Celebrating 30 Years!

The Hawth first opened its doors to the public in April 1988 and ever since has offered a diverse programme of top quality arts and entertainment.

Some of the many famous faces to have appeared on The Hawth stage include Richard Wilson, Alexandra Burke, Nigel Havers, Pandit Ravi Shankar,  Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Carr, Nigel Kennedy, Marti Pellow, Russell Brand, Miranda Hart, Stephen Mulhern and Derren Brown.

Hit West End musicals have included West Side Story, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Evita, Blood Brothers, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Chicago and The Bodyguard.

Visiting companies have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal National Theatre, D'Oyly Carte, English National Opera and English National Ballet as well as renowned international companies and performers from all corners of the world.

The Hawth hosted a Royal Gala in March 1992, when Her Royal Highness The Princess Of Wales attended a performance of London City Ballet's Romeo & Juliet.

The Studio has also featured many shows, performers and companies that have gone on to great success. Where else could you sit in an intimate 146-seat theatre and enjoy the talents of such little-known stars (at the time) as Jamie Cullum, Jack Dee, Julian Clary, Love Actually and Miranda star Sally Phillips, Neil Pearson (Drop The Dead Donkey, Bridget Jones) and Mark Williams (The Fast Show and Harry Potter). 

It's always been part of The Hawth's philosophy to encourage participation in the arts and there are opportunities to get involved in everything from dance, theatre, music, art and creative writing amongst many other activities in the Sway Dance Studio and The Loft.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary creative writing tutor Alison Carter organised a series of writing workshops which used the 30th anniversary as a starting point for writer's imaginations. 

Alison takes up the story "Writers were asked to use The Hawth as inspiration, and the General Manager gave a backstage tour to spark ideas, which certainly had the desired effect. Course members got to work, sharpening up their technical fiction skills and sharing their ideas and progress in joint critiques.

Most participants found time to complete a whole story, and these are the result. There’s romance, theatrical magic, heartache, personal journeys, and even a couple of ghosts! Every story features the theatre – in the present day, or back in 1988, or both. They explore its hidden areas, its every day work, its famous panto and even its grounds. We hope you enjoy them."

Read the stories here




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