The first season of a multi-million pound regenerated event space has announced its first season lineup.
Fairfield Halls in Croydon will be one of the UK’s largest art centres when it opens on September 16 after its makeover, funded by Croydon council.
The first season will run from September 2019 until March 2020, and includes a mix of theatre, music, comedy and family entertainment in the new 809-seat Ashcroft Playhouse, and the 1,802-seat Phoenix Concert Hall.
Other new spaces across the building include the Arnhem Foyer – an community hub with a free programme of events and exhibitions, and new spaces including the 750-capacity standing live music venue, The Recreational.
Fairfield Halls will be at the heart of Croydon’s new cultural quarter, with Talawa, the UK’s primary black-led touring theatre company, and the award-winning and inclusive Savvy Theatre Company, both becoming companies in residence at the venue.
The venue will formally open on Monday, September 16, with the CODA community production of The Producers musical in the Ashcroft Theatre on Tuesday, September 17.
The gala opening concert with resident orchestra London Mozart Players takes place in the Phoenix Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 18.
And An Audience with Janet Street Porter on Friday, September 20 is the first in a series of free lunchtime talks in the Arnhem Foyer hosted by Iain Dale with guests including Max Hastings, Jenni Murray and John Humphreys.
The full listings of the Fairfield Halls’ first season lineup can be found at http://www.fairfield.co.uk/