Beck Theatre
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Beck Theatre

The Beck Theatre is a 600-seat theatre in Hayes, in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It was built in 1977 at a cost of £2.5 million.

Type

The Beck is a community theatre, offering one-night concerts, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, children's shows, films, opera, pantomime, and a children's summer project.

History

The Beck Theatre was built in 1977 by Hillingdon Borough Council, with a bequest from Councillor Alfred Beck. It was purpose-built as a community-focused theatre, and is set in a parkland aspect adjoining a botanical garden (the Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens).

The Beck was one of forty buildings considered for the Royal Institute of British Architects London region award in 1978, and in 2004 won an Access Award from Hillingdon Council for its resources for disabled and elderly people.

A fund shortage threatened the theatre's future in 1984, when it was saved by a local petition. It was taken over in 1986 by impresario Charles Vance. The management contract passed then to Hetherington Seelig, followed by Apollo Leisure in 1992 (later bought out by Clear Channel Entertainment). In 2006, the Beck reverted to Hetherington Seelig in a partnership with Qdos Entertainment called HQ Theatres, which continues to run the theatre on behalf of the local council.

In June 1991, the theatre was the scene of an attempted IRA bombing, before a performance by the Blues and Royals band.[1]

Artists

The following is a selective list of artists to have trod the boards at the Beck:

Transport

Buses

The 90, 195, 427, 607, H98 and U7 buses all stop at the Beck Theatre. Alight at the traffic lights at the junction of Uxbridge Road and Grange Road.

Train

The closest train station is Hayes and Harlington, which is approximately miles (2.0 km) away. The 90, 195, and H98 buses connect Hayes and Harlington Station and the Beck Theatre.

Tube

Uxbridge is the closest London Underground station. The 427, 607, and U7 buses connect Uxbridge Station and the Beck Theatre.

Car

There is a free car park at the theatre. Audience members may be dropped off at the main theatre-entrance prior to parking.

External links

References

  1. ^ Kirby, Terry (11 February 1993). "Terrorist who mercilessly used his 60-year-old lover: James Canning discovered the perfect cover in a home in north-west London". The Independent. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Ian Anderson setlist". Set list site. 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Beck Theatre archive listings". UK Theatre Web. 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Exciting autumn line-up at The Beck". Get West London. 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Chas & Dave UK tour hitting Hayes Beck Theatre". This is local London. 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Jim Davidson - Beck Theatre, November 25". The Latest News. 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Alan Davies brings his small victory to Beck Theatre". Windsor Observer. 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Billy Fury: 1". Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Archive listings for Hinge and Bracket". UK Theatre Web. 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Archive listings for Dennis Locorriere". UK Theatre Web. 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Lee Mack; Events 2007". Last.fm. 2006. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "A Demon Barber, razor-sharp comedy and a close shave on a mountain GoingoutTouching the Void". The Daily Telegraph. 2003. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Rolling with the punches". Get West London. 2010. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Osmonds to perform classic hits at the Beck Theatre, Hayes". Get West London. 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Former lead singer of Showaddywaddy looks back at the good ol' times - and the bad - of the 1970s". News Shopper. 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Frank Skinner comes to the Beck Theatre in Hayes". Harrow Times. 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Freddie Starr hams it up at the Beck". Get West London. 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "Spotlight on Barbara Windsor MBE: Sixty Glorious Years". It's Behind You. 2014. Retrieved 2017.

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