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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


Belfast (12A)
Belfast (12A)
Boiling Point (15)
Boiling Point (15)
Bon Players...Play On!
Bon Players...Play On!
Brett Wales
Brett Wales
Catch-up: Dune (12A)
Catch-up: Dune (12A)
Clifford (PG)
Clifford (PG)
Copper Studios: RENT
Copper Studios: RENT
Don't Look Up (15)
Don't Look Up (15)
Drive My Car (15) + Free Food
Drive My Car (15) + Free Food
Echoes of the Front Room
Echoes of the Front Room
Electrical Life (12A)
Electrical Life (12A)
House of Gucci (15)
House of Gucci (15)
Jazz In The Bar
Jazz In The Bar
JazzSteps: Alex Hitchcock
JazzSteps: Alex Hitchcock
JazzSteps: AlinaHipHarp
JazzSteps: AlinaHipHarp
JazzSteps: Ben Crosland
JazzSteps: Ben Crosland
JazzSteps: Fergus McCreadie
JazzSteps: Fergus McCreadie
JazzSteps: Ivo Neame
JazzSteps: Ivo Neame
JazzSteps: Mark Lockheart
JazzSteps: Mark Lockheart
JazzSteps: Matt Ratcliffe
JazzSteps: Matt Ratcliffe
JazzSteps: Michael Moore
JazzSteps: Michael Moore
JazzSteps: Rebecca Nash
JazzSteps: Rebecca Nash
JazzSteps: Skylla
JazzSteps: Skylla
JazzSteps: Sloth Racket
JazzSteps: Sloth Racket
Licorice Pizza (15) + Pizza!
Licorice Pizza (15) + Pizza!
Mayor's Panto- Sleeping Beauty
Mayor's Panto- Sleeping Beauty
Nightmare Alley (15)
Nightmare Alley (15)
NT Live: Book of Dust (12A)
NT Live: Book of Dust (12A)
NT Live: Henry V (12A)
NT Live: Henry V (12A)
NT Live: Leopoldstadt
NT Live: Leopoldstadt
Patsy Cline & Friends
Patsy Cline & Friends
Power of the Dog (15)
Power of the Dog (15)
ROH Live: La Traviata (12A)
ROH Live: La Traviata (12A)
ROH Live: Romeo & Juliet (12A)
ROH Live: Romeo & Juliet (12A)
ROH: Rigoletto (12A)
ROH: Rigoletto (12A)
ROH: Swan Lake (12A)
ROH: Swan Lake (12A)
Spencer James
Spencer James
The Lost Daughter (15)
The Lost Daughter (15)
The Matrix 4 (15)
The Matrix 4 (15)
Tony Farrell Big Band
Tony Farrell Big Band
Tragedy of Macbeth (15)
Tragedy of Macbeth (15)