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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


Arts Festival Tribute Concert
Arts Festival Tribute Concert
Book Club (12A)
Book Club (12A)
Chris Powell
Chris Powell
Crime Writing: Stephen Booth
Crime Writing: Stephen Booth
Frank Meets Ella - Tony Farrell Big Band
Frank Meets Ella - Tony Farrell Big Band
Funny Girl (U)
Funny Girl (U)
Greatest Showman (PG)
Greatest Showman (PG)
Hotel Transylvania 3 (U)
Hotel Transylvania 3 (U)
Incredibles 2 (PG)
Incredibles 2 (PG)
Jazz In The Bar
Jazz In The Bar
John Miller & Grant Dermody
John Miller & Grant Dermody
Jurassic World (12A)
Jurassic World (12A)
Mamma Mia 2 (PG)
Mamma Mia 2 (PG)
Mary Shelley (12A)
Mary Shelley (12A)
Maya The Bee 2 (U)
Maya The Bee 2 (U)
Maya The Bee 2 (U)- Babies
Maya The Bee 2 (U)- Babies
Nothing Like A Dame (12A)
Nothing Like A Dame (12A)
Ocean's 8 (12A)
Ocean's 8 (12A)
Revival - ENCORE
Revival - ENCORE
Roy Orbison & Brenda Lee
Roy Orbison & Brenda Lee
Skyscraper (12A)
Skyscraper (12A)
Spitfire (PG)
Spitfire (PG)
Swimming With Men (12A)
Swimming With Men (12A)
The Bachelors w/ John Stokes
The Bachelors w/ John Stokes
The Bookshop (PG)
The Bookshop (PG)
The Guernsey (12A)
The Guernsey (12A)
The Happy Prince (15)
The Happy Prince (15)
The Little Vampire (U)
The Little Vampire (U)
Thomas & Friends (U)
Thomas & Friends (U)
Yellow Submarine (U)
Yellow Submarine (U)