On 29th June, Streatham Hill Theatre was announced as being added to the SAVE Britain’s Heritage Buildings at Risk Register 2022.
The theatre campaign has gained two new Patrons – David Harewood and Jools Holland
, as well as a new 15 minute video (which you can watch below) about the campaign and the work being done to save this sleeping beauty from the wreckers’ ball.
David Harewood MBE and Jools Holland OBE DL have become Patrons of The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre campaign to find a sustainable solution to the future of the building, and promote its return to use as an arts and culture venue for the community. Harewood and Holland join the other distinguished Patrons of the campaign who include Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE, DL, Samira Ahmed, and Sir Mark Rylance.
Also, broadcast journalism students at the University of Westminster have published online a student documentary featuring Sherwood star, and campaign Patron, Robert Glenister, and others, covering the history of the Theatre, its importance, and the campaign to save it. You can watch this by clicking the image above.
Responding to these announcements, David Harvey, Chair, The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre said “These developments demonstrate yet more recognition for the majestic Streatham Hill Theatre, its historic importance, and the breadth and depth of support in the community for the building to be rejuvenated for a future in arts and culture.”
Jools Holland said: “The prospect of bringing back to life a theatre in South London, with a stage the equivalent size of the Palladium, is very exciting. My friend the late Chris Barber and his jazz band played there in the fifties, and it would be so wonderful to see the Streatham Hill Theatre filled with all kinds of music once again. I’m delighted to add my support to this important campaign to save it.”
David Harewood said: “Theatre and the Creative Arts are so important for people’s well-being, which is just one of the reasons I’m fully behind the Friends’ campaign to bring this very special building back to life as a beating heart for our wonderful Streatham community and beyond.”
Henrietta Billings, Director, SAVE Britain’s Heritage, said: “With dazzlingly opulent interiors, this exceptional 1920s theatre is an important part of London’s rich cultural history. Remarkably little altered since it opened, it is well-suited to being brought back into use as a performance venue. SAVE Britain’s Heritage is today adding it to our Buildings at Risk Register as the theatre has lain largely disused for some time and is highly vulnerable to redevelopment. Fortunately, The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre have a vision to bring the theatre back into use for the community. SAVE wholeheartedly supports their initiative.”