Category Archives: Theatre

iC supporters win tickets for Twopence To Cross The Mersey

Congratulations to loyal readers Ethel Corduff and Angus Hewlett, who will be going to the theatre next week accompanied by a friend or partner, all thanks to Inside Croydon. Ethel and Angus both answered the (very) simple question posed in … Continue reading

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Plucky CODA bring The 39 Steps to the stage in Carshalton

CODA, the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, will be staging their new production in Sutton, with The 39 Steps at the CryerArts Centre in Carshalton this November. Using Patrick Barlow’s adaptation from John Buchan’s famous thriller novel and the Hitchcock … Continue reading

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There’s A Bit Of A Do going on in Croydon’s Front Room

There is going to be A Bit of A Do in Croydon later this month. Ahead of Croydon’s turn as London’s Borough of Culture (details of which we await with bated breath), the Drunken Chorus Theatre Company sets out its … Continue reading

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WIN!!! Exclusive competition: Twopence To Cross The Mersey

Inside Croydon is delighted to offer our loyal readers the chance to see a new theatre production coming to the Fairfield Halls next month: the play  Twopence To Cross The Mersey. We have two pairs of stalls tickets – face … Continue reading

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Depression-era drama brings Mersey beat to Ashcroft Theatre

The first national tour of Helen Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey is coming to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls next month. The new touring production of Twopence To Cross The Mersey is produced by Rob Fennah and Lynn McDermott and directed … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival is going back to its roots for return

After a three-year wait, the Crystal Palace Festival is back, on September 17 and 18. The Festival marks its return post-covid by going back to its high street roots, with festival hubs popping up all around the high street area … Continue reading

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CODA’s Old Time Music Hall, Sanderstead, Sep 30-Oct 1

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South Norwood Beer Festival, Stanley Halls, Sep 29-Oct 1

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Youngsters take to the stage to finish summer with a sizzle

CYTO – Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation, based at the Shoestring Theatre in South Norwood – is presenting its Summer Sizzle, a brand-new programme created by artistic director Andrew McPherson and supported by Arts Council England. In just two weeks, two … Continue reading

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Actors achieving greatness in a Coulsdon wooded glade

DRAMA IN THE PARKS: Somewhere under the trees in Old Coulsdon is an Elizabethan rom-com romp. BELLA BARTOCK had it, and herself, covered As I gazed across the fairway at one of Coulsdon Court’s “twilighters” ferreting around in the undergrowth … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s favourite given a night out on the Wandle

DRAMA IN THE PARKS: It’s been a busy week for our veteran arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, as she’s been out and about with the return of local AmDrams’ summer productions, starting with CODA’s Pride and Prejudice Anticipating that getting her … Continue reading

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Wandle Park offers ‘immersive’ theatre at the bandstand

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s beloved classic of wit and romance, the tale of Lizzie Bennet and Mr Darcy, is coming to a bandstand near you this summer, as CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – once again … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night, Coulsdon Manor, from Jul 27 to Aug 6

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Pride and Prejudice, CODA at Wandle Park, Jul 27-30

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Mayor Perry has LOST the plot over latest Allders scheme

Hammerson and Westfield are back in town, only this time they’re offering a bit of artwashing in the disused Allders department store building. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Fabien Riggall, the founder of Secret Cinema, today confirmed Inside Croydon’s report earlier … Continue reading

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Founder of Secret Cinema makes bid to move in to Allders

EXCLUSIVE: The old department store could be about to get a new lease of life with ‘immersive’ performances of movies such as Dirty Dancing, Blade Runner or Guardians of the Galaxy. By STEVEN DOWNES Fabien Riggall, the man who has … Continue reading

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There be dragons in South Norwood Country Park this summer

A dragon has been asleep under the surface of South Norwood Country Park for hundreds of years. It’s been there for so long, a forest has grown up on its back. Now, the dragon guardians are looking for recruits to … Continue reading

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Mayor has weeks to save Fairfield Halls and Borough of Culture

It is symptomatic of BHLive’s lack of real connection with the borough in which they are supposed to manage its largest arts venue that they chose the day of the Croydon local election results to make the announcement of the … Continue reading

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Carshalton’s parks, ponds and pubs offer festival fresh hope

Acts, dates and venues have been released for the first Carshalton Festival, a week of arts and entertainment taking place at venues in and around the parks, ponds and pubs of Carshalton village. The Carshalton Festival runs from Monday, June … Continue reading

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Carshalton Festival 2022, Carshalton Village, Jun 5 to 12

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South Drawood art exhibition, Stanley Halls, from July 29

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Do you have what it takes to play a role alongside Mr Darcy?

CODA are back in town, and are looking for men. Well, three men in particular. CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – is one of the borough’s leading community theatre companies. It is returning to the bandstand in … Continue reading

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Downsview Players present The Thrill Of Love, May 19-21

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Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, Sanderstead, May 12-14

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Bafta-winner Scanlan joins calls for new bosses at arts centre

‘Things are far from perfick at the Fairfield ‘Alls’ says the award-winning actress who plays Ma Larkin, as the campaign to sack BHLive gathers momentum. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Joanna Scanlan, the BAFTA award-winning actress, has called on Croydon Council … Continue reading

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