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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


Born To Dance
Born To Dance
Camilla George Quartet
Camilla George Quartet
Carmen (12A)
Carmen (12A)
Decades With Roy & Buddy
Decades With Roy & Buddy
Di & Viv & Rose
Di & Viv & Rose
Dirty Dancing (30th Anniversary)
Dirty Dancing (30th Anniversary)
Dominic J Marshall Trio
Dominic J Marshall Trio
Early Man (U)
Early Man (U)
Ed Jones Quartet
Ed Jones Quartet
Eddie Henderson
Eddie Henderson
Jim Mullen Organ Trio
Jim Mullen Organ Trio
Journey's End (12A)
Journey's End (12A)
Julian Siegel Quartet
Julian Siegel Quartet
Kiss Me Kate (U)
Kiss Me Kate (U)
Lady Be Good: Ella Fitzgerald
Lady Be Good: Ella Fitzgerald
Lady Bird (15)
Lady Bird (15)
Last Flag Flying (15)
Last Flag Flying (15)
Macbeth (12A)
Macbeth (12A)
Maciek Pysz & Gianluca Corona
Maciek Pysz & Gianluca Corona
Madagascar - NYT
Madagascar - NYT
Maze Runner 3 (12A)
Maze Runner 3 (12A)
Murder On The Nile
Murder On The Nile
Patsy Cline & Friends
Patsy Cline & Friends
Richard D Hall
Richard D Hall
Roy Orbison & Brenda Lee Tribute
Roy Orbison & Brenda Lee Tribute
The King Lear
The King Lear
The Mercy (12A)
The Mercy (12A)
The Messenger
The Messenger
The Post (12A)
The Post (12A)
The Shape Of Water (15)
The Shape Of Water (15)
Those Were The Days
Those Were The Days
Tony Stockwell (Medium)
Tony Stockwell (Medium)
Wallace & Gromit (U)
Wallace & Gromit (U)
Winter's Tale (ROH)
Winter's Tale (ROH)