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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


80 Days (PG)
80 Days (PG)
Abba Sensation
Abba Sensation
Addams Family 2 (PG)
Addams Family 2 (PG)
Annette (15)
Annette (15)
Big Band at Christmas
Big Band at Christmas
Bon Players- Lady Vanishes
Bon Players- Lady Vanishes
Candyman (15)
Candyman (15)
Cliff Richard- The Great 80
Cliff Richard- The Great 80
Conni & The Cat (U)
Conni & The Cat (U)
Extra: Last Bus (12A)
Extra: Last Bus (12A)
Falling For Stradivari (U)
Falling For Stradivari (U)
Gagarine (12A)
Gagarine (12A)
Herself (15)
Herself (15)
Herself (15) + Q&A
Herself (15) + Q&A
Jazz in the Bar
Jazz in the Bar
Jazz Steps: Alison Rayner
Jazz Steps: Alison Rayner
Jazz Steps: Andrea Vicari
Jazz Steps: Andrea Vicari
Jazz Steps: Basil Hodge Q'Tet
Jazz Steps: Basil Hodge Q'Tet
Jazz Steps: Byron Wallen
Jazz Steps: Byron Wallen
Jazz Steps: Dinosaur
Jazz Steps: Dinosaur
Jazz Steps: Rude 2.0
Jazz Steps: Rude 2.0
Jazz Steps: Will Glaser Trio
Jazz Steps: Will Glaser Trio
Jazz Steps: World Service/Roller
Jazz Steps: World Service/Roller
Malignant (18)
Malignant (18)
Monstrous Mayhem
Monstrous Mayhem
NT Live: Romeo & Juliet (12A)
NT Live: Romeo & Juliet (12A)
Organ- Chris Stanbury
Organ- Chris Stanbury
Organ- Robert Davies
Organ- Robert Davies
Our Ladies (15)
Our Ladies (15)
Pebble & The Boy (15)
Pebble & The Boy (15)
Respect (12A)
Respect (12A)
Revival - The Pearl Concerts
Revival - The Pearl Concerts
Shang Chi (12A)
Shang Chi (12A)
Spencer James
Spencer James
Spice World (PG)
Spice World (PG)
The Courier (12)
The Courier (12)
The Nest (15)
The Nest (15)
Tony Stockwell
Tony Stockwell
We Three Kings
We Three Kings
WonderDome Planetarium
WonderDome Planetarium