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The Bonington Theatre within Arnold Leisure Centre is unique in England, being the only purpose built combination of a theatre and swimming pool (there are just two others in Northern Ireland). The theatre is situated on the first floor adjacent to a recently refurbished, well-appointed bar with soft furnishings and a baby grand piano.

The Bonington Theatre is one of the best-equipped theatres for its size in Nottinghamshire. It is well liked by both visiting performers and local community groups; attracting audiences from all over north Nottinghamshire.

The theatre presents wide-ranging, mixed programme of amateur and professional performances including jazz, folk and popular music gigs, drama and dance and more traditional community-produced drama.

The Bonington Theatre is part of a modern complex of buildings including the local leisure centre and library. The theatre is a flat floor space with raked seating (178 seats) with an adjacent, well-appointed bar. Though sited on the first floor of the leisure centre the theatre has good physical access, ample car parking and a modern box office system.

The Bonington Theatre is owned and managed by Gedling Borough Council.

Theatre For hire

The Bonington Theatre welcomes enquiries from theatre companies producing work of high quality and that can appeal to a broad cross section of our communities, and would welcome discussions about how we might bring your next production to our venue.

See the About Us page for technical information

Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE


A Night at the Louvre (U)
A Night at the Louvre (U)
Abba Sensation
Abba Sensation
Bear Left: Strange Case
Bear Left: Strange Case
Carmilla (15)
Carmilla (15)
Catch-up: Pinocchio (PG)
Catch-up: Pinocchio (PG)
I Am Greta (12A)
I Am Greta (12A)
Katherine Jenkins- Christmas (U)
Katherine Jenkins- Christmas (U)
Little Mix: LM5 The Tour
Little Mix: LM5 The Tour
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (U)
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (U)
Northern Ballet: Dracula
Northern Ballet: Dracula
NT Live: All My Sons (12A)
NT Live: All My Sons (12A)
NT Live: Frankenstein (12)
NT Live: Frankenstein (12)
NT Live: War Horse (12A)
NT Live: War Horse (12A)
NT Live: War Horse (12A)
NT Live: War Horse (12A)
On The Rocks (12A)
On The Rocks (12A)
Riverdance (U)
Riverdance (U)
ROH- Nutcracker (U)
ROH- Nutcracker (U)
Saint Maud (15)
Saint Maud (15)
Stevie Nicks 24K Gold (PG)
Stevie Nicks 24K Gold (PG)
The Secret Garden (PG)
The Secret Garden (PG)
Two by Two: Overboard (U)
Two by Two: Overboard (U)
Uncle Vanya (Cert TBC)
Uncle Vanya (Cert TBC)