The Broadway was originally the Barking Assembly Hall, designed in the 1930’s as part of the Town Hall and completed in 1962. It was used sporadically for a variety of events from ballet to boxing. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham recognised the need for a high quality performance venue in the borough. It joined forces with
The venue was modernised and redesigned by Tim Foster Architects and reopened in September 2004. The theatre includes a glass façade and foyer space, an auditorium with flexible seating, with a capacity of 341, which can be extended to 850 for a standing event.
The venue is managed by Barking & Dagenham Council and is the flagship cultural building in the borough and surrounding areas.
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