Beck Theatre Facade

Beck Theatre Facade

Beck Theatre  Interior

Beck Theatre Interior

 

The Beck Theatre is a 600-seat theatre in Hayes, in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It was built in 1977 at a cost of £2.5 million. The Beck is a community theatre, offering one-night concerts, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, children's shows, films, opera, pantomime, and a children's summer project.

The Beck Theatre was built in 1977 by Hillingdon Borough Council, with a bequest from Councillor Alfred Beck. It was purpose-built as a community-focused theatre, and is set in a parkland aspect adjoining a botanical garden (the Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens). The Beck was one of forty buildings considered for the Royal Institute of British Architects London region award in 1978, and in 2004 won an Access Award from Hillingdon Council for its resources for disabled and elderly people.

A fund shortage threatened the theatre's future in 1984, when it was saved by a local petition. It was taken over in 1986 by impresario Charles Vance. The management contract passed then to Hetherington Seelig, followed by Apollo Leisure in 1992 (later bought out by Clear Channel Entertainment). In 2006, the Beck reverted to Hetherington Seelig in a partnership with Qdos Entertainment called HQ Theatres, which continues to run the theatre on behalf of the local council. In June 1991, the theatre was the scene of an attempted IRA bombing, before a performance by the Blues and Royals band.

The Beck Theatre welcomes people with disabilities or mobility issues. Please let them know how they can help you. The Beck Theatre welcomes people with disabilities or mobility issues and has been specially designed to ensure access for all. They are committed to ensuring that your visit to the theatre is as enjoyable as possible. If you have any questions or if there is anything they can do to help, then please let them know. For example, you may like a tour of the theatre prior to the show to familiarise yourself with the surroundings. If this is the case then please contact them and they can arrange a visit.

They offer complimentary tickets to Essential Companions for disabled customers (not available online) and on several of their shows there are also concessions available. For further information please contact the Box Office on 020 8561 8371.

Car Parking. The theatre has a free car park with specific spaces for 13 blue badge holders for 4 brown badge holders.

Inside The Theatre. Wheelchair access to the theatre foyer is via a ramp to the right of the main entrance and through a set of automated doors. Once in the foyer, there is level access to the bar, coffee shop, patio and disabled toilet. Entrance to the auditorium is via ramped corridors on both the Box Office and Bar sides of the foyer. Most of the seating within the auditorium is of the traditional raked amphitheatre style with steps to each row. The upper seating and steps are steep and without handrails. Customers with mobility difficulties may wish to avoid this area. Wheelchair users cannot be accomodated in this area. Wheelchair users are accommodated in up to 8 licensed spaces, 4 each side of the front rows, adjacent to ramped emergency exits. Additional seating is provided next to these spaces for a companion. If you require particular seating arrangements to accommodate any difficulties you may have in attending performances please contact the Box Office.

Customers using large motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters to access the theatre should inform the Box Office at the time of booking or where tickets have not been pre-booked, immediately upon arrival. Their staff will advise you on where you can park your mobility scooter.

The Box Office is briefed on production style and content of performances and information is offered in good faith however, please be aware that the creative elements of a live performance may not have been finalised at the time of booking and may even be changed during the performance day. Warning notices advising of the use of stroboscopic lighting effects and pyrotechnic explosives are displayed in the entrance foyer on the day of the performances concerned.

Hearing Assistance. The theatre auditorium has an Induction Loop System - this technology uses an invisible magnetic field to match the sound. You can pick up this signal by setting your hearing aid or loop listening aid to 'T', adjust your hearing aid volume in the usual way. The loop system is checked regularly to ensure that it is operating correctly. However, in the unlikely event that you experience any difficulty, please report the matter to a member of staff immediately. For details of Signed Performances please contact the Box Office.

Visual Assistance. Pre-performance tours of the stage and set for patrons with visual impairments can be organised for individuals or small groups. Please contact them in advance to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Assistance Dogs. If you are attending with your assistance dog then please advise the Box Office so that seating with suitable access can be arranged. Please let us know in advance if you have any specific requirements so that staff may be prepared for your visit.

Infants aged under two years should be accommodated on parents’ or guardians’ lap. No charge will be made. For children aged two and over usual ticket prices and concessions will apply and a seat will be allocated. The Beck Theatre retains the right to exclude babes in arms from any performance.

 

Location : The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2UE

Transport: Hayes & Harlington (National Rail) then bus. Underground : Uxbridge (Metropolitan Line, Piccadilly Line) then bus. London Buses routes : 90, H98, 195, 407 and 627 stop outside.

What's On

Seating Plan.

Access Line : 020 8561 8371

Tel: 020 8561 8371