to see a slideshow of the works
is how the theatre used to look
This is what it looks like now work has commenced
appeal known as Barn 2000, A Vision for the Millennium,
is the largest project undertaken by the trustees of the charity since the theatre
opened in 1924.
ambitious scheme of radical improvements, the main object of the proposals is
to extend the theatre on the West side to provide a large new green room and bar
together with an internal staircase to the gallery. Additionally the theatre will
also be providing toilet facilities for the disabled adjacent to the foyer, creating
extra full height wing space on stage with an external loading facility and a
further dressing room. Wheelchair access to the stage from the dressing rooms
has been incorporated in the new plans and modifications within the ground floor
of the auditorium are also planned. These further improvements will sustain the
policy of equal opportunities for patrons, actors, musicians, technicians and
indeed all that choose to cross the threshold of this very special venue.
supplement continuing fund raising and increase the profile of the theatre, all
the residents of Oxted and Limpsfield have received an appeal brochure setting
out details of the proposals. The response to date has been overwhelming and the
current total of partnership funding from this and other fund raising activities
is now over £196,000 and rising steadily. A magnificent sum that would not have
been achievable without the support of all our friends and supporters.
works started on the 14th May 2001, almost 78 years to the day after those to
the original building commenced and the archaeological exploration that continued
whilst the digger was on site found nothing of particular interest except a broken
plate. Excitement built as the archaeologist proclaimed she could date this fragment
accurately. On the back of the plate were the date of 1944, the initials GR and
the Royal Crest! Obviously a remnant from when the theatre was used as army billets
during the war. Otherwise nothing of significance was found.
a very busy summer last year the works on Phase One, the construction of the weatherproof
external shell are complete and a very successful opening was held in December
2002 attended by many friends and patrons of the theatre. Fundraising for Phase
Two, a minimum of £80,000, is still continuing and before the fitting out and
furnishing works to the interior can be completed we need to raise another £30,000.
However the works have started and a glance through the door to the gallery stairs
will reveal our progress so far in the Green Room. I am sure you will be impressed.
Apart from this the new dressing room backstage is in full use as are the enlarged
wings and scenery dock on stage. The preparation works to join the Green Room
to the auditorium are well advanced as can be seen from the new brickwork clearly
visible in the auditorium.
you are interested in having a tour of all we have achieved since last December
do make a note in your diary to come along to our Christmas Drinks and Nibbles
on Sunday 7th December. All are welcome and this is an opportunity to look around
in a relaxed fashion whilst meeting old and new friends who love this theatre
We are looking
to very exciting times at the Barn during the new millennium and if you wish to
be part of this by making a contribution to the appeal fund or in any other way
please telephone or write to Bruce Reed. Any contribution large or small helps
our vision become reality.
donít forget that support for the shows at the Barn is another direct way of contributing
to the appeal fund whilst enjoying yourself too and details of forthcoming productions
are to be found in the calendar.
celebrities Ronnie Corbett, Dame
Judi Dench, Richard Stilgoe and Peter
Ainsworth MP are patrons of the appeal and Tandridge Council have committed
£10,000 to the scheme; a good indication of the support for this delightful
theatre and these exciting proposals.
A TAX EFFICIENT GIFT AID FORM PLEASE CLICK HERE OR
IF YOU CAN HELP IN ANY WAY PLEASE CONTACT
Oxted and Limpsfield Barn Theatre Ltd, 15a High Street, Westerham, Kent.
Telephone 01959 561811 or Barntheatre@btinternet.com
interior of the extension at Christmas 2002
Ramage painting the mural in the new extension in 2003
The new bar almost completed,