to maintenance costs (largely as a result of repeated vandalism). An Arts and Performance Needs Assessment was undertaken by consultants in March 2007 on behalf of the Council which advised that there was a need for theatre in the area and best option was to refurbish the existing theatre. A local Action Group, The Save Waltham Forest Theatre was set up to save the building in February 2008. A successful Heritage Lottery Fund grant allowed the Council to plan major refurbishment and restoration of Lloyd Park, plans which included the demolition of the theatre, and replacement with an occasional (twenty dates per year) open air space on the island. Demolition consent was granted, and the theatre was demolished in August 2011, as part of the HLF project. The park reopened in July 2012, and the performance space will follow.

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  • Events
    • 1937 Design/Construction:
    • 2011 Demolition: demolished as part of the Lloyd Park refurbishment.
  • Capacities
    • Original: c.300
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed

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Exterior of Stockport Plaza, showing façade and side wall, December 2009
Plaza (Stockport)

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