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Culture deals with covid-19 without making a song and dance

The sense of doom and gloom caused by the covid-19 pandemic had well and truly taken hold of London by the middle of last week. There was a dark humour about the place reflected by the public address system at … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls director quits less than six months after opening

EXCLUSIVE: A £42.6m white elephant without its mahout? Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports on the most dramatic of exits from the Fairfield Halls Neil Chandler has left the building. The Fairfield Halls’ venue and artistic director has left his … Continue reading

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Newman fails to deny that Fairfield Halls bill has reached £60m

The refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls could end up costing Croydon’s Council Tax-payers £60million – or even more. And there are fears within the town’s arts circles that BH Live, the events and management firm brought in by venue owners … Continue reading

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‘Overnight sensation’ Kojo Anim is coming to Ashcroft Theatre

Kojo Anim, the comedy star “discovered” by Britain’s Got Talent after spending just 20 years playing the club and stand-up circuit, is booked to perform at the Ashcroft Theatre at the end of next month as part of his first … Continue reading

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Oscar-winning musical makes uncertain steps on the stage

They’ve had Angela’s Ashes – The Musical, and the traditional panto has returned (Oh yes it has) as the Fairfield Halls tries to re-establish its creative credentials after the theatre was dark for three years. So how does Once, the … Continue reading

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‘I paid £45 to see Dame Judi, and this is the view I had’

The management of the Fairfield Halls is facing having to make thousands of pounds-worth of refunds after the latest nuclear weapons-grade balls-up connected to the re-opening of the venue this week. Our loyal reader has been in touch, desperately disappointed … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Ashcroft Theatre is sign of commonsense

Our arts critic, BELLA BARTOCK, on how pointless meddling with an established venue’s name could be a cause of marketing confusion There’s been something of a victory for commonsense, for the views of local councillors and, it has to be … Continue reading

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Will long-delayed Fairfield Halls re-open on time? ‘It’s got to’

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, donned a hi-viz jacket and hard hat to check on the progress being made on the £41million-plus project on the borough’s arts centre, where the first month’s programme runs from royalty to Redknapp No expense … Continue reading

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Who’d pay £50 to see Barry from accounts as Max Bialystock?

It may be more than a year late in re-opening, and is at least £11million over budget, but that hasn’t stopped the operators at the Fairfield Halls from continuing to pursue their pointless exercise of re-naming the Ashcroft Theatre. Workmen … Continue reading

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You can help CODA produce a return to the Ashcroft Theatre

After a seven-year absence, Croydon’s foremost AmDram group is preparing for a return to the Fairfield Halls when the council-owned arts venue re-opens in September after a £41million-plus refurbishment. And CODA wants you to be part of their week-long run … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls chief tells councillors not to ask questions

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the manager hired to run the Fairfield Halls won’t tolerate questions about the venue from the borough’s elected representatives Neil Chandler, the former cruise ship entertainments officer who has been placed in charge … Continue reading

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Now Fairfield operators want to re-name the Ashcroft Theatre

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on the latest piece of meddling going on around the much-delayed arts venue’s refurbishment Neil Chandler, the former cruise ship entertainments officer who has been placed in charge of the Fairfield Halls’ artistic programme has … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls: progress being made, but still no opening date

The London Open House weekend gave Croydon residents a chance to peek inside the workings of the £30million refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls. Already months late for completion, and with suggestions that it is also running over-budget, plans for performances … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls ‘Grand Re-opening Gala’ date set for June 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK on the latest delay to the borough’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ plans The Fairfield Halls’ “Grand Re-opening Gala”, to be staged in the Concert Hall in the presence of the Earl of Wessex, won’t be taking place … Continue reading

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Delayed Fairfield Halls now won’t fully open until March 2019

A cabinet report ahead of Monday night’s meeting has revealed that the Fairfield Halls now won’t be ready to open fully until the end of March 2019 – a full nine months later than promised. The Halls closed for a … Continue reading

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Fairfield manager wanted. Must be able to cope with council

BH Live, the Dorset-based conference and events venue managers who have been appointed to operator the Fairfield Halls, are recruiting for general manager. The daunting job spec is similarly demanding to that which the Football Association put out when looking … Continue reading

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‘Residents will be thrilled’ after Fairfield Halls’ £30m refit

A year since its closure, and there’s no perceptible signs outside the Fairfield Halls of much in the way of progress in its £30million redevelopment project. But Timothy Godfrey, the council’s cabinet member for arts and culture, says that, with … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls CEO was paid in full prior to administration

The financial collapse of the charitable body which managed the Fairfield Halls did not prevent its chief executive, Simon Thomsett, receiving his salary payments in full right up to last Friday. Thomsett, who had worked at Fairfield Halls for six … Continue reading

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Done deal: Fairfield Halls £30m redevelopment starts in July

The Fairfield Halls will close this summer to undergo a £30 million redevelopment, after the venue’s managment board finally agreed to the investment scheme proposed by the Halls’ owners, Croydon Council. The council’s plans – based on a secret consultants’ … Continue reading

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Ex-EastEnder makes song and dance of it at Ashcroft Theatre

Cheryl Fergison will star in the world premiere of Carnival Dreams – The Musical at the Ashcroft Theatre from Wednesday this week until to Saturday, February 6. Being a theatre show staged at the Fairfield Halls, the posters inevitably mention … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls staff still left waiting for talks with management

Plans to redevelop the Fairfield Halls are expected to be submitted formally for approval later this week, Inside Croydon understands. But with the borough’s biggest arts venue set to close this summer for a two-year, £30-million refit, the Fairfield Halls … Continue reading

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It is the Fairfield Halls’ last ever panto! Oh no it isn’t…

OPENING NIGHT: The uncertainty over the immediate future of the Fairfield Halls saw DIANA ECCLESTON receiving mixed messages about the 2016 Croydon panto during the course of the opening night of the 2015 show I’ve been going to pantomimes at … Continue reading

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Younger Generation Theatre Group 2016 auditions

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Tenors Unlimited turn on the style at Ashcroft Theatre

The trio Tenors Unlimited will be performing their show Show the Suit Who’s Boss at the Ashcroft Theatre on Friday July 3. Scott Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharples will be performing crooner and pop favourites such as Volare, Can’t … Continue reading

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Overwhelming verdict in favour of Twelve Angry Men

DIANA ECCLESTON reviews the stage classic’s latest, riveting production, performed by Jason Merrells and a top cast at the Ashcroft Theatre this week Written in the 1950s. American. You might be forgiven for thinking that Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men … Continue reading

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