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'Surrey's oldest community theatre and the jewel in Oxted's crown'
Oh No, LOCKDOWN 3, we're shut again!
although we are shut, we are involved in an initiative to collect
CAKES FOR KEY WORKERS at
East Surrey, Kingston and St George's Hospitals, the Ambulance Service
and the local District Nursing Service.
May 2024 celebrates 100 years of the Barn Theatre supporting the community of Oxted and Limpsfield and the towns and villages around
Since 1924, when the Barn Theatre first opened to the public, the toilet facilities at the front of house have remained unaltered except for a minor reconfiguration and replacement fittings and decorations some 28 years ago and are small and cramped and generally unsatisfactory, particularly when we have a large show audience, which is very frequently these days.
So, after almost 96 years, the Trustees were planning to address this issue in 2021 and upgrade the facilities. However, during the last year or so, the Trustees have moved further on and the proposal is now to redesign the whole entrance and front of house area to include extending out towards Bluehouse Lane to make room for newly built toilets which will double the present capacity, create a new wheelchair friendly toilet and extend the bar store to house a greater capacity of stock. The immediate entrance lobby will have an open ceiling, lit by a feature window in the apex of the new roof and provide more room for audience to wait for friends etc. The aim is to complete all the works in time for our Centenary in May 2024, hence the project title.
The total cost of these alterations and additions is estimated at close to £300,000 which is a far great amount than we thought when discussing simply upgrading the toilets. It is proposed that the works are staged as we did so successfully for the Barn 2000 extension and the DRIP Project. Phase One would be to get the new toilet blocks in position and weathertight, Phase Two would see these toilets fitted out and brought into action and Phase Three would be the final alterations to the existing toilets and bar store and redecoration and replanning of the counters to the foyer area.
to start construction as soon as we can but this will be dependent on
whether we have raised sufficient monies to complete Phase One by that
time. Fundraising will be ongoing from now and throughout the works and
we would ask for your support in helping to ensure that this project is
able to proceed in a timely manner. If you can help in any way please
or telephone 07802 302025
When we can, we will re-open and will be presenting a number of socially distanced events in our professionally certified COVID-Secure venue.
the situation is very
so please contact the individual hirer or if necessary the office number
(01959 561811) for more information on specific shows.
To ensure everyone visiting the theatre is aware of the arrangements we have made to minimise the infection risk, please see below
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