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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


ABBA Sensation
ABBA Sensation
Academy of Dance
Academy of Dance
Benedetta (18)
Benedetta (18)
Benediction (12A)
Benediction (12A)
Bluecoat Wollaton Arts Showcase
Bluecoat Wollaton Arts Showcase
Buddy's Winter Dance Party
Buddy's Winter Dance Party
Cabaret (15)- 50
Cabaret (15)- 50
Catch-up: Bad Guys (U)
Catch-up: Bad Guys (U)
Catch-up: Phantom (12A)
Catch-up: Phantom (12A)
Chris Stanbury - Organ
Chris Stanbury - Organ
Downton Abbey 2 (PG)
Downton Abbey 2 (PG)
Dr. Strange (12A)
Dr. Strange (12A)
Echoes of the Front Room
Echoes of the Front Room
Elizabeth: A Portrait (12A)
Elizabeth: A Portrait (12A)
Father Earth + Q&A
Father Earth + Q&A
Jazz in the Bar
Jazz in the Bar
JazzSteps: Ben Crosland
JazzSteps: Ben Crosland
JazzSteps: Fergus McCreadie
JazzSteps: Fergus McCreadie
JazzSteps: Michael Moore
JazzSteps: Michael Moore
Kevin Grunill - Organ
Kevin Grunill - Organ
NT Live: Prima Facie (15)
NT Live: Prima Facie (15)
NT Live: Straight Line Crazy
NT Live: Straight Line Crazy
Operation Mincemeat (12A)
Operation Mincemeat (12A)
Patsy Cline & Friends
Patsy Cline & Friends
ROH: Swan Lake (12A)
ROH: Swan Lake (12A)
Roll Back The Years - Revival
Roll Back The Years - Revival
Songs From The Movies
Songs From The Movies
Summers In Time Show
Summers In Time Show
The Northman (15)
The Northman (15)
The Road Dance (15)
The Road Dance (15)
Theatretrain- Icons
Theatretrain- Icons
When Pigs Escape + Q&A
When Pigs Escape + Q&A