Theatre to Rent

Tuesday 10 May 2016

The former Bedford Girls’ High School in Bromham Road, Bedford has now opened up its fabulous facilities to the wider community.

The main building is now The Bedford Sixth Form, offering a 16+ only alternative to school sixth forms. Offering a wide range of A-Level courses, the distinctive building is popular with students who see it as a step up towards university.

What was the ‘school’ swimming pool, sports rooms and theatre, all part of a multi-million build at the back of the site, is now called Trinity Leisure and is open to the public. Following an expensive overhaul, the 25 metre pool is now full every day of the week, while spinning and sports hall facilities are popular, the theatre is now raising curtain on a new future.

Photo: Annie by Bedford Free School who hired the hall for production

Already the home of the long established Bedford Film Society, Trinity Theatre also houses the now thoroughly modern Marianettes. The name will be familiar to fans of pantomime and musical comedy in Bedford and founders Eric and Joan Pates are still involved. But the range of shows is now a little more “London - New York - Bedford”.

Most recent was the production of Rent set amid the lives of the homeless in New York. Next up is Kiss Me Kate - a traditional musical which will be given a 21st Century twist.

The theatre is also “For Rent” to local schools and other clubs. 

Bedford Free School, which is the top of town in more than GCSE results, used the venue to stage a production of Annie this year.

“We have so much to offer and such flexible facilities,” explained Andrew Keen, Managing Director of BCS Ltd which is responsible for commercial operations such as venue hire,

“For instance the old church on the site, used as a student restaurant, is available for hire for events. The large area downstairs has can be used for various activities and in addition we have smaller rooms on the site to rent too. 

“The big benefit is our on-site parking available for evening, weekend or ‘school’ holidays. There is also day parking at the former junior school site just round the corner.

“So we really are opening up facilities to the wider community and would like to hear from all and any organisations in the local community.”

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