Trafalgar Entertainment gearing up to purchase Churchill Theatre to facilitate upgrades

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Churchill Theatre, in the London borough of Bromley, is facing a major upgrade thanks to a potential deal with Bromley Council and Trafalgar Entertainment, the current operator of the venue. 

The current building houses both the Churchill Theatre and Bromley Central Library, and was constructed in the 1970s with an intended lifespan of roughly 50 years. A number of elements of the building and building fabric are nearing the end of their life, meaning a significant revamp is necessary.

It is planned that Bromley Central Library will be moved to a new location on the high street, while private discussions have been taking place with Trafalgar Entertainment over the possibility of the ownership of the building being transferred to the company. This would be done in order to enable the theatre to be upgraded and to secure its long-term future.

“The plans being brought forward present a wonderful opportunity to enhance Bromley Town Centre and ensure a sustainable future for two of its most cherished assets,” said Councillor Yvonne Bear.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners over the coming months to bring our discussions to fruition.”

Bear added: “If I could make one point particularly clear for now, it is that the Theatre will be remaining ‘open for business’ and I would urge The Churchill’s army of loyal supporters to keep booking tickets.”

Helen Enright, chief executive of Trafalgar Theatres, said: “We remain committed to preserving and improving the Churchill Theatre for the benefit of all residents in Bromley and beyond. We have an exciting programme of shows planned for the theatre, including our enduringly popular Christmas pantomime production of Cinderella in December.

“I welcome the collaborative discussions we have been having with the Council, as we jointly recognise the need for investment in this ever-popular theatre venue. An improved theatre would enhance the customer experience and enable us to continue to bring high quality shows to Bromley for the benefit of local residents.”

The future of both the Churchill Theatre and the library will be discussed at the October meeting of the Council’s Executive Committee.