Brookside theatre unveils 2021 reopening plans with a half term treat for young children including Peter Rabbit.

The Brookside Theatre, Eastern Road, will be back in action again, when it reopens next month.
The first production will be a brand new musical adventure based on Beatrix Potter’s lovable rascal, Peter Rabbit. In partnership with The Badur Foundation, The Tale of Peter Rabbit will mark the first of several shows at the theatre aimed specifically for young children and their families. This enchanting production will open on Monday 31st May with a restricted seating capacity and social-distancing in accordance with government guidelines.

If Covid-19 restrictions allow, there will follow an exciting summer / autumn season of non-socially distanced performances which include productions of MGM’s classic musical, The Wizard of Oz from the 6th July and the hit sixties musical, Hairspray in September. Top tributes shows include Get Back – The Story of the Beatles, One Night of Tom Jones, The Jerry Lee Lewis Story, starring Brookside favourite Peter Gill as the man himself, Michael Jackson The Legacy, The Rod Stewart Songbook and a brand new theatre show, An Audience with Gary Borlow. There will also celebrity performances by Cheryl Baker, the welcome return of National Treasure, Richard Digance and later in the year, the legendary Tommy Canon and friends take to the stage in a nostalgic and unmissable night of comedy, Laugh Me A Laugh.

Aside from a fantastic year of events planned, the theatre are proud to announce newly refurbished toilets and Kiosk now selling freshly ground coffee and speciality teas, with many more exciting developments in the pipeline.

Theatre founder and artistic director, Jai Sepple said: “We cannot wait to open our doors once again. It’s been a long journey through a truly difficult year but we are finally looking forward to welcoming back friends and patrons with a renewed confidence and appetite for live performance, reaffirming our place as the cultural hub of Romford. With the kind assistance of local companies such as Capital Window Doctor (, Laser Essex Ltd. and Sound Choice Hire Ltd., there has been so much work happening throughout lockdown to improve facilities at the theatre and I am really pleased that we can look to a bright future, announcing forthcoming productions. I’d also like to thank those that have kindly donated to the theatre in anyway.”

The Brookside Theatre are currently running a crowdfunding appeal to raise money to replace the windows throughout. Any and all donations are appreciated and if you would like to help please visit

In additional, the theatre are also looking for local people to join their friendly volunteer front-of-house team when the venue reopens. If you have a couple of hours a month free and are interested in getting involved, email

Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford said “There has been so much work happening throughout the Covid outbreak to improve facilities at the Brookside Theatre and I am really pleased that they can now take the first tentative steps by announcing what future productions they plan to host. I want to thank all those involved, for the hard work they have put into getting the theatre ready. The Brookside Theatre is an incredible asset to Romford and our community and truly deserves our collective support. I wish them every success with their future.”

For more information about all future productions and to book tickets visit

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