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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


£4 Film: Die Hard (15)
£4 Film: Die Hard (15)
£4 Film: Elf (PG)
£4 Film: Elf (PG)
£4 Film: Paddington (PG)
£4 Film: Paddington (PG)
A Boy Called Christmas (PG)
A Boy Called Christmas (PG)
Big Band at Christmas
Big Band at Christmas
Bon Players- Silly Cow
Bon Players- Silly Cow
Catch-up: Boss Baby 2 (PG)
Catch-up: Boss Baby 2 (PG)
Christmas with Andre (PG)
Christmas with Andre (PG)
Clifford (PG)
Clifford (PG)
Copper Studios: RENT
Copper Studios: RENT
Echoes of the Front Room
Echoes of the Front Room
Encanto (PG)
Encanto (PG)
Flying High- Aladdin
Flying High- Aladdin
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (12A)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (12A)
It's A Wonderful Life (U)
It's A Wonderful Life (U)
Jazz In The Bar
Jazz In The Bar
Jazz in the Bar- Matinee
Jazz in the Bar- Matinee
Jazz Steps: Dinosaur
Jazz Steps: Dinosaur
King Richard (12A)
King Richard (12A)
Mayor's Panto- Sleeping Beauty
Mayor's Panto- Sleeping Beauty
Men Who Sing (PG) + CMVC
Men Who Sing (PG) + CMVC
Mothering Sunday (15)
Mothering Sunday (15)
NT Live: Book of Dust (12A)
NT Live: Book of Dust (12A)
NT Live: Hex (12A)
NT Live: Hex (12A)
NT Live: Leopoldstadt
NT Live: Leopoldstadt
Organ- Christmas Show
Organ- Christmas Show
Organ- Jon Smith
Organ- Jon Smith
Power of the Dog (15)
Power of the Dog (15)
ROH Live: Nutcracker (U)
ROH Live: Nutcracker (U)
ROH: Tosca (12A)
ROH: Tosca (12A)
Spencer (12A)
Spencer (12A)
Spencer James
Spencer James
Tony Farrell Big Band
Tony Farrell Big Band
We Three Kings
We Three Kings
West Side Story (PG)
West Side Story (PG)