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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


An Inconvenient Sequel (PG)
An Inconvenient Sequel (PG)
Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas
Battle Of The Sexes
Battle Of The Sexes
Big Band at Christmas
Big Band at Christmas
Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049
Born To Dance
Born To Dance
Cloudmakers Trio Plus 2
Cloudmakers Trio Plus 2
Decades with Roy & Buddy
Decades with Roy & Buddy
Decades With Roy & Buddy
Decades With Roy & Buddy
Dick Whittington
Dick Whittington
Ferdinand (U)
Ferdinand (U)
It's A Wonderful Life
It's A Wonderful Life
It's A Wonderful Life (U)
It's A Wonderful Life (U)
Murder On The Orient Express
Murder On The Orient Express
Nobody's Perfect
Nobody's Perfect
Our Last Tango
Our Last Tango
Paddington 2
Paddington 2
Stan Tracey Legacy Octet
Stan Tracey Legacy Octet
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)
Talinka/Orient House
Talinka/Orient House
The Justice League
The Justice League
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
Those Were The Days
Those Were The Days
Tosca (12A)
Tosca (12A)
Winter's Tale (ROH)
Winter's Tale (ROH)