what's on


Welcome to the Clifftown Theatre & Studios website. Built in 1865 with its magnificent gothic bell tower and stunning fascia, Clifftown United Reformed Church has been one of the finest sites in Southend for over a century. Purchased in 2008, it was transformed into a stunning state-of-the-art Theatre and performance space and awarded the Southend Society's 'Clifftown Award' for 2010. With 5 rehearsal studios and a dynamic theatre space, Clifftown Theatre & Studios has given rise to a diverse range of shows, workshops, summer schools, community events and professional touring productions, and is home to the world renowned East 15 Acting School.


And that's a wrap! The final curtain of 2014 has come down and we would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have joined us this year. We hope you have enjoyed the productions that we've offered ans we look forward to welcoming you back soon! In the meantime, from all at The Clifftown Theatre, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas, a fantastic New Year, and for those of you who cannot wait for more, below is a sneaky peak to what's coming up in our 2015 Spring Season. Enjoy!


Want more info? Just click on a show title in the 'What's On' box to find out more!


CANALS: 5-7 Feb 


THE MAZE: 12-14 Feb






GO SOLO: 19-21 Mar





16th Jan


Avalon revolves around a young businessman by the name of Sabantu who, desperate to save his mother's wilting life, reluctantly takes on the advice from an inyanga (a prophet) to embark on a search for his maternal grandmother's grave in one of South Africa's largest cemeteries - Avalon. Sabantu is instructed to perform a ritual on the gravesite, but upon finding it, he is shocked to discover the vastness of the gravescape! On the verge of despair he encounters a mysterious hunchback who promises to help him find the grave.

Actor and Writer Lunga Radebe will embody about 8 different characters in the play, all of which form part of an intriguing story, synonymous to the cut-throat dramaturgy of South African township theatre.



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From adults to children, and from the traditional to the unusual, Clifftown Theatre offers something for everyone to enjoy!




TUES:   9am-5pm

WED:    9am-5pm


If calling outside of these hours please leave a voice message and someone will reply to your query shortly. Alternatively, you can book online or email us at clifftown@essex.ac.uk


Already know which show you'd like to see? Why not CLICK HERE to go straight through to the Box Office online booking service. NB:  please call The Box Office to book specific seats, and to discuss any mobility issues or special needs: 01702 328335